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

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

by Richard Reeves


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250081681
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 04/12/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 518,079
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

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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Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a sophomore in high school, and read this book for a research project. This book was very sporadic at times. It was much harder to understand how the people felt, and even though it gave excerpts from people in the concentration camps it still wasn't the same. It gave a lot of background information on everything going on durning the war inside and outside of the camps. Overall the book was interesting to read, most of the other books I have read give first hand accounts what was going on from their point of view and not much of what laid outside the camp walls. While this one gave much more than just that. It was interesting to see how the rest of the United States and the world reacted to what happened December 7, 1941, and unlike most books this book did just that. I would recommend this book to someone who enjoys reading informational books, because if you are not a fan of those types of books I would not recommend this book because you will get bored and lose interest. Other than that it was an over all good book, that just took a long time to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrific book!  Well researched, well written.  A story that everyone should know. My husband is a sansei, 3rd generation Japanese American; he was incarcerated in the camps from the age of 6 months to 4 years. He and his family were profoundly changed by the experience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago