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

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Pub. Date: 2016-04-12
Publisher(s): Picador
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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.

Author Biography

Richard Reeves, the bestselling author of such books as President Kennedy: Profile in Power, is an award-winning journalist who has worked for The New York Times, written for The New Yorker, and served as chief correspondent for Frontline on PBS. Currently the senior lecturer at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California, he lives in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents


1. Pearl Harbor
December 7, 1941

2. By Order of the President
Signing of Executive Order 9066:
February 19, 1942

3. Only What They Could Carry
Public Proclamation Number 1:
March 2, 1942

4. "Keep This a White Man's Country"
The Opening of the Concentration Camps:
March 22 to October 6, 1942

5. A Desert Christmas
December 25, 1942

6. Uncle Sam, Finally, Wants You
Nisei Enlistment:
January 29, 1943

7. "loyals" and "disloyals"
Tule Lake:
September 1943

8. "Is That the American Way?"
Heart Mountain Draft Resistance:
February 1944

9. "Go for Broke"
The Lost Battalion:
October 30, 1944

10. Going "Home"
V-J Day:
August 15, 1945


Biographical Notes
Bibliography 315
Acknowledgments 323
Index 327

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