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Documents the story of the Japanese-American 100th Battalion/442d Regimental Combat Team of World War II, a segregated unit of Japanese-American soldiers that became the nation's most decorated unit, in an account that traces their pivotal contributions in October and November of 1944. 40,000 first printing.
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"Bob Asahina's wonderful book more than does justice to the history of the 442d and the brave men who wore its patch and called it home. Just Americans will be news to many, and for that reason, if for no other, I hope it becomes required reading in high school and college history courses. I pray that the stories he tells become known far and wide, so that the ‘mistakes’ of our lamentable past may be less likely to be repeated."
—Lucian K. Truscott IV, author of Dress Gray and Heart of War
"Many a survivor of that bitter 1944-45 winter of WWII will be happy to see the men of the 100th Battalion/442d Regimental Combat Team getting their bravery recognized. They became a legend among in the infantry units fighting in the Vosges Mountains."
—Tony Hillerman, veteran of C Company, 410th Infantry, and best-selling author of the Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee mysteries
"Just Americans is a wonderful account of a heroic wonder — people who gave everything for a country that seemed intent on taking everything away from them. If citizenship is earned, here are the Americans who most deserve their pay. If citizenship is bequeathed, here is freedom’s greatest legacy. If citizenship is a blessing, here are the patriot saints."
—P.J. O’Rourke, author of Peace Kills and Give War a Chance
"It was with American enthusiasm and Japanese tenacity that Japanese Americans overcame both persecution and resentment to fight most bravely on European battlefields in 1944-45, and Robert Asahina too needed both enthusiasm and tenacity to recover for history their doings and undoings. While adding to scholarship, the rich detail here masterfully presented makes for exciting reading."
—Edward N. Luttwak, historian, author of Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace, and Senior Adviser to The Center for Strategic & International Studies
Robert Asahina has been an editor at George, Harper’s, The New York Times Book Review, GEO, and The Public Interest; a film critic for The New Leader and The American Spectator; and a theater critic for The Hudson Review. He has also been editor in chief and deputy publisher of Broadway Books, president and publisher of the Adult Publishing Group of Golden Books, and a vice president and senior editor of Simon & Schuster. His articles and reviews have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Art International, Yale Theater, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, The Washington Post Book World, and other periodicals. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program at NYU. He is now a president of Asahina & Wallace, a Los Angeles-based independent publisher of fiction and nonfiction.
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