Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II
A LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLER • A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITOR'S CHOICE • Bestselling author Richard Reeves provides an authoritative account of the internment of more than 120,000 Japanese-Americans and Japanese aliens during World War II
“Highly readable . . . [A] vivid and instructive reminder of what war and fear can do to civilized people.” ―Evan Thomas, The New York Times Book Review
After Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt signed an executive order that forced more than 120,000 Japanese Americans into primitive camps for the rest of war. Their only crime: looking like the enemy.
In Infamy, acclaimed historian Richard Reeves delivers a sweeping narrative of this atrocity. Men we usually consider heroes―FDR, Earl Warren, Edward R. Murrow―were in this case villains. We also learn of internees who joined the military to fight for the country that had imprisoned their families, even as others fought for their rights all the way to the Supreme Court. The heart of the book, however, tells the poignant stories of those who endured years in “war relocation camps,” many of whom suffered this injustice with remarkable grace.
Racism and war hysteria led to one of the darkest episodes in American history. But by recovering the past, Infamy has given voice to those who ultimately helped the nation better understand the true meaning of patriotism.
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signs in the windows, like the one at an empty grocery in Little Tokyo, which said, MANY THANKS FOR YOUR PATRONAGE. HOPE TO SERVE YOU IN THE NEAR FUTURE. GOD BE WITH YOU UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN. MR. AND MRS. KISERI. In San Francisco, American Japanese found notes with very different messages slipped under their doors, like this one to the Tamaki family: “This is a warning. Get out. We don’t want you in our beautiful country. Go where your ancestors came from. Once a Jap, always one. Get out.” On
prostitution. Charles Kikuchi, the grad student at Berkeley, wrote the diary he faithfully kept about a “bull session” with friends. J.Y. said that a lot of the bachelors sent an unsigned letter to the Administration asking for licensed prostitution here because they “were going nuts.” J. thought the only solution was to put a few professional women here on a P&T (Professional and Technical) rating by the Administration to protect the young girls.… He claimed that promiscuity was growing after
Service Medal for his legal work, exactly five hundred evacuees were released to return to their home communities on the West Coast under a Bendetsen-approved plan called “Mixed-marriage non-exclusive policy.” The colonel had become concerned that the children of mixed marriages living in the all-Japanese camps were becoming “exposed to infectious Japanese thought.” After the release, he reported that “mixed-blood adults predominantly American in appearance and thought have been restored to their
of Battalion 2 in the 442nd. They served together in Italy before Bill was killed in action on July 11, 1944. The night before the brothers were talking and Bill said, “Boy, some of those shells are getting awfully close.” Bob laughed and said, “Well, what do you want me to tell them when I get home?” He regretted the wisecrack for the rest of his life. At the same time, more and more of the young people in the camps continued to head for colleges and jobs east of California. But there were