"Nisei Soldiers Break Their Silence speaks to contemporary concerns about multiculturalism and diversity with an absorbing and powerful story that encompasses both U.S. military and civilian life and strategically links the past with the present in a manner that vivifies what William Faulkner meant when he said that 'the past is not dead, it is not even past.'."
-Arthur A. Hansen, Professor Emeritus of History and Asian American Studies, California State University, Fullerton
"Nisei Soldiers touches deeply into America's reckoning with race and bigotry and deserves a wide reading. The author offers a persuasive and compelling account of the treatment of Japanese Americans in peace and wartime."
"Tamura's Nisei Soldiers is an interesting, solidly researched, and well-written piece of history, one that fills a gap in the literature on the American war experience."
-Thomas Saylor, Oral History Review, September 2013
". . . an excellent history of the Hood River Nisei who served during WW II. Her book is backed by all of the expected (and nicely utilized) sources . . . what helps to distinguish the book as unique are the multitude of rare interviews . . . Highly recommended."
-Choice, March 2013
"An important book about a shameful era in the history of the Columbia gorge. . . . Tamura uses interviews and newly uncovered documents to tell a shocking story."
-Jeff Baker, The Oregonian, December 2012
"Tamura has done well to write this book, which strikes a blow at historical amnesia and resonates in Puget Sound country."
-Mike Dillon, City Living, October 2012
"This important chronicle of the community's wartime contributions interweaves fact and anecdote . . . Tamura provides an engaging outlet for a hidden voice . . ."
-Publishers Weekly, June 2012
"Linda Tamura's revelatory community history, Nisei Soldiers, exposes the racism experienced by Japanese American soldiers from Hood River, Oregon during World War II and the postwar years. . . .Her poignant case study fills a necessary gap in the social history of Japanese American postwar resettlement."
-Melanie English, Pacific Northwest Quarterly,
"A superb read, an excellent source of Northwest social history, and a welcome addition to the literature on Japanese internment."
-Eric Cunningham, Columbia
"Nisei Soldiers Break Their Silence is a much-needed account of a crucial period in Japanese American history. . . . Linda Tamura's clearly written, discerning, and engaging book deserves careful study by both specialists and general readers interested in Japanese Americans' contributions during and after the Second World War."
-Brian Casserly, Michigan War Studies Review