Black Glasses Like Clark Kent: A GI's Secret from Postwar Japan

Black Glasses Like Clark Kent: A GI's Secret from Postwar Japan

Terese Svoboda


After her Uncle's suicide, Terese Svoboda investigates his beautiful declare that MPs could have finished their very own males in the course of the career of Japan after global conflict II

[Our captain] recommended us for being stable infantrymen and doing our task good and having at least difficulties. Then he dropped a bomb. He acknowledged the felony was once getting overcrowded, extraordinarily overcrowded.

As a baby Terese Svoboda considered her uncle as Superman, with "Black Clark Kent glasses, grapefruit-sized biceps." At 80, he may possibly nonetheless boast a washboard abdominal, yet in March 2004, he grew to become heavily depressed. Svoboda investigates his terrifying tale of what occurred in the course of his time as an MP, interviewing dozens of aged ex-GIs and vacationing Japan to attempt to find the truth.

In Black Glasses Like Clark Kent, winner of the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize, Svoboda deals a notable and punctiliously wrought own account of a regularly painful look for info. She intersperses excerpts of her uncle's recordings and letters to his spouse along with her personal examine, and exhibits how the vagaries of army justice can enable the worst to occur after which be buried by means of time and protocol

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