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One of Slate's "Father’s Day Gifts for Even the Hardest-to-Buy-for Dad" 

"The story of the fearless men of the 442nd Regiment feels especially relevant, with Asian Americans once again under attack." (New York Post)

Facing the Mountain is more than just the story of a group of young men whose valor helped save a country that spurned them, it's a fascinating, expertly written look at selfless heroes who emerged from one of the darkest periods of American history — soldiers the likes of which this country may never see again.” (NPR)

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A New York Times best seller 

“Masterly. An epic story of four Japanese-American families and their sons who volunteered for military service and displayed uncommon heroism.... Propulsive and gripping, in part because of Mr. Brown’s ability to make us care deeply about the fates of these individual soldiers...a page-turner.” (Wall Street Journal)

From the number one New York Times best-selling author of The Boys in the Boat, a gripping World War II saga of patriotism, highlighting the contributions and sacrifices that Japanese immigrants and their American-born children made for the sake of the nation.

They came from across the continent and Hawaii. Their parents taught them to embrace both their Japanese heritage and the ways of America. They faced bigotry, yet they believed in their bright futures as American citizens. But within days of Pearl Harbor, the FBI was ransacking their houses and locking up their fathers. And within months, many would themselves be living behind barbed wire.

Facing the Mountain is an unforgettable chronicle of war-time America and the battlefields of Europe. Based on Daniel James Brown's extensive interviews with the families of the protagonists as well as deep archival research, it portrays the kaleidoscopic journey of four Japanese-American families and their sons, who volunteered for 442nd Regimental Combat Team and were deployed to France, Germany, and Italy, where they were asked to do the near impossible.

But this is more than a war story. Brown also tells the story of these soldiers' parents, immigrants who were forced to shutter the businesses, surrender their homes, and submit to life in concentration camps on US soil. Woven throughout is the chronicle of a brave young man, one of a cadre of patriotic resisters who stood up against their government in defense of their own rights. Whether fighting on battlefields or in courtrooms, these were Americans under unprecedented strain, doing what Americans do best - striving, resisting, pushing back, rising up, standing on principle, laying down their lives, and enduring.

©2021 Daniel James Brown (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • m3kbregar
  • 2021/06/11

A Learning Experience

My uncle served in the 442nd. My dad served in Germany. The rest of the family was interned in Heart Mountain Concentration Camp. Unfortunately my family did not want to speak much about these experiences so I found this book to be super informative. It helped fill in the gaps of knowledge in my head! This was an excellent Audible book!!!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • ItalCali
  • 2021/06/13

Gripping, informative, and important

Thoroughly enjoyed this (including the narration, with its accents).

I knew very little of the subject, but as an Italian I knew Japanese Americans fought in Italy.
Now I get the whole story: The experience of Japanese immigrants in the US mainland and Hawaii before and after Pearl Harbor; the incarceration and the camps; and the heroism of the boys who fought in Italy. A story told with heart. I was infuriated that, even after all that, the returning soldiers and their families often encountered prejudice and discrimination. But it is a credit to the Japanese American community the way they came together and the way they faced this.

Writing was masterful, and I was able to keep track of the stories of the different families throughout the book, which is sometimes difficult to do in audiobooks.

In terms of pros, this book checks all the boxes. In terms of cons, maybe a little bit more context would have helped (e.g., the conditions in the ships which transported internees were typical in early WW2 Pac theater, if you read about how the Marines were transported to early battlefields such as Guadalcanal or Tarawa). I can't find any other cons. Loved the book!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Cris McBride
  • 2021/05/17

Heart rending true accounts

The author skillfully weaves together the stories of many of the Japanese American men, women and children whose lives were interrupted and who were sorely treated following the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. This is the telling of the stories from not only the viewpoint of men suspected of being too closely connected to Japan, but also the viewpoint of wives left to manage on their own, and teenage children coming of age with a determination to prove their loyalty to the USA, land of their birth. It is a detailed account of the now famous 442. As I listened, I found myself checking the map to see the places where the men fought.

