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Book Review – Facing the Mountain by Daniel James Brown



Review by
G. Robert Frazier

Bestselling author Daniel James Brown’s enthralling new book, Facing the Mountain (17.5 hours), describes the heroism of Japanese Americans who joined the Army to fight for the U.S. after the December 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor. While nearly 80 years have passed since that infamous day, Brown’s impassioned account of the trials and tribulations that Japanese Americans faced afterward is eerily reflective of the unjust hatred heaped on Asian Americans in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The audiobook is capably narrated by American actor Louis Ozawa, whose ability to speak both English and Japanese serves him well as he tells the stories of four soldiers and their families who gallantly proved their dedication to their country despite the bigotry they faced. Ozawa’s performance is inspiring and uplifting as he delivers a resounding call for respect after years of hate.

 

ALSO IN BOOKPAGE: Read our starred review of the print version of Facing the Mountain.

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