They Called Us Enemy

They Called Us Enemy

A stunning 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 -- in this gripping tale of courage, country, loyalty, and love.

George Takei has captured hearts and minds worldwide with his captivating stage presence and outspoken commitment to equal rights. But long before he 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.

What is American? Who gets to decide? When the world is against you, what can one person do? To answer these questions, George Takei joins co-writers Justin Eisinger & Steven Scott and artist Harmony Becker for the journey of a lifetime.

Title:They Called Us Enemy
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781603094504
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    They Called Us Enemy Reviews

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Sheila Beaumont

    George Takei's compelling, heartfelt graphic memoir about his family's experiences during the U.S. government's incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II is a must-read.After the bombing...

  • Tatiana

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

  • David

    This was a heartfelt, passionate and painful story that I couldn't put down. I have always known about the internment camps of World War II and the mistreatment of so many loyal citizens by the U.S. g...

  • Claire

    They Called Us Enemy is a compelling memoir of a childhood in Japanese American Internment Camps. This graphic novel is an important contribution to the literature about this shameful part of history,...

  • Paul  Hankins

    There are moments in a reader/teacher's experience when you can see a book getting ready to release and he, she, or they have already begun to pull the "ladder" texts (READING LADDERS by Dr. Teri Lese...

  • Rod Brown

    Timely due to our current crisis in immigrant detention, this book is good for you and well done too. Having read Takei's To the Stars and seen the musical "Allegiance," I had a familiarity with some ...

  • Lata

    An important story to tell. And a reminder of how swiftly and irrevocably sentiment can turn against a group because they look different from the dominant culture. I liked the illustrations by Harmony...

  • Stewart Tame

    As a public figure, George Takei needs no introduction. Actor, author, activist … at the very least, he is known for his role as Sulu in the Star Trek series. But during his childhood, his family wa...