"If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales." Albert Einstein

10 February 2014


Sandler, Martin. Imprisoned: the Betrayal of Japanese Americans during WWII. Walker Childrens, 2013.

This book details the U.S. internment of its Japanese citizens after the bombing of Pearl Harbor during the second world war. The narrative is accompanied by numerous photographs and interviews with detainees who describe leaving all of their belongings behind and having to start over again after being released.

This isn't a topic that is often covered in history classes or lessons on WWII, so I am glad that such a detailed book exists and that it paints a picture, albeit not a pretty one, of the actions of the U.S. during the war. The photographs and factual information, as well as numerous maps, make this book interesting and eye-catching.  I would love to have a copy in my library, as I'm sure it would be popular among my patrons, both those who enjoy nonfiction and those who enjoy reading about war.

Recommended for: teens, tweens, adults
Red Flags: none
Overall Rating: 5/5 stars

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