They Called Us Enemy by George Takei

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 presence and outspoken commitment to equal rights. But long before he braved new ...

Details They Called Us Enemy

TitleThey Called Us Enemy
Release DateJul 16th, 2019
PublisherTop Shelf Productions
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Autobiography, Memoir, History, Nonfiction, Comics, Biography

Reviews They Called Us Enemy

  • Steve
    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 nation.So, where to start? Yes, yes, it's a graphic novel, but it's much, much more. It's non-fiction, it's autobiographical, it's current, it's important, it's histori...
  • David
    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 reconfirm the belief that being a member of the United States and living under the wonderful ideals it is based on are not exclusive to those with power and should not ...
  • Paul Hankins
    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 historical periods, can create their own sense of ladders. Experienced readers, including librarians, reviewers, and classroom library curators, who have read middle ...
  • Sheila Beaumont
    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 citizens or longtime residents, were sent to concentration camps. The Takeis spent some time at Santa Anita Racetrack (George, at the age of 5, thought sleeping in a smelly s...
  • Kassy MacPherson
    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 the stories that George remembered of the camp (some are funny while others are sad to read), but also the history throughout the book. Not only does it depict his...
  • Tasha Birckhead
    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.
  • Natalie Joy
    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, whatever you want," only to discover later they'd had granola bars and Reece's Pieces as I finished the entire graphic novel in one go. But, hey--it was worth it, because ...
  • Katrina
    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, Takei reminds us of a time - within a lifetime - where people were forcefully incarcerated based on their heritage. “They Called Us Enemy” is very accessible f...
  • Raven Black
    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.
  • Brian Lavery
    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 discussion. I imagine this book will be taught in some progressive elementary and middle schools.
  • Theo Coughlin
    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.
  • Laura
    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 was famous for being Lt. Sulu from Star Trek, to a certain generation and as that Meme guy, to a younger generation. He was interred, along with his family during WWII...
  • Alisa
    "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 to see parallels between these events and events/sentiments that are still, tragically, a reality in American. And I think if more Americans knew the reality of our his...
  • Kelly Hager
    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. This book absolutely broke my heart. We're never getting better as a country, are we? We're still afraid of people who we deem as "other" and we just take turns wit...
  • Erin
    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 different perspective on the situation. A truly heartbreaking and yet simultaneously heartwarming story. The art is simple and so very effective! Gorgeous details and...
  • Jennifer Mangler
    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 history in a way that I find so disgusting and disheartening. It's easy to get down. That's why I was surprised to find so much hope in this book, from both George and hi...
  • Renee
    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 parents' decisions, the graphic novel brings the Takeis' ordeal to life. Highly recommended.
  • Susan Morris
    At times heartbreaking, but an amazing book telling the story of George Takei and other Japanese Americans interred during WWII, in a graphic novel format. Highly recommend. (Own)
  • Shannon Clark
    Finished it before going to bed on day I bought it. 5 stars and should be read by every single American. Haunting and impactful and if you are a good person you will likely be in tears about what has been done in the past and what is being done today in our name (speaking as an American). I hope this becomes not just a bestseller this summer but a book that for years and decades to come is ready across America as a witness to our collective past....
  • Margaret
    Excellent, must-read graphic memoir, about a part of history that has clearly not been taught enough.
  • Jeanne
    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 ObamaGeorge Takei was five when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. In They Called Us Enemy Takai described his family's internment in concentration camps for four years: his parents' ...
  • Snow
    There are some things that occur in this world that leave the world utterly speechless, and the Japanese-American internment camps are one of those horrors.Something about America that has always bothered me is how brushed aside the disgusting act of the government, OUR government, in detaining an entire race of people is. I remember being in school, wanting to know more about what happened in these camps, wanting to know why it happened other th...
  • Aletha
    Any review I attempt to write for this book cannot do it justice - but I'll try my best. This story is beautiful, moving, and heart breaking. It's worth the read. More people should be aware of how our government managed to falsely and forcefully imprison Japanese people on the basis of racism. I'm disturbed about how I was never taught about this in my history classes. My family has taken many family trips up the 395, driving within distance of ...
  • Jake
    This has been getting a lot of buzz, and as a graphic novel fan, I couldn't wait to give it a read. "They Called Us Enemy," fits in a similar vein to the very popular series March, both in approach and tone. Takei and Co manage to approach a difficult subject material, without pulling punches, but also making it approachable for a younger audience. While anyone should get something out from the story, I think the story really shines in its abilit...
  • Kristina
    “As with many traumatic experiences, they were anguished by their memories and haunted by shame for something that wasn’t their fault. Shame is a cruel thing. It should rest on the perpetrators ... but they don’t carry it the way victims do.” George Takei tells us his personal story in the early 1940’s when he and his family were forcibly removed from their homes following the aftermath of Pearl Harbor. At this time, FDR issued executiv...
  • Robert Greenberger
    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 some detail about his time in a Japanese internment camp.That said, I find this graphic novel revelatory because it shows how things were through a six-year old's ...
  • Ben Truong
    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" after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and were forced to relocate to camps when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066.Takei, who was five years ...
  • Stewart Tame
    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 resulted in the internment of Japanese American citizens in camps throughout the country.Takei tells of his life growing up in the camps, as well as giving the historical...
  • Cyndi Hackett
    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, particularly working with 6th graders when they read about Executive Order 9066 and several other stories around this topic. So I am grateful that George Takei has ...