Strong in the Rain

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Strong in the Rain

Surviving Japan's Earthquake, Tsunami, and Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

By Lucy Birmingham; David McNeill

Palgrave MacMillan, Hardcover, 9780230341869, 226pp.

Publication Date: October 30, 2012

Blending history, science, and gripping storytelling, "Strong in the Rain" brings the 9.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Japan in 2011 and its immediate aftermath to life through the eyes of the men and women who experienced it. Following the narratives of six individuals, the book traces the shape of a disaster and the heroics it prompted, including that of David Chumreonlert, a Texan with Thai roots, trapped in his school's gymnasium with hundreds of students and teachers as it begins to flood, and Taro Watanabe, who thought nothing of returning to the Fukushima plant to fight the nuclear disaster, despite the effects that he knew would stay with him for the rest of his life. This is a beautifully written and moving account of how the Japanese experienced one of the worst earthquakes in history and endured its horrific consequences.

About the Author
Lucy Birmingham is "Time "magazine s Tokyo-based reporter and covered the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis. She is the co-author of "Strong in the Rain". Since coming to Japan in the mid-1980s, her articles have appeared in "Bloomberg News", "Newsweek", "The Wall Street Journal", and "The Boston Globe". She is also an editor and scriptwriter for NHK, Japan s national television and radio broadcaster. A board member of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan, she lives in Tokyo.

David McNeill is professor emeritus of linguistics and psychology at the University of Chicago and director of the Center for Gesture and Speech. He is the author of four previous books, including "Hand and Mind," also published by the University of Chicago Press, and the editor of "Language and Gesture."