Just Americans

  • by Robert Asahina
  • Narrated by Patrick Lawlor
  • 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A sneak attack by an enemy power leaves thousands of Americans dead. A minority group in America is harassed for its ties to a foreign country. A worldwide conflict tests our resolve in combat abroad and our commitment to justice, equality, and liberty at home. Within months after Pearl Harbor, 110,000 Japanese Americans were forcibly "evacuated" from the West Coast, losing their jobs, their property, and their homes. In less than a year, they were "relocated" and incarcerated in desolate camps throughout the West, Southwest, and South. Yet, incredibly, thousands of young men from the camps joined the Army, to defend the country that had denied them their rights. This is the dramatic story of the segregated Japanese American 100th Battalion/442d Regimental Combat Team, and what they did to affirm their full citizenship. As Gen. Jacob L. Devers put it, in World War II the soldiers of the 100th/442d had "more than earned the right to be called just Americans, not Japanese Americans." From breathless battle scenes, masterfully handled in all their detail, to the unbreakable bonds of friendship in the field and to heart-wrenching stories of loss and discrimination on the mainland and in Hawaii, Just Americans tells the story of what Gen. George C. Marshall called the "most decorated unit in American military history for its size and length of service". It is also the story of soldiers in combat who were fighting a greater battle at home, a struggle that continues for minority groups today, over what it means to be an American.

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This is an exceptional book!

This is an exceptional book, the material is well researched and presented. For anyone interested in American history, this book will be a sobering and very disturbing experience.
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- JerryL

More than a soldiers story

This is more than a book about 442nd regiment. It tells the story of the Japanese-Americans during the second world war. The discrimination they faced before, during and after the war. How Japanese were relocated from the west coast yet left free in Hawaii. It was particularly harsh on Franklin Roosevelt who signed the relocation order.

The book does tell the story of the 442nd, but it is so much more than that.
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- Ron

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-01-2006
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio