Question of Loyalty, A
Softcover, 440 pp.
A Question of Loyalty celebrates the “no retreat” Japanese Americans who fought the war on two fronts—from the heroics of the famed 100th Battalion on the battlefields of Italy to the bitter struggle against dishonor and humiliation at home. In this blockbuster sequel to his best-selling novel Picture Bride, Mike Malaghan continues the story of Haru Takayama, the proud Japanese immigrant who makes Hawaii her home and raises her children as loyal Americans. But Haru’s world changes forever when Japan attacks Pearl Harbor, her husband is arrested and a son is discharged from his ROTC unit simply for wearing the face of the enemy, and two other children find themselves trapped in Japan.
They were the bravest of the brave—and they overcame so much to prove it. This is the story of the men of the 442nd Regiment, one of the most decorated units of World War II, and the women who loved them. It’s the story of human beings overcoming prejudice, proving themselves under fire and under scrutiny. It’s a story that must be told, and Mike Malaghan tells it superbly, with vividly drawn, deeply human characters; riveting set-piece scenes of battle; and a deep understanding of the place that the Japanese Americans of WWII deserve in the chronicle of our nation.
— William Martin, New York Times best-selling author, Annapolis and Bound for Gold