New Book: Edwin Nakasone's The Nisei Soldier - 4th edition
A new book has just been added to our Resource Center Library: The Nisei Soldier, 4th Edition by Professor of History (Emeritus) Edwin Nakasone contains historical essays about the Japanese American soldiers who served in World War II and the Korean War.
Professor Nakasone was one of our interview subjects in the recently-completed project for the US Army's Center for Military History to record the oral histories of Nisei soldiers who served during the Allied occupation of Japan.
A book review by James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief of Midwest Book Review, when The Nisei Soldier was first released:
In The Nisei Solder: Historical Essays On World War II And The Korean War, Edwin Nakasone draws upon his expertise having taught Asian-American and World War II history from more than 25 years to write a highly informative account of Japanese-American soldiers called "Nisei", who fought to defend American interests, despite discrimination accorded them and their families by the people and government of the United States. The narrative text is rich in descriptive detail, based on Nakasone's own experiences (he served as a Nisei in the U.S. Army's occupation forces in Japan at the end of the war), supplemented with extensive interviews with Nisei soldiers. In addition to offering the reader an informative Japanese-American perspective, Nakasone's essays also explore the Japanese perspectives on World War II not often available to an American reader. The Nisei Solder is a very highly recommended addition to any personal, professional, academic, or community library World War II history collection.
Nakasone is a University of Minnesota graduate and long time member of the history faculty of Century College, White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Born and raised in Hawaii, he witnessed the attack on Pearl Harbor, Wheeler Army Airfield, and Schofield Barracks on December 7, 1941. He served as an interpreter during the Occupation of Japan in 1947-48, and is a retired colonel, United States Army. He was the recipient of two Fulbright grants, one to Japan in 1965, and the other to India in 1981.
To purchase a copy of the book, contact Professor Nakasone at firstname.lastname@example.org.