Facing the mountain : a true story of Japanese American heroes in World War II

by Brown, Daniel James, 1951-

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Boys in the Boat , a gripping World War II saga of patriotism and courage: the special Japanese-American Army unit that overcame brutal odds in Europe; their families, incarcerated back home; and a young man who refused to surrender his constitutional rights, even if it meant imprisonment.

They came from across the continent and Hawaii. Their parents taught them to embrace both their Japanese heritage and the ways of their American homeland. They faced bigotry, yet they believed in their bright futures as American citizens. But within days of Pearl Harbor, the FBI was ransacking their houses and locking up their fathers. And within months many would themselves be living behind barbed wire.

Facing the Mountain is an unforgettable chronicle of war-time America and the battlefields of Europe. Based on Daniel James Brown's extensive interviews with the families of the protagonists as well as deep archival research, it portrays the kaleidoscopic journey of four Japanese-American families and their sons, who volunteered for 442nd Regimental Combat Team and were deployed to France, Germany, and Italy, where they were asked to do the near impossible.

But this is more than a war story. Brown also tells the story of these soldiers' parents, immigrants who were forced to shutter the businesses, surrender their homes, and submit to life in concentration camps on U.S. soil. Woven throughout is the chronicle of a brave young man, one of a cadre of patriotic resisters who stood up against their government in defense of their own rights. Whether fighting on battlefields or in courtrooms, these were Americans under unprecedented strain, doing what Americans do best--striving, resisting, pushing back, rising up, standing on principle, laying down their lives, and enduring.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Brown follows his best-selling The Boys in the Boat (2013) with a deep and richly detailed examination of indelible decisions and events that tarnished the legacy of America's role in WWII, namely the internment of Japanese Americans. In this comprehensive history, Brown draws on research and interviews to ensure that readers meet various Japanese Americans involved as individuals, focusing on four families with sons who volunteered to serve in the American military and recounting their struggles against racism and for equality and justice. He chronicles the diversity and tensions within the Japanese American community during that era and tracks all that internment actually involved, including the abrupt loss of property and businesses as well as personal freedom. Brown describes the training and combat record of the all-Japanese American 442nd Regimental Combat Team, recounting its bravery and valor in the face of enormous casualties without romanticizing the horrors of war. Brown does an excellent job of illuminating his subjects' motivations, including their conceptions of family honor and bushido, the samurai code of ethics, as well as their actions and the consequences. The result is a compelling and impressively redefining work on an often over-simplified and always consequential subject. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Beyond the enormous draw for Brown's fans and all readers of WWII history, this should also be read by all who are pondering the true meaning of patriotism."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Brown (The Boys in the Boat) chronicles in this bravura account the experiences of Japanese American soldiers and their families during WWII. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, more than 120,000 Japanese Americans living on the West Coast were sent to internment camps for the duration of the war. By 1943, after more than a year of persistent lobbying for the chance to prove their patriotism, draft-age Nisei (those born in the U.S. to Japanese immigrant parents) could volunteer for "a segregated, all-Japanese American fighting unit" in the U.S. Army. Brown details tensions between recruits from the mainland and Hawaii (where Japanese Americans were not interned) during their training in Jim Crow--era Mississippi, and dramatically recounts their rescue of a "lost battalion" of besieged Texas infantrymen in eastern France in October 1944. Drawing from extensive firsthand accounts, Brown interweaves the stories of dozens of Japanese American soldiers with the experiences of their interned families back in the U.S., and tracks legal battles waged by Nisei who refused to sign loyalty oaths or register for the draft because they believed their civil rights had been violated. The result is an illuminating and spirited portrait of courage under fire. Agent: Dorian Karchmar, WME. (May)"
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Additional Information
Subjects United States. -- Army. -- Regimental Combat Team, 442nd.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Europe.
Japanese American soldiers -- History -- 20th century.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, Japanese American.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Regimental histories -- United States.
Japanese American soldiers.
Military campaigns.
Regimental histories.
United States.
Publisher [New York, NY] :2021
Other Titles True story of Japanese American heroes in World War II
Language English
Description pages cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9780525557401
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