Nisei Linguists: Japanese Americans in the Military Intelligence Service During World War II

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By James C. McNaughton


When the United States entered the Second World War in December 1941, paranoia and racism ran rampant. American citizens of Japanese ancestry were rounded up, confined in "relocation camps", and their property confiscated. The Army and Navy, on the other hand, found that it needed the help of these Japanese-Americans as translators and interrogators. This book is the official Pentagon history of the Nissei, many of them recruited right out of the detention camps, who struggled against racism to play a vital role in the American war effort in a country that both hated them and needed them. Illustrated.