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Product Details

  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (April 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803292600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803292604
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #987,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Born in Brawley, California, Sano went to Japan in 1939 to become the adopted son ("yoshi") of his childless aunt and uncle. In March, 1945, he was drafted into the Japanese army and sent to join the Kwantung Army in Manchuria. Five months later, when Japanese forces had surrendered to the Soviet army, Sano became a prisoner of war. For nearly three years he labored in a Soviet munitions factory, on a collective farm, and in a Siberian coal mine. . . . [This] is a unique and fascinating account of mixed and divided loyalties, dismay and confusion, sacrifice and salvation-clearly told with an understated mixture of fatalism and hope. . . . A vivid, revealing memoir."-"Japanese-American Veterans Newsletter,"

About the Author

Iwao Peter Sano was returned to Japan in 1948 and worked for the U.S. occupation forces before coming back to the United States in 1952. He is now a retired architect living in Palo Alto.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Craig L Wiesner on August 18, 1997
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About eight years ago, I read Peter Sano's story when it was in its earliest form. I knew then that he should have it published - and finally, he did. Peter was born in America but at the age of 15, in 1939, he was sent to Japan to become the adopted son of his childless aunt and uncle. Drafted into the Japanese army in 1945, Peter was sent to war. By being in the wrong place at the wrong time, Peter ended up in Siberian POW and labor camps for three years before finally being released. During those years, Peter made life bearable for many of his fellow prisoners, often at his own expense - and though he downplays his heroism, he kept some people alive who would otherwise have perished.

His is a tale both humorous and tragic and in the end, inspiring. Today, Peter is back in America, an accomplished architect, husband, father, and one of the kindest and gentlest souls I have ever met. It was impossible to put down his manuscript once I started it until I had devoured every page. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys tales of triumph over adversity, love beating hate, and quick wits winning out over the harshest odds.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mah48251 on January 5, 2013
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What a find. a great book. His life was a roller coaster. The saying " may you live in interesting times " was ment for him. This book is fantastic. Well written and the story reaches out and grabs your mind and your heart. From his childhood in California to his teen years in Japan are very interesting. But then China, USSR, Japan and back to America is a wirl wind of lifes battles (not just militarily ) A supper story and well written.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By giovani on June 14, 2012
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This is an extraordinary story that provides a unique perspective on the Second World War. The bravery and humility of the author is inspiring - and, the portrait of Japanese-American life during the war should be required reading for every citizen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sonja on February 6, 2014
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Bought this as a Christmas present for someone interested in WWII history. She loved the book and was excited to learn about a little-known aspect of the War.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elaine G on January 2, 2014
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Incredibly this happened to someone I know, so reading of Sano's experience helped me understand what might have happened to my acquaintance as well. This particular book, however, was written too simply for me and lacked the deeper emotion I had hoped to find although it is definitely a war story that needs to be heard. History is indeed replete with injustices and what happened here to Sano and thousands of other WWII Japanese-American captives sent to Siberia, certainly ranks amongst them.
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