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CMH Pub 70-99-1. Chronicles the establishment and achievements of U.S. Army Military Intelligence Service, the organization that trained and employed uniformed Japanese American linguists. Tells the story of second-generation Japanese Americans (Nisei) who served as interpreters and translators in World War 2. Describes how the War Department recruited soldiers from an ethnic minority and trained them in a secret school to use the Japanese language.
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- Defense Dept., Army, Center of Military History
- McNaughton, James C.
- 2006: 530 p.; ill.
- NB1319 0-16-072957-2
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- Center of Military Hisotry Publication 70 99 1Japanese Americans in the Military Intelligence Service During World War 2Translating and InterpretingLanguage and LanguagesJapanese LanguageMilitary IntelligenceMilitary HistoryWorld War 2
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- 2.625 lb.
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- 070 288
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Reviews & More About this Product
Read this full book review of Nisei Linguists by by Stephen C. Mercado for the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) Studies in Intelligence Vol. 52, No. 4, "Intelligence in Recent Public Literature" book review section.
Here is an excerpt:
McNaughton’s Nisei Linguists is a wide-ranging work whose 12 chapters cover both the development of the language programs and the growth of the Nisei contribution over the course of the war. The numerous footnotes and long bibliography attest to the years of research devoted to this book...
McNaughton relates not only Nisei triumphs but their hardships and handicaps as well. Many were recruited or conscripted for military service from behind the barbed wire of internment camps where their families remained confined...
This is an excellent history. Moreover, many readers will agree with the chief of military history that the book offers valuable lessons to [those] seeking to understand present foes in the Global War on Terrorism. As one example, McNaughton relates how MISLS taught harsh interrogation techniques at Camp Savage until “reports from the field indicated that compassion and kind treatment tended to work better.” A military that holds true to the legacy of its Nisei linguists by facing its enemies with fluent, literate, and compassionate intelligence officers will likely prevail.