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After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States Government encouraged all eligible young men to enlist immediately in the fight against its enemies overseas—all eligible young men, except Japanese-Americans. Nisei is the story of Hideo “Bobby” Takahashi, a Hawaiian-born Japanese-American who must overcome prejudice, internment, and the policies of his own government to ...more
Published June 30th 2016 by Smashwords Edition
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Robert is in debt and decided to sale his mother's house and then he plans on ending it all. While searching the house one last time he comes across a box with a memoir from his father. This memoir shows the life his father lived as a boy and after during World War 2. He witnesses the attack on Pearl Harbor and shortly thereafter he and his family suffer imprisonment because they are Japanese-Americans. Through all the hate and judgement he still showed love for his country and played a big role ...more
S.J. Francis
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as a gift and devoured it in just two nights of reading. Excellent book about the Japanese-Americans during the time of World War II and the issues facing them and all Americans. Down on his luck in the year 2000, Robert Takahashi is aimed to kill himself. That is until, he finds a memoir written by his late father, Hideo "Bobby" Takahashi. The memoir is touching, gripping and revealing more than Robert could have ever foreseen coming.
Having lived in Hawaii, with Hawaiian r
Jeanie Loiacono
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Having only heard mentioning of the atrocities forced upon American-born Japanese or those who’d immigrated prior to WWII, I was educated to the facts by Nisei. Although, as with all races in the U.S. then and now, there are those who will always have connections—sentimental, familial, and inherited—to their homeland, it is quite difficult to distinguish the terroristic and treasonistic from those who are loyal to America. It is an inner choice, an opinion, just as all things are. Only when the ...more
Margaret Tidwell
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
FTC: I received a free copy of this book from PJ Nunn in exchange for my honest review. I received no other compensation and the opinions expressed in this review are one hundred percent true and my own.

Nisei by J.J. White was a fantastic book. I read this book in a few hours because once I started reading the book, I didn’t want to put it down until it was done. I loved this book because it gave me another look into some of the things that happened during WWII. I did know that we put Japanese p
Sarina Rose
May 17, 2017 rated it liked it
A view of World War II from the point of view of a Japanese-American: life in the internment camps. the U.S. Military side by side with a hunger for his first love. The characters and settings are believable and the plot is realistic. Nothing sentimental about this book but a good look into the Japanese-American experience before, during, and after the war.
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
go for broke. what a great slogan. now know what was behind it.
Scott Skipper
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Bobby Takahashi had three passions, sketching, joining the navy and a redhead named Mary O’Connor. Unfortunately, although Mary loved him, her father forbade their relationship, the navy was off limits to a Japanese-American from Hawaii and a sketch that he made of the battleships at Pearl Harbor fell into the hands of the Japanese. The whole Takahashi family, and many others, found themselves in internment camps in California immediately after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Bobby, real name Hideo, ...more
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is definitely a genre I steer clear of normally (Historical/War-Military/Japanese-American)--I am not into war. That said I am very glad I agreed to read this one when asked. The things they don't teach us in history class--unbelievable. This is a work of fiction but based on real events!

Let me clear up some of the words first since a lot of us don't know the meaning--

Nisei - A Japanese son or daughter, born and educated in the United States, whose parents emigrated from Japan
Issei - A man
Wow!!! Having lived in Hawaii from 1991 until 1996 I came to know several members of the "Go For Broke" soldiers, among them Senator Daniel Inouye. The book clearly and honestly tells the story of what these proud American men and women went through during WWII to prove their loyalty. I cried at the end of the book. I recommend that anyone wanting to learn about this part of history to read it. Thank you J J White for writing from your heart and thank you Bobby for living. ...more
Pj Gaumond
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Even though it is a novel, it has immense historical significance. The book is a look through the eyes of a Japanese-American at the beginning and through WWII. I have read other books regarding this time in history and Japanese-Americans but none with the men going to war with us. For anyone interested in WWII history this is a must read.
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I truly enjoyed this book. I started to read it just to get acquainted but could not put it down. Although it is a work of fiction the author set it in a historical setting. I love the description of life in Hawaii by Japanese Americans, the suffering that they had to endure through internment, the racism, dispossession of their property and separation from families. I also loved the history of the Japanese troops who fought for honor and recognition from a nation who despised them. In
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J. J. WHITE has had articles and stories published in several anthologies and magazines including, Wordsmith, The Homestead Review, The Seven Hills Review, Bacopa Review, and The Grey Sparrow Journal. His story, “The Adventure of the Nine Hole League,” was published in the Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, Volume 13, and his story, “Lucky Bastard Club,” was published in the Saturday Evening Post, ...more

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