  • 総合評価
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  • Whodunit
  • 2021/07/21

Sad, depressing, a bit slow, and lack of connectio

The first 8 chapters are so depressing and demoralizing that I would have never made it through had it not of been an audible book and long drives to work with time to kill. There are individual heros but none that you feel connected to in any substantial way. I would not recommend the book.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Tbone McCoy
  • 2021/06/13

Wow

As a descendant of incarcerated family members (father, grandparents, uncle, aunt and other relatives from California) this book really brought home renewed waves of sadness, frustration and anger. My first exposure to the incarcerations of Japanese Americans was the book Farewell to Manzanar. While my father was too young at the time to serve in the 442nd, I know of many in Hawaii which has been home since the 1970's. This group is special here - the members past and present (most have passed away) occupy an exalted place in Hawaii society and rightfully so. The book was organized through the stories of several Japanese Americans from Hawaii and the mainland and I enjoyed their travails and tribulations - just thinking of the hardships and injustices they endured (and what their families endured especially on the mainland) causes tears to well up. In recommending the book to others, I had to work at not losing my composure. We need heroes today more than ever and they come in many shapes and colors. The 442nd were made up of ordinary men who were called on to do the extraordinary and their stories need to be heard. I am grateful the author spent so much time putting this book together. For me the most memorable story was the rescue of the Texas Lost Battalion - the irony of the 442nd being sent in to rescue white soldiers at a horrendous cost. The Lost Battalion was surrounded by German soldiers because of a boneheaded decision by a white general. After the successful rescue, this general became angry because so few 442nd soldiers showed up for formation - a brave white officer informed him that the rest had all died in the rescue. Really.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • S. Breheny
  • 2021/06/10

The Whole Story

This is the quintessential story of the Japanese American experience during WWII, from families interned to first generation citizens who joined the most decorated unit of soldiers in the war. Included is the history of the Japanese living in Hawaii. It was difficult to be reminded of the extreme prejudice exhibited during and after the war, but even more difficult to comprehend the struggle involved in procuring a semblance of justice and reparation.

I appreciate the vast personal research done by Daniel James Brown and the compelling presentation in this book. The incredible narration by Louis Ozawa completed the vivid visualization of this important time in our history.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Blakely Pete
  • 2021/06/06

Important historical work

This book is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the full scope of America's treatment of its Japanese American immigrants and their children (the latter being citizens) in World War II. Growing up in Eastern Washington, I knew of the camps. As a long time visitor and part-time resident of Hawaii, I was aware of the heroism of the 442nd but was unaware that many soldiers had volunteered from the camps. The history of those who resisted the draft was especially enlightening.

The story is very listenable although I wish someone had taught the narrator that it is "SpokeAnne" and not what he pronounces. As a listener (or reader), the unrelenting bleakness of events occasionally required a break for recovery but there was no other way to present the material. Very well done.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Ann
  • 2021/06/05

tragic history, great story

an excellent book by Daniel Brown as all of his books. The reader is excellent!!!
i knew , growing up in a farming community in CA, that the Japanese had been in camps. Not until my daughter was in school, did i ever hear of the camp, Manzanar. This should be required reading from high school on up! For Japanese American history as well as WW II history.
During this time period, 2020, 2021; it opens ones eyes to inequality!
thank you for a great book and lessons!!

  • 総合評価
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  • Timothy J. Mabry
  • 2021/06/03

A great book

Daniel James brown cannot only tell a good story but he always makes us characters come alive. This is a thought-provoking touching wonderful book about a difficultperiod in our history. Thank you for a great book.

  • 総合評価
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  • Deborah Smith
  • 2021/06/01

History

I wanted to learn more about how the Japanese Americans were treated in America during WWll. It is a sad history. The men who left the concentration camp to go fight in Europe were amazing. When they returned the were not treated well. All high school students should read this book.