"Captured is an important and powerful piece of World War II history, as well as a fascinating human interest story, and offers a foundation on which broader studies of international internments might be made. There is no other book that attempts as much coverage."--Carol M. Petillo, author of Douglas MacArthur: The Philippine Years
"Cogan has given us a truly remarkable and important book. Her work is a labor of love and is significant not only for students and scholars of World War II, but also for those interested in the wider American historical experience."--American Historical Review
"The U.S. internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII is well-known, but this captivating history depicts a virtually unknown tale: the story of Japan's wartime imprisonment of Americans living in the Philippines. . . . Through her use of prisoners' diaries, Cogan turns this history into compelling drama. . . . Cogan demonstrates in straightforward, lucid prose how, once the Americans were captured and interned, their once-comfortable lives devolved into subsistence. She carefully avoids both understatement and exaggeration, noting, for instance, the kindness shown by some guards. . . . [An] original addition to WWII history"--Publishers Weekly
"A valuable study about American civilians interned in the Philippines by the Japanese during the Pacific war. Cogan's Captured is part of a slowly growing historiography on Americans taken prisoner by the Japanese during the war, and she is to be commended for completing a more comprehensive study of civilian internees than has heretofore been attempted."--Journal of American History
"Captured is a wake-up call as to what Americans need to know about atrocities that occurred to civilians during World War II."--McCormick Messenger
About the Author
Frances B. Cogan is a professor of literature in the Honors College at the University of Oregon, Eugene. She is the author of All-American Girl (Georgia).