The publisher of "The Last Train from Hiroshima" by Charles Pellegrino is halting publication – and that's been very good for sales.
The last few days have been rough ones for Charles Pellegrino, author of "The Last Train from Hiroshima," a nonfiction account of the 1945 atomic bombing of Japan. The veracity of a major source used in Pellegrino's book, which was published in January and had been receiving warm reviews, was suddenly called into question. Today, amid a widening scrutiny of the book – and Pellegrino's background – publisher Henry Holt and Company announced that they have halted publication.
But it seems that adversity has been good for sales. While the book's ranking at Amazon.com was in the 200s yesterday, today that number is 80.
As long as they still have copies, booksellers will be able to sell the book. But as of today, Henry Holt and Company have announced that they will not print or ship any additional copies.
Pellegrino's troubles began last month when an article in The New York Times raised questions about one of the book's most important sources. Former flight engineer Joseph Fuoco told Pellegrino that he was in one of the planes that escorted the Enola Gay, the plane that dropped an atom bomb on Hiroshima in 1945. Fuoco provided detailed information for Pellegrino's book. But Pellegrino now says that Fuoco may have deceived him and most likely was not on that flight.