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Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II
Richard Reeves22320449

Less than three months after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and inflamed the nation, President Roosevelt signed an executive order declaring parts of four western states to be a war zone operating under military rule. The U.S. Army immediately began rounding up thousands of Japanese-Americans, sometimes giving them less than 24 hours to vacate their houses and farms. For the rest of the war, these victims of war hysteria were imprisoned in primitive camps.

In Infamy, the story of this appalling chapter in American history is told more powerfully than ever before. Acclaimed historian Richard Reeves has interviewed survivors, read numerous private letters and memoirs, and combed through archives to deliver a sweeping narrative of this atrocity. Men we usually consider heroes-FDR, Earl Warren, Edward R. Murrow-were in this case villains, but we also learn of many Americans who took great risks to defend the rights of the internees. Most especially, we hear the poignant stories of those who spent years in "war relocation camps," many of whom suffered this terrible injustice with remarkable grace.

Racism, greed, xenophobia, and a thirst for revenge: a dark strand in the American character underlies this story of one of the most shameful episodes in our history. But by recovering the past, Infamy has given voice to those who ultimately helped the nation better understand the true meaning of patriotism.

Why a One Read?

For students, faculty, and staff, it is important to be exposed to and aware of aspects of the world beyond their own daily experiences. To facilitate this understanding, and also to strengthen our campus community, Mizzou Law started a One Read program in 2015. This year, MU Libraries is thrilled to join the program and invite all students, staff, and faculty to read a particular book relating to diversity, inclusion, and current issues of social justice.

We believe that a One Read program will strengthen our Mizzou community by providing a focus for yearlong conversations and events across campus. Over the past several years, our attention has been drawn by events around the U.S. to issues of race and the experience of “otherness.” These issues reflect the challenges of seeing the world from another’s perspective – an imperative skill at any University, and as a member of society.

Access to the Book

There are several ways you can access the book:

  • Borrow it from your MU Libraries: The Libraries have acquired multiple copies of Infamy. Copies can be checked out from the Reserves Desk in Ellis Library, the Journalism Library, and the Law Library.
  • Purchase the book: The Mizzou StoreAmazonBarnes and Noble or the retailer of your choice.
  • Find it at a library near you: You can find local public and academic libraries that have the title. In Columbia, the Law Library, the public library (DBRL), and Columbia College all have copies as well.