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Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans during World War II

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While Americans fought for freedom and democracy abroad, fear and suspicion towards Japanese Americans swept the country after Japan's sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. Culling information from extensive, previously unpublished interviews and oral histories with Japanese American survivors of internment camps, Martin W. Sandler gives an in-depth account of their lives before, ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Walker Childrens (first published May 21st 2013)
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Feb 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2014
This book is an excellent account of the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII. Sandler's work is well-written and thoroughly researched. My issue with the book is in the layout. I had hoped to use this work as a literature circle option for a fifth grade language arts/history project; therefore, I tried to read this book from a child's perspective. I was constantly frustrated with breaks in the narrative. In the middle of a paragraph or even a sentence, the next page would be a side stor ...more
Alex  Baugh
Aug 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: world-war-2
The story of what happened to Japanese Americans shortly after the United States entered World War II never ceases to stun me. And, as Martin Sandler shows in his newest nonfiction book, Imprisoned, it is especially ironic that while we were fighting a war to save democracy, we had no compunction about taking it away was a whole section of American society by placing them in internments camps scattered throughout the US, located out in the middle of nowhere.

But, as Sandler points out, fear and
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 out of 5. This is a book young adults need to read, not only for the historical knowledge but the parallel to prejudice against Muslims today. Worth the read. I had some issues with the layout and often had to flip back and forth between pages to get everything.
May 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This might be shelved in the children's section, but don't underestimate it, or its impact. Imprisoned delves thoroughly into the historical, military, social and political issues surrounding this civil rights travesty. It offers insight into the reasoning, but without justifying. It doesn't shy away from praise or criticism, but neither does it linger on the negative, making it suitable for most ages.

An excellent book for anyone wanting an overview, or a place to start. Expect some potentially
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
No matter how many times I read about the events leading up to and including the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, it makes me sick every time. Every ideal represented by the American flag was violated by imprisoning people for no reason other than their race. Some of the details provided by Sandler are all too reminiscent of the Nazis and the Japanese Empire (other than murder). I've always believed that when we behave like those we fight/condemn we are no better than the ...more
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This should be required reading. Not only is it unbelievable this ever happened in America, but the similarities to today are appalling. We'll only learn from the mistakes of history if we learn about the past.
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I would write a longer review for this but unfortunately my laptop is not cooperating right now so I’m doing this on my phone!

This book was very interesting and informative. I LOVED the pictures and found them to be even more intriguing than some of the text. This book opened me up to some things regarding this topic of Japanese Exclusion that I hadn’t known before.

Wonderful read!
Oct 11, 2017 rated it liked it
This book I did not expect it too be so detailed, i thought it would be more story's and fighting. This book is BORING let me tell you, its just telling you the stuff i don't know how i read it. Well i mainly read it because i was failing the class and i needed a book to do one of these on, so hear it goes. Imprisoned is a book about World War 2, in many cases we all know what happened to pearl harbor. The Japanese militia bombed them, the us took it to a hole new level they locked up any Japane ...more
Zoey Wyn
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
During WWII nearly everyone knows of the atrocities performed in Nazi Germany, under Hitler’s rule. Why is it then that so many people are so unaware of similar events happening in America at the same time?

Right here in America, home of the free and land of the brave, the government was breaking resident aliens’ and citizens’ constitutional rights. Rights that were spelled out in the first ten amendments, the ones deemed to be of the utmost importance. They are so important that we call them th
Penny Peck
Oct 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-ya
Sandler has a somewhat original approach to this subject, which helps this stand out from the wealth of previous books on Japanese-American relocation. Like many previous books, this is filled with distinctive b&w photos, and quotes from people who were kids and teens in the camps. But the author also includes a chapter on Nisei military service at the time, and a chapter on the redress movement (to get an apology and repayment). That means some things had to be left out - no mention of the impo ...more
Mary Sanchez
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, ya
Primary document pictures add so much to this award winning book about the Japanese Americans who were evacuated and relocated to various relocation camps during WWII. While I did know about these camps, I appreciated the quotes from actual people concerning their thoughts about relocating and what it was like.

