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Virtual Program | Breaking the True Story of the Atom Bomb: Lesley M.M. Blume and Adam Gopnik in Conversation


On the eve of the 75th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, revisit the history of the single most destructive event of the 20th century, and the fight to tell the public the truth of its impact.

In her new book, Fallout: The Hiroshima Cover-up and the Reporter Who Revealed It to the World, journalist and historian Lesley M.M. Blume explores the story of John Hersey, a reporter with The New Yorker who cut through misinformation campaigns, interviewed survivors of the blasts, and uncovered a US propaganda effort to downplay the true human cost of atomic warfare. In an era of “Fake News,” Hersey’s work to uncover the truth becomes all the more meaningful. Blume is joined in conversation by Adam Gopnik, whose countless award-winning writings have carried on The New Yorker‘s tradition of reportage.


Wednesday, August 05, 2020

6:30 pm

Virtual Program via Zoom Webinar


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  • Lesley Blume FALLOUT headshot, Color, Credit - Kendall Conrad (1)

    Lesley M. M. Blume

    Lesley M. M. Blume is an award-winning journalist, historian, and New York Times bestselling author. Her work has appeared in Vanity Fair, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, WSJ Magazine, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Paris Review Daily, Vogue, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, Slate, and Departures, among other publications.

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    Adam Gopnik

    Adam Gopnik has been writing for The New Yorker since 1986. During his more than thirty years at the magazine, he has written hundreds of essays, from personal memoirs to reviews and profiles, along with much reporting from abroad, along with fiction, humor and art criticism. His books range from essay collections about Paris and food to children’s novels, including his most recent, A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism. Gopnik has won the National Magazine Award for Essays and for Criticism three times, as well as the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting.