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The Nisei Soldier : Historical Essays on World War II and the Korean War, 2nd ed. Paperback – April 30, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0966011159 ISBN-10: 0966011155 Edition: 2 Revised

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"Fascinating reading . . . appealing . . . I think because it is so personalized. Fanaticism (by both sides) that was particularly the case in the Pacific war also comes through and it is always useful (though rare) to see conflict through the eyes of one's foes. -- Robert Geise, Professor of History

Having a keen interest in WWII I found it interesting to be able to read of different perspectives and accounts of individuals involved instead of just the overall [events]. I was compelled to read each story twice! -- Luke Bockman, history student

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Edwin M. Nakasone brings special credentials to his task of writing The Nisei Soldier. First, as a young man, the author lived through many of the events he recounts in the book, including the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the U.S. occupation of Japan. Second, Nakasone is of Japanese ancestry himself. Third, Nakasone is a professor of history and has taught Asian-American and world War II history for over 25 years. Professor Nakasone, in The Nisei Soldier, brings to life a part of history that has been neglected-the account of Japanese-American soldiers, the Nisei, as they fought bravely for their newly adopted country despite the discrimination accorded them by the people and government of the U.S.A. Nakasones narrative is rich in descriptive detail, based not only upon his own experiences but extensive interviews he had with the soldiers of whom he writes as well.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 205 pages
  • Publisher: J-Press Pub; 2 Revised edition (April 30, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966011155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966011159
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,563,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 21, 1999
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The Nisei Soldier is a fascinating, fast moving account of major historical events. It is chronicled in such a way that one sees the faces of the protagonists and feels the psychological impact on them--ideal reading particularly for those interested in the contributions of the Nisei to our country's wars. I was a replacement with the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regiment. The Vosges Mountain campaign in France was my initiation into combat as an infantry-man. It was awful, with steel and tree splinters raining down on us--it was hell.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18, 1999
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The book Nisei Soldier is a very good and interesting book. The subject matter is interesting, and put together correctly so that the book flows. It is really easy to understand and follow. It is very readable because it is so easy to understand, and because any unfamiliar word or japanese phrase is described in good detail.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 14, 1999
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I am a homeschooler using this book to enrich my children's understanding of history. This book presents valuable Japanese prespectives that are not discussed in mainstream education. All of the foreign terms are clearly explained, and the book is very easy to understand. I highly reccomend this book for anyone who is interested in gaining a unique insight into World War II and the Korean War!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 14, 1999
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The Nisei soldier was very well written. I enjoyed reading the personal interviews as they gave insight to what people were really thinking. The book kept my interest because it was told more in the sense of a story than just in factual information put on a page. I was really able to get a better understanding of WWII (results, consequences, causes).
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In The Nisei Solder: Historical Essays On World War II And The Korean War, Edwin Nakasone draws upon his expertise having taught Asian-American and World War II history from more than 25 years to write a highly informative account of Japanese-American soldiers called "Nisei", who fought to defend American interests, despite discrimination accorded them and their families by the people and government of the United States. The narrative text is rich in descriptive detail, based on Nakasone's own experiences (he served as a Nisei in the U.S. Army's occupation forces in Japan at the end of the war), supplemented with extensive interviews with Nisei soldiers. In addition to offering the reader an informative Japanese-American perspective, Nakasone's essays also explore the Japanese perspectives on World War II not often available to an American reader. The Nisei Solder is a very highly recommended addition to any personal, professional, academic, or community library World War II history collection.
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