- Paperback: 391 pages
- Publisher: Athena Pr; 1st edition (July 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0960273611
- ISBN-13: 978-0960273614
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 7 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,136,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Magic: The Untold Story of U.S. Intelligence and the Evacuation of Japanese Residents from the West Coast During Ww II 1st Edition
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
This month's Book With Buzz: "The Lying Game" by Ruth Ware
From the instant New York Times bestselling author of blockbuster thrillers "In a Dark, Dark Wood" and "The Woman in Cabin 10" comes Ruth Ware’s chilling new novel, "The Lying Game." See more
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
From Publishers Weekly
This work simultaneously makes an important contribution to the history of the WWII imprisonment of Japanese-Americans and highlights publishing's editing problems, especially for small presses. Lowman, who died in 1999, was a former National Security Agency officer involved in declassifying intelligence records, including sources from MAGIC, the decrypted Japanese diplomatic traffic. That material, much of it from late 1941 and early 1942 and reproduced here, describes systematic recruitment of Japanese residents, citizens and noncitizens into networks designed to provide information to Japan both before and after the outbreak of war. Without ascribing Executive Order 9066 for Japanese-American internment entirely to this information, Lowman makes a solid case that the intelligence community's faith in its credibility contributed significantly to the government's decision. But instead of directly rebutting charges that sheer racist hysteria contributed as well, Lowman digresses on one hand into a general history of the MAGIC decryptions, and on the other into a bitter critique of the 1988 decision to compensate the former prisoners. And too often Lowman's documents are left to speak for themselves, without a supporting analytical structure. Such problems were probably exacerbated by posthumous publication, but more disciplined editing might have produced a more persuasive line of argument. (Feb.)Forecast: Anyone interested in primary sources related to Japanese-American internment will find them more easily here than under the Freedom of Information Act, but low production values will keep this book out of many libraries.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
From the Publisher
Magic provides the first comprehensive survey of U.S. Intelligence related to the evacuation of Japanese from the West Coast during WW II. It includes an analysis of the Magic intercepts dealing with espionage as well as the actual messages.
Over a hundred intercepts and reports are included. All but part of one of which were omitted, ignored, left out or unknown to the Commission on the Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians,
A reader need not agree with President Roosevelts decision to evacuate to realize that a serious security problem existed on the West Coast. Imperial Japan, notorious at the time for using overseas Japanese to secure its intelligence, by May 1941 had resident Japanese watching the Los Angeles Harbor and the Mexican Border; had Japanese Americans working in aircraft plants to gather intelligence and had made contacts with Japanese Americans in the U.S. Army for the same purpose. And this was just a small part of it five months before Pearl Harbor.
Lowman also critiques the operation of the CWRIC, the courts and the congress, all of which failed in their quest for the truth.
For those willing to review the material and come to their own judgment rather than blindly subscribing to the politically correct version of the event, this book is a real eye opener.
Magic tells it like it was. It reveals the real story behind what one historian claims to be the most lied about event in American history. No wonder Publishers Weekly thought it was poorly edited and not worth buying.
Browse award-winning titles. See more
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top customer reviews
The fact that the CWRIC heard testimony on but did not read or even address the Magic intercepts in an indictment to the very integrity of the CWRIC. Magic was the main evidentiary basis behind Executive Order 9066, and every individual who (at the time) had read the intercepts supported the order.
Mr. Lowman did make himself available for the Honolulu hearings, he was not asked (or allowed - as some cynics might suggest) to testify. And given the reception he most likely would have received, it's probably just as well.
And it should be mentioned that during his testimony before the Japanese/American Relocation Commission Hearing on June 21, 1984 John McCloy did mention Magic, "Proof that the Commission did not conduct an investigation worthy of the name is demonstrated by the fact that it never identified the existence of "Magic" as evidence of Japanese intent to subvert the security of the country through disloyal residence here in the event of an attack by Japan."
Mr. McCloy then goes on to describe the hostile ("boos and catcalls") heaped upon any who dared to present the President's case.
I found Mr. Lowman's style just fine, he let's the evidence speak for itself. And the evidence paints a much different picture than you get from the CWRIC white wash.
Most recent customer reviews
David Lowman (d. 1999) was the National Security Agency executive responsible for the declassification of the MAGIC intercepts and the...Read more