Every American should read this book to understand that when people say "Freedom isn't free," we're not the only ones bearing the cost. Hundreds of thousands of Japanese — normal people like you and me, getting up, going to work, getting their children off to school — paid the cost of ending World War II. Some of them disappeared in a flash, others endured the miserable aftermath of the atomic bomb. The image of one person's skin sloughing off their hands like gloves will never leave me. Everyone should read this.