Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans during World War II– A Review

Posted July 17, 2017 by Aleya in aleya, College Assignment, Reviews / 0 Comments

Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans during World War II– A ReviewImprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans during World War II by Martin W. Sandler
Published by Walker Children's on May 21, 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Nonfiction, Wartime
Pages: 176
Format: Print, Hardcover
Source: Borrowed

During World War II the Nazis were not the only ones with camps for certain types of people. After Pearl Harbor America opened up Internment camps for Japanese Americans due to mass fear. This book gives quotes, pictures, and so much more to show how wronged Japanese Americans were. It shows what it was like in these internment camps and relocation camps during the war. It also brings to light current issues in order to demonstrate the need to prevent another fear induced seclusion of Americans.

Awards: YALSA Award Nominee for Excellence in Nonfiction (2014)

My Thoughts

This was a highly informative book to read and provided a lot of information to a time that many do not know about. The use of photographs, charts, and other visual aids made this a highly strong book for information. The author also used many quotations which were also strong points of the book. They helped to convey the true depth of the betrayal. Japanese Americans are given a voice in this book. Readers are able to truly grasp the extent in which fear pushed Americans.

While this book provided a lot of great information, images, etc., the layout of the book itself was distracting. Paragraphs and sentences are cut off by two page spreads of information on alternate topics. This made reading the book a little distracting. In order for readers to get all of the information, it would be best if they skip the alternate information that cuts off the regular chapter. It would also be smart to skip reading about the images until after finishing the book or the chapter.

Overall, the information within this book provided a great look into the strife of Japanese Americans in WWII. The book could benefit from a restructuring in order to make sure the information flows well. This is an important book to read because readers can see how the past is trying to come back in current times. Japanese Americans are given a voice in order to show people what fear and a misuse of power has the ability to do.


One activity readers can do with this book is create a map of an internment camp. They can use the book and do some research on one of the camps in order to map it out to visualize how many people were crammed into these camps. This is a great way to further show the horror of what Japanese Americans faced during the years they were imprisoned.

Readers should also be encouraged to explore the resources and websites listed at the end of the book.

Related Resources

Executive Order 9066 was the order from President Franklin D. Roosevelt to relocate Japanese Americans. This document is mentioned many times within the book and as such is a great resource to understanding what triggered the move of Japanese Americans.

Transcript of Executive Order 9066: Resulting in the Relocation of Japanese (1942). (n.d.). Retrieved July 16, 2017, from

At the end of the book the author talks about the hysteria with Muslim Americans after 9-11. Japanese Americans were the first ones to truly step up to ensure that this group of people were not treated like they were in the 1940s. This article is a current look at how Japanese Americans have stepped up for Muslim Americans and why they care so much.

Rahim, H. Z. (2017, March 27). Japanese-Americans Speak Up for Muslim-Americans. Retrieved July 16, 2017, from

Published Review

Kirkus Reviews (2013, May 22). IMPRISONED by Martin W. Sandler. Retrieved July 16, 2017, from

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