They Called Us Enemy

They Called Us Enemy

A graphic memoir recounting actor/author/activist George Takei's childhood imprisoned within American concentration camps during World War II. Experience the forces that shaped an American icon -- and America itself.

Long before George Takei braved new frontiers in Star Trek, he woke up as a four-year-old boy to find his own birth country at war with his father's -- and their entire family forced from their home into an uncertain future.

In 1942, at the order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, every person of Japanese descent on the west coast was rounded up and shipped to one of ten "relocation centers," hundreds or thousands of miles from home, where they would be held for years under armed guard.

They Called Us Enemy is Takei's firsthand account of those years behind barbed wire, the joys and terrors of growing up under legalized racism, his mother's hard choices, his father's faith in democracy, and the way those experiences planted the seeds for his astonishing future.

Title:They Called Us Enemy
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781603094504
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  • David Schaafsma

    George Takei played a relatively minor character, Sulu, in the first iteration of Star Trek which ended far too soon. Years later, many people got to watch this show in endless reruns, and he, with th...

  • Emily May

    I couldn't reconcile what I read in these books about the shining ideas of our democracy with what I knew to be my childhood imprisonment. What can I even say? Everyone should read this book. I am be...

  • Scott

    "On February 19, 1942, seventy-four days after [the attack on] Pearl Harbor . . . [President Franklin Roosevelt] issued Executive Order# 9066. The order never used the word Japanese or camps - it auth...

  • Steve

    Well done, George Takei (and, of course, kudos to the co-authors and artists), and thank you for using your (frankly, enormous) reputation (OK, let's put it out there, from Star Trek) to advance the c...

  • Andy Marr

    Even if I hadn't loved it, I'd have found it impossible to give less than five stars to such a powerful and important book as this. But I did. I loved every single page....

  • Deborah

    George Takei, who was Sulu of Star Trek, relates his childhood of being imprisoned during World War II by the U.S. government for around three years. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, approximately 1...

  • Calista

    I did know about the Japanese internment camps. I didn't think much else about that other than the blight on our country. George Takei has taken his story, he lived through the entire internment proce...

  • Tatiana

    A natural companion to March: Book One and a must read....

  • Hamad

    This Review Blog Twitter Instagram I have discovered this book through the GR choice awards this year. I have read many good graphic novel this year and I think this one should win because it is i...

  • Lisa Vegan

    Extremely well done! I loved it. Full 5 star book!I already knew most of what was described as happening in the wider world and in the camps in general because I’ve already read so many books, seen ...