Item # 151518.
By Andrea Warren.
A biography of Secretary of Transportation and Congressman Norman Mineta that focuses on his childhood when he was placed in the Heart Mountain internment camp during World War II and also touches upon his many accomplishments as an adult.
It's 1941 and ten-year-old Norman Mineta is a carefree fourth grader in San Jose, California, who loves baseball, hot dogs, and Cub Scouts. But when Japanese forces attack Pearl Harbor, Norm's world is turned upside down as, one by one, things that he and his Japanese American family took for granted are taken away. In a matter of months, they, along with everyone else of Japanese ancestry living on the West Coast, are forced by the government to move to internment camps, leaving everything they have known behind.
Norm and his family are sent to Heart Mountain internment camp in Wyoming, where they live in one room in a tar paper barracks with no running water. There are lines for the communal bathroom, lines for the mess hall, and they live behind barbed wire and under the scrutiny of armed guards in watchtowers.
Interweaving meticulous historical research and extensive interviews with Norman Mineta, Andrea Warren takes readers from sunny California to an isolated wartime prison camp and finally to the halls of Congress to tell the true story of a boy who rose from "enemy child" to a distinguished American statesman. Hardbound: 224 pp.