Tom Graves - Twice Heroes
Twice Heroes ($45.00) is a story of true American heroes, portrays a chapter of history known to few countrymen. In the panic following the December 1941, Pearl Harbor attack, Japanese American citizens were prohibited from joining the U.S. armed forces, and along with their families, many faced forced incarceration in bleak internment camps. They took up the fight for their country, for civil liberties, for the freedom of their families and recognition for themselves as full American citizens. Along the way, they became the most decorated military unit in United States history, fought their own civil rights battle and championed Hawaii statehood and acceptance of Asian Americans into our society.
Tom Graves shares the experiences of Japanese American veterans before, during and after World War II. He spent hundreds of hours interviewing scores of veterans around the country and then translated the results into individual stories of the human spirit overcoming obstacles of race, poverty and warfare.
Tom Graves is a San Francisco photographer and writer with over 30 years' professional experience. Born in Princeton, N.J., he was originally in business there and in New York City, before moving to San Francisco in 1991. He studied portraiture with Philippe Halsman and taught for seven years at Parsons School of Design/The New School (now New School University) in New York. He works for clients including AT&T, Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Cisco Systems, IBM, Merrill Lynch, The New York Times, People, and Time. Photography has taken him to five continents and to all 50 states.
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