Book Talk | April 19, 2019 | Palo Alto Weekly | Palo Alto Online |

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- April 19, 2019

Book Talk

'ENEMY CHILD' CHRONICLES LOCAL STATESMAN'S LIFE IN INTERNMENT CAMP ... Most people who have traveled in or out of San Jose by plane are probably familiar with the name Norman Y. Mineta International Airport. Now, a new book tells the story of the man behind the airport's name. "Enemy Child" is the first biography of San Jose native Norman Mineta, the American statesman and trailblazer who spent his early years in a Japanese internment camp at Heart Mountain, Montana, during World War II. The book takes readers from the Bay Area to an isolated wartime prison camp and finally to the halls of Congress, where Mineta served 10 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. Mineta is a man of many firsts: the first Asian American mayor of a major city, the first Japanese American from the mainland to be elected to Congress and the first Asian American to serve in a presidential cabinet. He also became the longest-serving U.S. Secretary of Transportation. To coincide with the release of the book on April 30, PBS will premiere the documentary "Norman Mineta and his Legacy: An American Story," on May 20.

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