MANZANAR by John & Peter Wright Armor


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A powerful documentation of Manzanar, the California WW II interment camp for more than 10,000 Japanese-Americans. Armor and Wright, a constitutional lawyer and a photo editor for AP, respectively, offer a brief but elegant text that details the spartan life at the camp and that limns several of the internees. Even more evocative, however, is the poignant introductory commentary by John Hersey, chronicling the political paranoia leading up to the establishment of the camp and discussing the 100 stark black-and-white photographs (some seen) by Ansel Adams of the camp: ""This book gives us a record, in photographs whose clarity and beauty and truthfulness burn one's eyes. . ."" A notable remembrance, then, of a national shame.

Pub Date: Nov. 22nd, 1988
Publisher: Times Books