Facing the Mountain by Daniel James Brown audiobook

Facing the Mountain: A True Story of Japanese American Heroes in World War II

By Daniel James Brown
Read by Louis Ozawa

Penguin Audio 9780525557401
17.67 Hours 1
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A gripping World War II saga of patriotism, highlighting the contributions and sacrifices that Japanese immigrants and their American-born children made for the sake of the nation: the courageous Japanese-American Army unit that overcame brutal odds in Europe; their families, incarcerated back home; and a young man who refused to surrender his constitutional rights, even if it meant imprisonment They came from across the continent and Hawaii. Their parents taught them to embrace both their Japanese heritage and the ways of America. They faced bigotry, yet they believed in their bright futures as American citizens. But within days of Pearl Harbor, the FBI was ransacking their houses and locking up their fathers. And within months many would themselves be living behind barbed wire. Facing the Mountain is an unforgettable chronicle of war-time America and the battlefields of Europe. Based on Daniel James Brown’s extensive interviews with the families of the protagonists as well as deep archival research, it portrays the kaleidoscopic journey of four Japanese-American families and their sons, who volunteered for 442nd Regimental Combat Team and were deployed to France, Germany, and Italy, where they were asked to do the near impossible. But this is more than a war story. Brown also tells the story of these soldiers’ parents, immigrants who were forced to shutter the businesses, surrender their homes, and submit to life in concentration camps on U.S. soil. Woven throughout is the chronicle of a brave young man, one of a cadre of patriotic resisters who stood up against their government in defense of their own rights. Whether fighting on battlefields or in courtrooms, these were Americans under unprecedented strain, doing what Americans do best—striving, resisting, pushing back, rising up, standing on principle, laying down their lives, and enduring.

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New York Times bestseller

An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A Slate Magazine Pick for Father's Day

A gripping World War II saga of patriotism, highlighting the contributions and sacrifices that Japanese immigrants and their American-born children made for the sake of the nation: the courageous Japanese-American Army unit that overcame brutal odds in Europe; their families, incarcerated back home; and a young man who refused to surrender his constitutional rights, even if it meant imprisonment

They came from across the continent and Hawaii. Their parents taught them to embrace both their Japanese heritage and the ways of America. They faced bigotry, yet they believed in their bright futures as American citizens. But within days of Pearl Harbor, the FBI was ransacking their houses and locking up their fathers. And within months many would themselves be living behind barbed wire.

Facing the Mountain is an unforgettable chronicle of war-time America and the battlefields of Europe. Based on Daniel James Brown’s extensive interviews with the families of the protagonists as well as deep archival research, it portrays the kaleidoscopic journey of four Japanese-American families and their sons, who volunteered for 442nd Regimental Combat Team and were deployed to France, Germany, and Italy, where they were asked to do the near impossible.

But this is more than a war story. Brown also tells the story of these soldiers’ parents, immigrants who were forced to shutter the businesses, surrender their homes, and submit to life in concentration camps on U.S. soil. Woven throughout is the chronicle of a brave young man, one of a cadre of patriotic resisters who stood up against their government in defense of their own rights. Whether fighting on battlefields or in courtrooms, these were Americans under unprecedented strain, doing what Americans do best—striving, resisting, pushing back, rising up, standing on principle, laying down their lives, and enduring.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A masterwork of American history that will change the way we look at World War II." Adam Makos, New York Times bestselling author
“Masterly…Propulsive and gripping, in part because of Mr. Brown’s ability to make us care deeply about the fates of these individual soldiers…A page-turner.” Wall Street Journal
“Louis Ozawa narrates…between hope and despair with the deftness of a film composer. Furthermore, when words are spoken, Ozawa slips into a Hawaiian, Japanese, or American accent as though he were a native speaker from each region…Ozawa’s deft narration makes [these stories] even more compelling and hard to forget. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“A fascinating, expertly written look at selfless heroes who emerged from one of the darkest periods of American history.” NPR
“[A] bravura account…of courage under fire.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“[A] redefining work…[of] the true meaning of patriotism.” Booklist (starred review)

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Author Bio: Daniel James Brown

Author Bio: Daniel James Brown

Daniel James Brown is the New York Times bestselling author of The Boys in the Boat, The Indifferent Stars Above, and Under a Flaming Sky. , which was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award. He has taught writing at San Jose State University and Stanford University.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 17.67
Audience: Adult
Language: English