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Disputed Books Grows In Popularity

The debunking of a book about the atomic bombing of Japan seems to have made it more popular.

As of Tuesday morning, Charles Pellegrino's "Last Train from Hiroshima" ranked No. 78 on It was in the 200s on Monday when Henry Holt and Company, responding to questions raised by The Associated Press, halted publication.

Film rights for the book, released in January, have been acquired by "Avatar" director James Cameron.

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Publisher Henry Holt and Company, responding to questions from the AP, said Monday that author Charles Pellegrino "was not able to answer" concerns about "The Last Train from Hiroshima," including whether two men mentioned in the book actually existed.

Pellegrino had previously acknowledged that one of his interview subjects falsely claimed to be on a plane accompanying the Enola Gay, from which an atom bomb was dropped by the United States on Hiroshima in 1945.

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