From How John Hersey's Hiroshima revealed the horror of the bomb by Caroline Raphael in BBC Magazine on 22 August 2016:
"[Over] 70 years...have passed since the publication of a magazine story hailed as one of the greatest pieces of journalism ever written. Headlined simply Hiroshima, the 30,000-word article by John Hersey had a massive impact, revealing the full horror of nuclear weapons to the post-war generation...."
"Seventy years ago no-one talked about stories 'going viral', but the publication of John Hersey's article Hiroshima in The New Yorker achieved just that. It was talked of, commented on, read and listened to by many millions all over the world as they began to understand what really happened not just to the city but to the people of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945 and in the following days."