BookReview: Underground: The Tokyo gas attack and the Japanese psyche
by Haruki Murakami, First Vintage International, 2000, 0-375-72580-6
Non-fiction work by an excellent novelist in the style of Studs Terkel. He interviews gas attack victims and the members of Aum. The striking dearth of panic during the attack is amazing. People were choking to death, and one person still went to the store to buy milk. He said he was amazed that he did this after the fact. The crime was heinous, and the emergency response was slow and wholly inadequate. Japanese society's rigid structures got in the way of a dynamic response.
Via Rob 2006
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