Virtual Reading with Daniel James Brown - Facing The Mountain

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We're thrilled to be hosting Daniel James Brown (author of The Boys in the Boat) for a virtual reading on August 5, 2021 at 7pm PST to discuss his latest book, Facing The Mountain . His latest book details the challenges faced by the Japanese American community as a whole, and the Japanese American 442nd Regimental Combat Team in particular during WWII, "[o]ne of the most decorated combat units in American history". As the Kirkus review writes, "In 1943, pressed for manpower, the Army formed a volunteer unit that became the 442nd. Despite the legend that young men from the camps rushed to serve, the great majority came from Hawaii. Joining brought few perks, and Brown diligently records the opposition, although activists remained a small minority. Although this is familiar ground, the author delivers a superb description of the unit’s training and unparalleled battlefield achievements. Despite their remarkable accomplishments, returning 442nd soldiers and their families faced the same boycotts, threats, and violence they suffered after Pearl Harbor. Brown does an excellent job capturing this regrettable historical episode, noting how it “would take decades for the country’s leadership to broadly recognize and formally address the wrong that had been done to them. An insightful portrait of exceptional heroism amid deeply embedded racism."

There will be a brief question/answer session with Dan at the end of the reading. The zoom link will be available the week prior to the event. We hope you'll join us!

Event date: 
Thursday, August 5, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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Facing the Mountain: A True Story of Japanese American Heroes in World War II By Daniel James Brown Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525557401
Published: Viking - May 11th, 2021

One of NPR's "Books We Love" of 2021
Longlisted for the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography 

Winner of the Christopher Award