They Called Us Enemy

They Called Us Enemy

A graphic memoir recounting actor/author/activist George Takei's childhood imprisoned within American concentration camps during World War II. Experience the forces that shaped an American icon -- and America itself.

Long before George Takei braved new frontiers in Star Trek, he woke up as a four-year-old boy to find his own birth country at war with his father's -- and their entire family forced from their home into an uncertain future.

In 1942, at the order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, every person of Japanese descent on the west coast was rounded up and shipped to one of ten "relocation centers," hundreds or thousands of miles from home, where they would be held for years under armed guard.

They Called Us Enemy is Takei's firsthand account of those years behind barbed wire, the joys and terrors of growing up under legalized racism, his mother's hard choices, his father's faith in democracy, and the way those experiences planted the seeds for his astonishing future.

Title:They Called Us Enemy
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781603094504
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    They Called Us Enemy Reviews

  • ZoŰ

    This was phenomenal. I've been a big fan of graphic memoirs ever since reading Persepolis, and this book is the perfect example of why.We follow a four-year-old George Takei and his family as they are...

  • Emily May

    I couldn't reconcile what I read in these books about the shining ideas of our democracy with what I knew to be my childhood imprisonment. What can I even say? Everyone should read this book. I am ...

  • Dave Schaafsma

    George Takei played a relatively minor character, Sulu, in the first iteration of Star Trek which ended far too soon. Years later, many people got to watch this show in endless reruns, and he, with th...

  • Blaine

    I thought I knew a fair amount about the internment of Japanese-Americans in WWII, but I learned quite a bit from this book, about how the process was carried out, and how the Japanese-Americans were ...

  • Andy Marr

    Even if I hadn't loved it, I'd have found it impossible to give less than five stars to such a powerful and important book as this. But I did. I loved every single page....

  • Bookishrealm

    This is the type of graphic memoir that should be included as required reading for U.S. History courses. For some individuals this memoir would be the only that they would ever hear about the Japanese...

  • Calista

    I did know about the Japanese internment camps. I didn't think much else about that other than the blight on our country. George Takei has taken his story, he lived through the entire internment proce...

  • Hamad

    This Review ÔťŹ´ŞĆ Blog ­čôľ Twitter ­čÉŽ Instagram ­čôĚÔśů I have discovered this book through the GR choice awards this year. I have read many good graphic novel this year and I think this one shoul...

  • Scott

    "On February 19, 1942, seventy-four days after [the attack on] Pearl Harbor . . . [President Franklin Roosevelt] issued Executive Order# 9066. The order never used the word Japanese or camps - it auth...

  • Lisa Vegan

    Extremely well done! I loved it. Full 5 star book!I already knew most of what was described as happening in the wider world and in the camps in general because IÔÇÖve already read so many books, seen ...