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 wonderful declare that MPs could have carried out their very own males through the profession of Japan after global conflict II

[Our captain] counseled us for being sturdy infantrymen and doing our activity good and having not less than difficulties. Then he dropped a bomb. He acknowledged the criminal was once getting overcrowded, extraordinarily overcrowded.

As a toddler 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 turned 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 aim to find the truth.

In Black Glasses Like Clark Kent, winner of the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize, Svoboda bargains a remarkable and punctiliously wrought own account of a regularly painful look for details. She intersperses excerpts of her uncle's recordings and letters to his spouse together with her personal examine, and indicates how the vagaries of army justice can let the worst to occur after which be buried via time and protocol

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