Penguin Books Facing the Mountain: An Inspiring Story of Japanese American Patriots in World War II
Penguin Books Facing the Mountain: An Inspiring Story of Japanese American Patriots in World War II

Facing the Mountain: An Inspiring Story of Japanese American Patriots in World War II

By Daniel James Brown

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Publication Date: May 10, 2022

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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“Masterly… Propulsive and gripping.”–Wall Street Journal

“A masterwork of American history that will change the way we look at World War II."—Adam Makos, author of A Higher Call

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Boys in the Boat, a gripping World War II saga of patriotism and courage that tells the story of the special Japanese American Army unit that overcame brutal odds in Europe; their families, incarcerated back home; and a young man who refused to surrender his constitutional rights, even if it meant imprisonment.

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 U.S. 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.

Story Locale: Hawaii, Seattle, Mississippi

About the Author

Daniel James Brown is the author of The Boys in the Boat, The Indifferent Stars Above, and Under a Flaming Sky. He lives outside of Seattle.

Tom Ikeda is executive director of Densho, a Seattle-based non-profit dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing Japanese American history and promoting social justice and equity

Author Residence: Seattle, WA

Format: Trade Paperback

Length: 560 pages

Publisher: Penguin Books

Publication Date: May 10, 2022

ISBN: 9780525557425

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