Upon its first publication, "A Different Mirror" was hailed by critics and academics everywhere as a dramatic new retelling of our nation's past. Now, Takaki has revised his landmark work that grapples with the raw truth of American history and examines the ultimate question of what it means to be an American.Upon its first publication, "A Different Mirror" was hailed by critics and academics everywhere as a dramatic new retelling of our nation's past. Now, Takaki has revised his landmark work that grapples with the raw truth of American history and examines the ultimate question of what it means to be an American.Read Less
Fantastic book for anyone who wants to learn about the people who came to this country and made it what it is today. The book is very thorough in that it has a section explaining the arrival, conditions, hardships and accomplishments of Blacks, Chinese, Mexicans, Native Americans, Europeans, Asian Indians and more. One of the few books I have actually read cover to cover.
Aug 18, 2007
Our Nation's History through different eyes
This book was on the required list for my American History class in college. For the first time in my life I felt like I was actually reading a "text" that was interesting, and whose structure flowed like a novel. Ronald Takaki takes a huge leap as he describes our nation's history through a different set of eyes. He describes what it would have felt like to live in America as it was a fledgling country, trying to find its feet, through the eyes of Native Americans, Black, Asians, and Jews. He truly shows you that our history was not all beautiful, and that our country's growing pains were caused by our lack of accepting those neighbors that lived within our borders. Takaki takes a straightforward look at the future of our country, with frank and honest comments, without fear of sounding politcally correct. In the end, he simply writes the truth about what our country was like, to a point where any reader will feel refreshed by his explanations, and will feel as though they are hearing the truth about our country's past for the first time.
Publishers Weekly, 1993-04-19 In a vibrantly rich, moving multicultural tapestry, Takaki ( Strangers from a Different Shore ) provides a fresh slant on American society by tracing the interwoven histories of Native Americans, Africans, Chinese, Japanese, Chicanos, Irish and Jewish immigrants. We see how 17th-century white planters, anxious to weaken an armed, politicized, white proletariat, enslaved an unarmed black workforce, with explosive consequences. We follow Chicano struggles as an integral part of America's westward expansion and learn how Jewish-black solidarity extends back to John Brown's uprising in 1856 against slavery in Kansas, an insurrection in which Jews participated. We see how oppression of the Irish (the first people the English called ``savages'') foreshadowed the subjugation of Native Americans. Interweaving voices from all points on the ethnic rainbow, Takaki, ethnic studies professor at UC Berkeley, has produced a brilliant revisionist history of America that is likely to become a classic of multicultural studies. Photos. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1994-04-25 This vibrant ethnographic history of America was on PW 's ``best books of 1993'' list. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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