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With photos by Ansel Adams that were "lost" for over 40 years and a stunning original text by John Hersey, Manzanar is the story of an internment camp for Japanese Americans during World War II. Exhibition of the photos to tour the country. 100 duotones.
Hardcover, 169 pages
Published November 22nd 1988 by Crown (first published 1978)
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Sarah Crawford
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Armor, 1988.

With photos by Ansel Adams.

The book begins with an introduction to the purpose of Manzanar. Ansel Adams was asked to take photos of the camp in 1943 and it composed the only "photo essay" that he ever did.

Interestingly enough, neither he nor any other photographers were allow to photograph the guard towers, the guards or the barbed wire. The book then goes into a brief history of the evacuation from the West Coast, the assembly centers, the attack on Pearl Harbor and its immedia
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Kathy
Jul 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, ww2
Ansel Adams was one of the few photographers allowed to take pictures showing the stark reality of Manzanar, the Japanese internment camp in CA. He let the copyright expire and gave the pictures to the Library of Congress so anyone could use them. Manzanar is an inhospitable place even now, cold in the winter, hot and windy in the summer, but so many of the pictures show people smiling. The text in this book left me believing that it was really the racial prejudice of a very few men that led to ...more
Brenda
Feb 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thought provoking. We should never forget our past so as not to repeat it. A great book for anyone who loves History, especially regarding the 1940s.
Zahra
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always been out astonished by this part of Americans history. I was reading this book at the same time I was reading Maus by Art Spiegelman. Interesting enough is the contraction between the American promises of how rights are equally distributed regardless of ethnicity. The promise of America to its citizens of its own country was broken. Of course the holocaust was a much more horrifying event and by no means am I justifying these two events but only begging for much more attention to be ...more
David Bonesteel
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is an extraordinary document of life at Manzanar, one of the concentration camps where Japanese Americans were needlessly imprisoned during World War II. Ansel Adams's photographs and the accompanying text testify to the dignity and resourcefulness that the internees displayed in adjusting to intolerable circumstances. When perusing this book, it is important to read the essays, for I find that Adams's photography alone does not adequately capture the full camp experience. So self-poss ...more
David B
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is an extraordinary document of life at Manzanar, one of the concentration camps where Japanese Americans were needlessly imprisoned during World War II. Ansel Adams's photographs and the accompanying text testify to the dignity and resourcefulness that the internees displayed in adjusting to intolerable circumstances. When perusing this book, it is important to read the essays, for I find that Adams's photography alone does not adequately capture the full camp experience. So self-poss ...more
Wils Cain
Jan 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Non-fiction story of Manzanar set in eastern CA as a concentration camp to hold Japanese "aliens and non-aliens" during WWII public hysteria. A horrible story of American citizens losing their freedom and civil rights and becoming prisoners based on public hysteria and prejudice. Photos by Ansel Adams who was visited Manzanar during its operation. Very interesting and terrifying! Glad to see we didn't do this again in 2001.
Salena
Oct 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pictures are great. Text was a little more work to get through.
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Photography, Ansel Adams
Caralynn West
Jun 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Historical. Not what I was looking for. Skimmed it. If you love history, it will be fascinating to you.
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Apr 28, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book was OK, pictures by Ansel Adams were great.
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Though wilderness and the environment were his grand passions, photography was his calling, his metier, his raison d'etre.

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