Midnight in Broad Daylight: A Japanese American Family Caught Between Two Worlds

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Harper Perennial
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5.2 X 7.9 X 1.0 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Pamela Rotner Sakamoto is an American historian. Fluent in Japanese, she lived in Kyoto and Tokyo for seventeen years. She works as an expert consultant on Japan-related projects for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and has taught in the University of Hawaii system. She is on the faculty at Punahou School in Honolulu.


[S]ublime prose and prodigious research..."Midnight in Broad Daylight" is as riveting and moving a book as has ever been written about World War II, made all the more compelling by the blending of American and Japanese perspectives.--Seattle Times
"[O]ne of the most wrenching, inspirational-and until now unknown-true epics of World War II....luminous, magisterial...[Sakamoto] has helped shape and set the standard for a vital and necessary new genre: transpacific literature. Her readers will want more."--Ron Powers, Pulitizer Prize winner and author of Mark Twain: A Life
"Riveting in its alternating American and Japanese perspectives, and a fresh look at the dropping of the atom bomb over Hiroshima, this story is inspirational as well as educational. A great addition to World War II literature."--Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, coauthor of Farewell to Manzanar
"This deeply researched and elegantly written history is a rare human drama that spans the Japanese-American experience as few, if any, books have done.... a cultural document that immerses the reader..."--USA Today
"Midnight in Broad Daylight is a deeply moving, well-written work that ranks among the better accounts of the injuries inflicted in wartime on civilian and ethnic populations. Students of war crimes and crimes against humanity are sure to notice this book."--Herbert Bix, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan
Deeply reported and researched... Midnight in Broad Daylight" not only tells one family's remarkable story but also makes an important contribution to our knowledge of the Japanese-American experience in World War II, on both sides of the ocean and the hyphen.--New York Times Book Review
"An intimately detailed look at the agony of a Japanese American family struggling to maintain American loyalty amid discrimination and war. . . . A richly textured narrative history. . . . A beautifully rendered work wrought with enormous care and sense of compassionate dignity."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)