I appreciated the information about the 442nd Battalion, made up primary of Nisei or second generation Japanese born in America, and their experiences liberating the concentration camp su
Elizabeth S
4 1/2 stars. Awesome book, great format, and informative text without being at all dry. I appreciated how Sandler began by talking about groups of Japanese immigrating to America around the 1900's, rather than beginning with Pearl Harbor. I think it is important to remember that the racial prejudice was longstanding and not entirely a product of the Pearl Harbor attacks. I also enjoyed the chapters about events that happened after the WWII internment, including examples of Japanese Americans wor ...more
Hunter Alexander
Nov 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Racism, hatred, and discrimination. Three very important and controversial topics were dissected in this book. They were dissected for Japanese Americans during WW2. After Pearl Harbor, many people were afraid of Japanese Americans. Due to the fear, the "Japs" were placed into interment camps. By being placed in these hastily built piles of junk, the Japanese Americans were deprived of all of their Constitutional rights.
Michael Cylc
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Overall I liked this book because it showed how horrible World War two was. Throughout this book there was pictures of innocent Japanese-Americans who were put through torture just because of their race. The Japanese were stripped of basically everything they had, and were put in mini concentration camps or detention centers. This nonfictional book shows how the Japanese stayed true to America even though America violated every right ever made.
Shaeley Santiago
Thorough explanation of the Japanese internment camps including information I hadn't read before about the climate in California and why some public officials were arguing for internment. Lots of pictures and supporting documents included, too.
Edward Sullivan
An excellent chronicle of one of the most shameful episodes in American history.
Nov 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Nonfiction on Japanese. Good book, just not my cup of tea.
Richie Partington
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Richie's Picks: IMPRISONED: THE BETRAYAL OF JAPANESE AMERICANS DURING WORLD WAR II by Martin W. Sandler, Walker, August 2013, 176p., ISBN: 978-0-8027-2277-5

"If you hear the song I sing
You will understand
You hold the key to love and fear
In your trembling hand.
Just one key unlocks them both
It's there at your command"
-- Chet Powers "Get Together"

During WWII, the fear of everyday Americans whose appearance was "different" led to a massive hate crime perpetuated by the United States against more t
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was incredibly moving and informative. I learned a lot of things I didn't know, and I was shocked by such outright brutal racism. Japanese American families were forced to endure a heartbreaking loss of property and livelihood as result of internment. Along with their liberty, their farms, businesses, and homes were stolen from them. The governor of Colorado at the time, Ralph L. Carr, was one of the few politicians to oppose internment, and it cost him his political career. I was cryi ...more
Kiyokawa Kai
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a very interesting and engaging book about one of our most tragic episodes in American history and highlights the treatment and internment of Japanese Americans. It focuses on some of the brutal racism that Japanese American Families had to endure. Japanese American families were forced to endure a heartbreaking loss of property and livelihood as a result of internment. Along with their liberty, their farms, businesses, and homes were stolen from them.
Well written, well-documented acco
Tyler Garries
Imprisoned lends a personalized and in-depth look at the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII. This was a bleak time in American history when FDR imprisoned more than 100,000 Americans without trial in some of the harshest environments in the country and kept them there under armed guard for the duration of the war. This book provides information about what led up to the internment, what internment was like, and how they would recover afterwards. The amin theme I would say is best convey ...more
I've been on a children's and YA nonfiction kick lately, thanks to the the newest awarding of the latest Sibert and YALSA Nonfiction award books. This one is a few years old, but my community college owns it so it was an easy checkout. And, oh, so good. And so relevant with the recent "America First" rhetoric prevalent in my parts of America lately. The whole book read like it was screaming, "Warning! Warning!" to me.
Kyle Oslund
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I though this book was very well written and provided a lot of insight on what the Japanese Americans faced during the War imprisonment camps. The pictures provided a more realistic insight on life during imprisonment and the war. These families were given little to no privacy and treated like trash, this book doesn't fail to bring out the adversity and problems they faced.
Lots of pictures and short chapters make this an exceptional nonfiction resource for teens interested not just in history, but prejudice and perseverance, as well. Read our review at the Reading Tub. ...more
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well written, well documented account of a disturbing (and not enough talked about) time in our history...with a well-timed parallel to current events.

Rating: 5 stars / A
Nikki Edgar
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very eye opening. I knew about this event, but not the whole story.
May 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
I thought it was really slow and not very entertaining. There was not much of a story so it got to be drug out and long.
Kevin Burns
Sep 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Okay, this was epic
Apr 02, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history-ww2, 2020
Internment. Racism. Dachau. Japanese-Americans. Weird layout.
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Martin W. Sandler has written more than seventy books for children and adults and has written and produced seven television series. He has twice been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and has won multiple Emmy Awards. He lives in Massachusetts.

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