Infamy

Infamy

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

Book - 2015
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Former Frontline journalist Reeves (Portrait of Camelot ) examines the key causes and dire consequences of the Japanese-American internment in relocation camps during WWII, concentrating on a shortsighted military strategy and anti-Japanese sentiment following the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.
Publisher: New York, New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780805094084
0805094083
Characteristics: xxi, 342 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm

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StarGladiator
Dec 17, 2015

Yes, racism was involved, but to so blithely blame everything on racism - - which is the rage today - - most conveniently allows those nefarious cretins to escape punishment [blaming everyone, instead of the guilty] - - if this doesn't blame John McCloy and Earl Warren, the masterminds behind the great Japanese-American land grab, stealing their lands from them under the internment program, then it is not real American history, just another exercise in blithe cluelessness and obliviousness.
[FYI: suggest pokano below look at the reviews of the DVD, Good Night, and Good Luck under AQUILEA777's comments!]

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pokano
Nov 26, 2015

Informative and highly readable book about WWII American Japanese incarceration, with a lot of interesting facts and anecdotes not widely known. If you're looking for an academic tome, this is not it. Author Richard Reeves has a very definite point of view--he can hardly believe the US government and many of the leading lights of American politics and journalism could have been this brutal or stupid. From Roosevelt, who kept the camps open long after military justification-if any-had ceased to exist, to Edward R Murrow, who made snide remarks that if Seattle were attacked, no one should be surprised to see the bomber pilots wearing University of Washington sweaters, there are many amongst whom to spread the blame. The 1940's rhetoric echoes today and the lessons to be learned remain relevant.

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