Lenni Reviews: “Tokyo Rose – Zero Hour: A Japanese American Woman’s Persecution and Ultimate Redemption after World War II” by Andre R. Frattino, Kate Kasenow & Janice Chiang


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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

While visiting family in Tokyo, Iva Torgui ends up trapped there after the attack on Pearl Harbor. She is branded a Nisei – a Japanese person raised in America – and considered a possible traitor by the government. When she gets the chance to be on a propaganda show called “Zero Hour” she mixes her message, inspiring American troops instead of demoralizing them; only to end up on trial as a traitor to the US when the war is over.

Like a lot of historical graphic novels, this is a good primer for deeper research. I like the art; it’s perfect for a period piece, and the story is told pretty well but it would have been cooler to see exactly how the broadcasts undermined the propaganda. It just says it does in the text and I didn’t really get a real sense of how that was happening. Otherwise, Torgui’s story is an important one to tell. 3.9 out of 5.

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