Virtual Event: Daniel James Brown

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In conversation with Tom Ikeda, Executive Director of Denshō 
In partnership with World Affairs Council
Promotional Partner: 
Japan-America Society Dallas Fort Worth
Recording available through June 8
Daniel James Brown, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Boys in the Boat, once again reveals himself to be a master of narrative nonfiction with his latest historical page-turner. Facing the Mountain: A True Story of Japanese American Heroes in WWII  is a heartbreaking and illuminating account of four Japanese American families whose sons volunteered for the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, deploying to the frontlines of Europe while their immigrant parents were forced to shutter businesses, surrender their homes, and submit to life in concentration camps on US soil.  

Whether fighting on battlefields or in courtrooms, these were Americans under unprecedented strain, doing what Americans do best—striving, resisting, laying down their lives, and enduring. Based on Brown's extensive interviews with the families of the protagonists, as well as on deep archival research, Facing the Mountain is a gripping World War II saga of patriotism and courage during one of the darkest moments in American history. Author Timothy Egan praises the book saying, “I’ll never look at the World War II story in the same light.”  

Daniel James Brown is also the author of The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of the Donner Party and Under a Flaming Sky: The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894. 

“Riveting. . . . [A] book that is as much about the present as it is about the past. In it are vital lessons about courage, truth, justice, and an abiding love of country. Drawing on impeccable historic research, the narrative movingly shines the light of history on prejudice and discrimination and the unfinished struggle for a more just future.” 

—Ann Burroughs, President & CEO,  Japanese American National Museum 


All price codes include a copy of Facing the Mountain and a signed bookplate shipped directly to your home for our domestic patrons. If you are interested in having your book and signed bookplate shipped internationally, please contact Jennifer Krogsdale at for shipping quotes. This title will be released on May 11, which is the soonest it can begin shipping.

Virtual ticket
Public: $44
DMA Member/WAC Member/Veteran/Educator/Student: $42