Daniel James Brown: Facing the Mountain

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Boys in the Boat, a gripping World War II saga of patriotism and courage: the special Japanese-American Army unit that overcame brutal odds in Europe; their families, incarcerated back home; and a young man who refused to surrender his constitutional rights, even if it meant imprisonment. 

Join us Monday, June 14th at 7pm PT for a conversation with Daniel James Brown! He'll be discussing his new book, Facing the Mountain with Dr. Ed Slack. 

Use this link to register for this free event:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEsd-iupjkuGNdypMqsITzPsV1tymJ-gBCB


About the book: 


They came from across the continent and Hawaii. Their parents taught them to embrace both their Japanese heritage and the ways of their American homeland. They faced bigotry, yet they believed in their bright futures as American citizens. But within days of Pearl Harbor, the FBI was ransacking their houses and locking up their fathers. And within months many would themselves be living behind barbed wire.

Facing the Mountain is an unforgettable chronicle of war-time America and the battlefields of Europe. Based on Daniel James Brown's extensive interviews with the families of the protagonists as well as deep archival research, it portrays the kaleidoscopic journey of four Japanese-American families and their sons, who volunteered for 442nd Regimental Combat Team and were deployed to France, Germany, and Italy, where they were asked to do the near impossible.

But this is more than a war story. Brown also tells the story of these soldiers' parents, immigrants who were forced to shutter the businesses, surrender their homes, and submit to life in concentration camps on U.S. soil. Woven throughout is the chronicle of a brave young man, one of a cadre of patriotic resisters who stood up against their government in defense of their own rights. Whether fighting on battlefields or in courtrooms, these were Americans under unprecedented strain, doing what Americans do best--striving, resisting, pushing back, rising up, standing on principle, laying down their lives, and enduring.


About the contributors: 

Daniel James Brown is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Boys in the Boat, The Indifferent Stars Above, and Under a Flaming Sky. He has taught writing at San Jose State University and Stanford University. He lives outside Seattle. Visit DanielJamesBrown.com.

Tom Ikeda, who has written the foreword, is executive director of Densho, a Seattle-based non-profit dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing Japanese American history and promoting social justice and equity. 


About the moderator: 

Edward R. Slack, Jr. is Professor of History at Eastern Washington University. His first book, Opium, State, and Society: China’s Narco-Economy and the Guomindang, 1916-1937 (2001), investigated the complex web of relations between drugs and politics during a chaotic period of Chinese history. Since 2008, Professor Slack has become widely recognized in his discipline as a pioneer in studies that focus on Asian cultural influence in colonial Mexico, and the “first Chinatown of the modern era” in Spanish Manila. He has been invited to speak about his research at Brown University, the University of Minnesota, Cornell University, and the University of Guadalajara. His recent publications also include “The Chinos in New Spain: A Corrective Lens for a Distorted Image” in Journal of World History 20.1 (March 2009), “Sinifying New Spain: Cathay’s Influence on Colonial Mexico via the Nao de China” in Journal of Chinese Overseas 5.1 (May 2009), and “Orientalizing New Spain: Perspectives on Asian Influence in Colonial Mexico” in México y la Cuenca del Pacífico 15.43 (January - April 2012). A coauthored book titled Navigating the Spanish Lake: The Pacific in the Iberian World, 1521-1898, was published in 2014 by the University of Hawaii Press. In his latest article, “New Perspectives on Manila’s Chinese Community at the Turn of the Eighteenth Century,” in Journal of Chinese Overseas17.1 (Spring 2021), Prof. Slack uses previously unpublished archival documents to analyze the evolution of what is called “systemic racism” today by Spaniards in the Philippines during the age of the Manila Galleon (1571-1815).



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Monday, June 14, 2021 - 7:00pm
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Facing the Mountain: A True Story of Japanese American Heroes in World War II Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525557401
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking - May 11th, 2021