Author Ronald Takaki recounts that struggle in Double Victory: A Multicultural History of America in World War II, at once a valuable addition to. From a Navajo code talker to a Tuskegee pilot, Takaki examines the many contributions and sacrifices of America’s minorities–blacks, Chinese Read More . In Double Victory Ronald Takaki explores the contradictions presented by the rhetoric of the Second World War in America and challenges the concept of a.
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Published July 30th by Back Bay Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Double Victoryplease sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Jun 02, Liz rated it it was ok. This war is recalled by images of white men crawling in trenches and storming at Normandy while their wives and children at home grew their own gardens to support the troops and collected every scrap of useful metal to build airplanes.
At the same time, each minority group in the United States was being denied basic rights and American hospitality. Takaki brings this to life with personal accounts of events. One account is of an African American veteran who was not allowed to sit down on a bus in the south until his white comrades backed him up. This novel is full of specific, telling quotes such as these that depict the unwillingness of America to truly accept other nationalities.
Takaki also includes the memories of American born Chinese descendants that had to prove they are not Japanese in order to ensure their safety. He includes accounts from Navajo Indians whose language was used to pass military information.
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By including personal stories and quotes Takaki has created characters that can be connected to and understood by the reader. The themes in this book are directly related to what is happening in the world today. I think that the gay marriage and gay acceptance debate that is happening now is like the Civil Rights movement, so this book parallels exactly what is going on today.
In addition to comparing the book to what is happening today, students are still learning about World War II. This book directly connects to the curriculum in schools all over the country and the world. One cannot truly understand an event or a time period without learning about how the general population felt.
This book provides the feelings of the minority population and the general population in relation to minority groups. Even though the characters in this book are real and have interesting stories, I would only recommend this book to a history enthusiast or a history student looking for more insight into the people behind World War II.
This book would be a wonderful accompaniment to classroom lessons on World War II as a mandatory or suggested reading. The personal stories and opinions in this novel are the perfect material to spark a class discussion or help students connect to the time period outside of factual information. This book would also be great for anybody who studies human nature, as it is the account of a pivotal time in history from the perspective of those who lived the events.
Feb 05, Simon Purdue rated it really liked it. While the press and the government spoke of fighting for democracy abroad, in the US race riots, internment, and Jim Crow demonstrated that the battle for democracy was far from over on the home front. Nonetheless Takaki shows that millions of people of color mobilized to fight for and defend a country that subjugated them, all the while fighting for their full rights and dignity as Americans.
Using personal records he tells the story of the minority men and women who experienced the war from a variety of different vantage points, ranging from the frontlines to the munitions factory to the internment camp.
May 19, Juliet rated it liked it. For a book required for class, it wasn’t as dreadful as I was expecting. I like the way Takaki takes pieces of the different views of different people throughout the war.
It really puts into perspective for others’ and how they view the war. It has the facts and the information however it’s not a snooze.
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Nov 28, HavenM rated it it was amazing. I really liked this book. It offered an entirely different view on World War Two that most people probably don’t think that much about.
Jun 02, Whitney rated it really liked it. World War II was the most significant event in the 20th century both on a foreign and domestic level for the United States. With vlctory contribution of African Americans, Asians, Jewish and Europeans in the American military service directly correlates with the coming civil rights movements of the latter portion of the 20th century. During this war, Americans from every corner of the world spilled their blood for this nation and our ideals of human rights.
It was a complicated era and the sacrifices of many would come to the surface in the changing face of domestic doubel and civil rights. This book is a good resource to see the contributions of many to the American war effort. It notes the importance of wartime industry, family support and community support for the whole of America May 31, William rated it really liked it Shelves: Dedicating each chapter in this book to a respective minority group was a good way to break up this book, with the last chapter a kind of “can’t we call get along” RIP “road to civil rights movement” summary.
Also, I like Takaki’s tone: Here’s a historian with balls that manages not to over-editorialize.
However, whenever historians DO start editorializing or dropping hintsit makes me think about how they’re framing the issue and what else I’m missing. That’s why you read more history books I guess A brilliant study of World War II as experienced by a wide variety of cultural and ethnic minority groups.
Takaki clearly shows that the “good war” included much prejudice and injustice at home and in the armed forces, but that the experience of fighting together and seeing what the extremes oduble racism did in Europe and Asia helped Americans learn to better live together, and inspired later struggles for improved civil rights.
While generally well-balanced, Takaki is clearly not a military hist A brilliant study of World War II as experienced by a wide variety of cultural and ethnic minority groups.
While generally well-balanced, Takaki is clearly not a military historian. He makes minor errors in fact, and his interpretations of Hiroshima and the failure of the United States to do more to stop the Holocaust, while useful, take insufficient account of both military potentials and limitations.
Overall, well worth reading. Jun 01, Ken rated it it was amazing. Great job weaving in the perspectives of many different communities in to the painful and triumphant events associated with WWII.
It’s wonderful to see how ordinary people sacrificed so much to ensure that members of all minority communities enjoyed all of the rights and priveleges of US citizenship. Feb 05, LA rated it really liked it Shelves: Thematic Studies, Fall Jul 21, Irene rated it it was amazing Shelves: Untold stories of WWII. Depicts different cultural groups experiences in the war and how they use it to fight for civil rights at home.
Feb 12, Hunter Boyajian rated it liked it.
Double Victory: A Multicultural History of America in World War II by Ronald Takaki
This is a decent book. It is definitely enlightening. A very anectodal read, however. My mind tended to wander and I would have to re-read sections again. Jan 30, Suzanne rated it liked it. Reading for a summer class work. Really enjoying his perspective. Catherine B rated it it was amazing Mar 13, William Bailey rated it really liked it Aug 22, Roger Wang rated it really liked it May 20, Melissa rated it it was amazing Aug 22, TR Peterson rated it liked it Nov 24, Tommy rated it really liked it Jan 11, Elizabeth rated it really liked it Aug 19, Jennifer rated it it was amazing Feb 25, Michelle rated it liked it Sep 18, Alyx rated it really liked it Sep 16, Michaela rated it liked it Jan 20, Alyssa rated it really liked it Apr 27, Maria rated it it was amazing Apr 13, Kevin rated it really liked it Jul 04, Bill Mullen rated it really liked it Feb 16, Hadi rated it liked it Mar 07, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
Ronald Toshiyuki Takaki was an American academic, historian, ethnographer and author. Books by Ronald Takaki.