Death in Life

Survivors of Hiroshima

By Robert Jay Lifton

With a new preface by the author

606 pp., 6 x 9

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-4344-4
    Published: November 1991
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-0-8078-8289-4
    Published: January 2012
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-8469-5
    Published: January 2012

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Awards & distinctions

1969 National Book Award in Science

In Japan, "hibakusha" means "the people affected by the explosion"--specifically, the explosion of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima in 1945. In this classic study, winner of the 1969 National Book Award in Science, Lifton studies the psychological effects of the bomb on 90,000 survivors. He sees this analysis as providing a last chance to understand--and be motivated to avoid--nuclear war. This compassionate treatment is a significant contribution to the atomic age.

About the Author

Robert Jay Lifton is lecturer on psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and author of Death in Life: Survivors of Hiroshima and The Nazi Doctors.
For more information about Robert Jay Lifton, visit the Author Page.


"One of those rare works destined to bear witness and change the lives of those who read it."--Newsweek

"A significant contribution to the atomic age."--New York Times

"[A] compassionate and important study of the malaise that still pollutes the spirits of many survivors."--Time