Midnight in Broad Daylight

  • by Pamela Rotner Sakamoto
  • Narrated by Emily Woo Zeller
  • 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

After their father's death, Harry, Frank, and Pierce Fukuhara - all born and raised in the Pacific Northwest - moved to Hiroshima, their mother's ancestral home. Eager to go back to his own land - America - Harry returned in the late 1930s. Then came Pearl Harbor. Despite being sent to an internment camp, Harry dutifully volunteered to serve his country.
Back in Hiroshima, his brothers, Frank and Pierce, became soldiers in the Japanese Imperial Army. As the war raged on, Harry, one of the finest bilingual interpreters in the United States Army, island hopped across the Pacific, moving ever closer to the enemy and to his younger brothers. But before the Fukuharas would have to face each other in battle, the US detonated the atomic bomb over Hiroshima, gravely injuring tens of thousands of civilians, including members of their family. Alternating between the American and Japanese perspectives, Midnight in Broad Daylight captures the uncertainty and intensity of those charged with the fighting and provides a fresh look at the dropping of the first atomic bomb.

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What the Critics Say

"A beautifully rendered work wrought with enormous care and sense of compassionate dignity." (Kirkus)

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Interesting history

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The reading is very amateurish, but the history and story are fascinating and make it worth suffering through the performance....though, I would caution the author not to use the word 'penchant' so often you start to wait for it. It is inexcusable to mispronounce a President's name and the reader should learn how Delano is pronounced correctly. In short, it is not great reading, and the writing is sometimes clumsy, but the story told is a valuable one.

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- S. Perreten

A must listen

I absolutely loved this book. I learned so much while truly being entertained by fascinating real life accountings surrounding the WWII conflict between the United States and Japan. Being half Japanese, it's a wonder how I was not more aware of the some of the details regarding this. I truly believe that this should be required reading for high school students, especially in places like Hawaii where there is such a large Japanese populace.
I love nonfiction books that weave a (true) story into the fabric of the historical events. This is one of the best!
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- Jon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-05-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio