Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II

Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II

Richard Reeves

Language: English

Pages: 384

ISBN: 1250081688

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


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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disregarded the civilian authorities and created a situation pregnant with dread.” The paper went on to praise the army for “quelling the disorder without firing a shot,” remarking that “had that camp been an American camp in Japan, and had Japanese soldiers been summoned to abate a similar uprising, the ground would have been drenched with blood. The Jap, as a soldier, revels in the slaughter of unarmed human targets.” An editorial in the Denver Post added, “There is just one word to describe

there, more than three thousand, included the 1,500 Japanese seized in Latin America, mostly in Peru, as well as more than 1,000 Japanese aliens and almost 900 American Germans. There was great irony in Tsumagari’s next paragraph: the Japanese men on the FBI’s “potentially dangerous” lists, and Germans on similar lists, were often treated much better than the confused innocents sent to the high deserts of the West. Crystal City, according to various letters we received, is a very wonderful

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