• The Eagles of Heart Mountain

  • A True Story of Football, Incarceration, and Resistance in World War II America
  • By: Bradford Pearson
  • Narrated by: Feodor Chin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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 summer of 1942, the United States government forced 120,000 Japanese Americans from their homes in California, Oregon, Washington, and Arizona and sent them to internment 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. They grew Chinese cabbage and daikon radishes - yet there was little hope.

That is, until the fall of 1943, when the camp’s high school football team, the Eagles, started its first season and finished it undefeated, crushing the competition from nearby, predominantly white high schools. Amid all this excitement, American politics continued to disrupt their lives as the federal government drafted men from the camps for the front lines - including some of the Eagles. The young men faced a choice to either join the Army or resist the draft. Teammates were divided, and some were jailed for their decisions.

The Eagles of Heart Mountain honors the resilience of extraordinary heroes and the power of sports in a sweeping and inspirational portrait of one of the darkest moments in American history. 

©2021 Bradford Pearson. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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How did I not know this story before?!?!

This is a powerful story and an amazing lesson in how easily bigotry and racism in private citizens can drive awful government policies. It’s also an unbelievable story of perseverance and the power of football. I’ve been a football coach since 1995, including a number of years in CT. That I haven’t heard this story before is a tragedy for me. I’m so glad that my friend recommended it to me.

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A lesson of history and endurance

This should be required reading in US history classes…treatment of Asians, both immigrants and those born here, is appalling. Read, listen, and learn.

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unknown story

a story I never heard. a nation I didn't know we were. sadness Wishing it wouldn't happen again but

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My father's war.

My parents and families were imprisoned at Heart Mtn. They were removed from central Washington and would not speak of the war. this is very interesting for me. Enlightening.

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terrible

good concept/true story. terribly executed. as written, will only be enjoyed by those on the football teams which get mentioned

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open you mind

loved it, for a nissi born in 1943 at Tule Lake. this book was inlighting