President Roosevelt's decision to exclude all Japanese Americans from the West Coast and incarcerate them without trial still has supporters, decades after the congressional Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians declared the camps unnecessary and unjust. To advance understanding of Roosevelt's actions, we are pleased to welcome Greg Robinson, assistant professor of history at the University of Quebec, author of By Order of the President: FDR and the Internment of Japanese Americans (Harvard University Press, 2001). Publishers Weekly calls his book a "lucid, comprehensive and balanced examination" of Roosevelt's decision and the influences upon him: "Conscientious arguments and meticulous documentation movingly clarify a little-understood failure of American democracy."
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