The First Eighty Years is a first person account of a Nisei (American citizen born to immigrant Japanese parents), who grew up on the farms of Fresno County (California) during the Great Depression, experienced incarceration in internment camps during World War II, joined the army, then worked as a newspaperman in Marin County for 33 years until retirement.
For some, his remembrances of the work and life on a small farm before WWII will bring recollections of a very different period; for others, it will be a learning experience, a social history lesson, about a life they have never known. His description of life in the army after WWII is a story seldom told.
As a journalist, Mr. Takeshita’s newspaper writings were followed not only because of the subjects, but for the direct, descriptive style his readers grew to count on and look forward to enjoying daily. It is his style that keeps his tale moving forward with subtle warmth and charm. Included also, are some of the famous and infamous issues he covered "on the job."
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Having come through the trials of life relatively unscathed, and in good health at age 80, it occurred to Mr. Takeshita that the genes inherited from his ancestors may not be the only determining factor, that something in the Asian diet and lifestyle might also contribute to health and longevity.
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Book Description Vision Books International, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111565500911