by Bradford Pearson

The impeccably researched, deeply moving, never-before-told tale about a World War II incarceration camp in Wyoming and its extraordinary high school football team—for fans of The Boys in the Boat and The Storm on Our Shores.

In the spring of 1942, the United States government forced 120,000 Japanese Americans from their homes in California, Oregon, Washington, and Arizona and sent them to incarceration camps across the West. Nearly 14,000 of them landed on the outskirts of Cody, Wyoming, at the base of Heart Mountain.

Behind barbed wire fences, they faced racism, cruelty, and frozen winters. Trying to recreate comforts from home, many established Buddhist temples and sumo wrestling pits. Kabuki performances drew hundreds of spectators—yet there was little hope.

Interview with the Author

New Books Network
Bradford Pearson, “The Eagles of Heart Mountain: A True Story of Football, Incarceration and Resistance in World War II”
3/1/21        46 min

Edge of Sports
Japanese Internment, Football, and A Legendary Team
2/22/21        50 min

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