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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Double Victory by Ronald Takaki. A history of America in World War II is told through the lives of an ethnically diverse group of ordinary Americans struggling for equality at home and fighting for freedom overseas.
Takaki's revealing book shows that there were more struggles -- and more victories -- during WWII than most people ever imagined. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published July 30th by Back Bay Books first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions 7. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Double Victory , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. 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. 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. Mar 26, Nelda Brangwin rated it really liked it. With the interest in black women who quietly helped America in the book and movie, Hidden Figures, this book published in deserves a place in a children's collection. I would have liked to have seen more photos, but I imagine they weren't available.
These women had courage. Oct 08, Brady Postma rated it really liked it Shelves: us-history. I'm not crying. You're crying. 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, M 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 the 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. The U. It was a complicated era and the sacrifices of many would come to the surface in the changing face of domestic policies 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 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 of 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: immigration-comps. Jul 21, Irene rated it it was amazing Shelves: non-fiction , wwii. 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. 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.
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Double Victory: A Multicultural History of America in World War II