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 presen A stunning graphic memoir recounting actor/author/activist George Takei's childhood imprisoned within American concen...

DownloadRead Online
Title:They Called Us Enemy
Author:George Takei
Rating:
Genres:Sequential Art
ISBN:1603094504
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:204 pages pages

They Called Us Enemy Reviews

  • Mary Lee
    Jul 28, 2019
    This is probably a bit above a 5th grader's head, but you bet it will be in my classroom. We can trace the-person-who-lives-in-the-White-House's Muslim ban and the incarceration of refugees from Latin America straight back to the US Government's criminalizing of Japanese Americans. If ...
  • David Schaafsma
    Aug 14, 2019
    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 the rest of the cast, became famous to new generations. Takei has become even more famou...
  • Kelly Hager
    Jul 21, 2019
    Like Room, the atrocities in here are narrated by a child. George Takei didn't realize the full extent of what was happening when he, his parents and his two younger siblings were sent to Japanese internment camps (read: imprisoned) but that doesn't make it any easier for the reader. ...
  • Shomeret
    Aug 04, 2019
    I've read a number of novels dealing with Japanese American internment during WWII. I certainly never expected that there would be a graphic memoir dealing with the WWII experiences of a Japanese American. Leave it to George Takei to show us how that's done in an era when his story has...
  • Deb
    Jul 29, 2019
    I read this beautifully written and illustrated graphic memoir in one sitting. George Takei shares his memories and journey of being a child in a Japanese internment camp. It is such a powerful, courageous and heartbreaking story. Thank you, George Takei for sharing your story. May it ...
  • Steve
    Jul 21, 2019
    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 common good (generally, and specifically, at this time) of society and our fragile nati...
  • Laura Hoffman Brauman
    Jul 27, 2019
    Takei looks back on his family's experiences during WWII when they were forced to sell everything for a fraction of what it was worth and were locked up in camps because of their Japanese heritage. What we did was inexcusable during the war and the consequences on families impacted mul...
  • Laura
    Jul 18, 2019
    OK, I'm sure we are tired of hearing that history repeats and repeats itself, but as I read this memoir of George Takei, of his time in the Internment camps that was established by executive order, at the beginning of World War Two, the more I see the parallels going on today. Takai...
  • Renee
    Aug 01, 2019
    Compelling and (unfortunately) timely, George Takei's graphic memoir of his family's grueling detention in the World War II era Japanese internment camps is a must read. Told at first from the perspective of a child, and then a young man who grapples with his family's history and his p...
  • Morgan
    Aug 05, 2019
    I've read quite a bit of fiction and non-fiction the last few years about the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and been moved by them all, but this one really got to me. George Takei and his co-creators pack a heavy yet somehow hopeful punch in this outstanding grap...
  • Sheila Beaumont
    Jul 23, 2019
    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 of Pearl Harbor in December 1941, 120,000 Japanese Americans, many of them citize...
  • Robert Greenberger
    Jul 30, 2019
    I'll stipulate upfront I have known George Takei since the 1970s and consider him a friend. In all the time we have spent together, this never came up, despite meeting his mother along the way. Over the last decade or two, I have read interviews and his own autobiography that went into...
  • Jennifer Mangler
    Jul 20, 2019
    This is such a moving book and I couldn't put it down. I wish it was just a book about something in our history, but sadly it isn't. Too many Americans don't know about the internment of Japanese-Americans, and as a country we haven't learned anything. We're repeating so much of histor...
  • Paul  Hankins
    Jul 17, 2019
    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 Lesesne) that might wrap-around the book to come. Of course, subject matter, especially hi...
  • Jeanne
    Jul 27, 2019
    Justice grows out of recognition of ourselves in each other. That my liberty depends on you being free, too. That history can't be a sword to justify injustice, or a shield against progress but must be a manual for how to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past. ? Barack Obama Ge...
  • Erin
    Jul 22, 2019
    This book is so beautifully done. Not only is the message vital and timely, but it is more important now than ever. Takei tells his amazing story of living in the Japanese internment camps from the perspective of a child, interspersed with his thoughts now that he is older and has a di...
  • Tasha Birckhead
    Jul 03, 2019
    I have read only the arc from ALA but this is so powerful. I'm so glad he chose to tell his story through the format of a graphic novel. Like the graphic novel, March, I think this book will reach a wider audience and educate them on some real american history. ...
  • Matthew Noe
    Jul 30, 2019
    "Shame is a cruel thing. It should rest on the perpetrators... but they don't carry it the way the victims do." A powerful, necessary AT THIS MOMENT memoir of cruelty and hope, with an art style perfect for the job. Everyone from middle school to retirement should be reading this. ...
  • Stewart Tame
    Jul 31, 2019
    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 was one of the many affected by President Roosevelt?s Executive Order 9066 that result...
  • Cyndi Hackett
    Jul 28, 2019
    I really am glad that I read this book. I was raised in the mid-west, and until moving to California, I really don't believe I ever knew about the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII. And I don't know if I would have learned anything even then if I hadn't been in the schools, ...
  • Kassy MacPherson
    Jul 22, 2019
    This book was amazing. George?s life story is one that will stick with me for a long time. These Americans were all brave to experience these internment camps. The book does a great job at showing the injustice and the sacrifices before and after the war for many Americans. I enjoyed...
  • Alisa
    Jul 29, 2019
    "Shame is a cruel thing. It should rest on the perpetrators, but they don't carry it the way victims do." This graphic novel about Japanese American internment during WWII (as told through the experiences of George Takei) should be required reading for US History classes. It's easy ...
  • Katrina
    Jul 17, 2019
    Thoughtfully and artfully told, George Takei now shares his story in graphic novel format. It?s unfortunate to call this ?timely,? but that?s what it is. As the US is unjustly imprisoning asylum-seekers and people who have committed no crime but wanting better for their family,...
  • Brian Lavery
    Jul 27, 2019
    A well done and compelling book by George Takei mostly focusing on his childhood. There were numerous historical facts that this book educated me about. Both of my kids read this book cover to cover today as well. They couldn't believe this is a true story, and it fostered some good di...
  • Raven Black
    Jul 20, 2019
    Shows years from author's childhood to today. Not in chronical order, but marked so you can see the changes. While Takei is the narrator, his childhood shown through eyes of the child but with adult understanding. ...
  • David
    Jul 16, 2019
    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. government, but this illuminated the situation for me even more. It also helped me reco...
  • Natalie Joy
    Jul 17, 2019
    I woke up and grabbed this off my nightstand, intending to flip through it a little before getting up and going about my day. Instead, I remained sitting up, vaguely aware of my kids coming in and asking for breakfast and me waving a hand at them murmuring something like "Sure, whateve...
  • Ben Truong
    Jul 31, 2019
    They Called Us Enemy is an autobiographical graphic novel written by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, and Steven Scott and illustrated by Harmony Becker. It relates the story of Takei?s family internment during the Second World War. Japanese-Americans were classified as "Alien Enemy...
  • Theo Coughlin
    Jul 18, 2019
    Wow, there is so much in here. I wish every American could read this, in light of our country?s current climate of bigotry and hatred. Unfortunately history seems to be repeating itself. ...
  • Kellie Locum
    Jul 31, 2019
    This is a great graphic novel that really does an excellent job showing the realities of the Japanese Internment Camps during WWII. Told from a man who lived through it himself, Takei speaks of his experience with a mixture of emotion and fact. It?s great and something I will be usin...