"The Fukuhara Family Caught Between Two Sides," Discover Nikkei

"Using Harry Fukuhara’s immediate postwar visit to his family’s home site in Hiroshima permits Sakamoto to offer a rare personal account of not only the context of that city’s controversial atomic bombing by the U.S. military, but also the consequences suffered by its tragically downsized population of survivors. Having only recently listened to the 2014 audiobook of Dr. Michihiko Hachiya’s classic 1955 work, Hiroshima Diary: The Journal of a Japanese Physician, August 6–September 30, 1945, I found myself humbled by being privy to a pair of such complementary, compelling, and compassionate narratives on so pivotal (and horrendous) a moment in modern world history." 
Review by Arthur A. Hansen

Review, "The Fukuhara family caught between two sides," Nichi Bei: A Mixed Plate of Japanese American News & Culture

"Although the novelistic elements of Sakamoto’s book — graceful prose, solid plot line, dexterous character development, and philosophical heft — enthralled me, what also drew me powerfully into “Midnight in Broad Daylight” was its transpacific subject matter and the resourceful and consequential way in which Sakamoto has exploited it."

Review, "The Patriots: A historian follows one Japanese-American family from Depression-era Seattle to the internment camps, to Hiroshima," Amherst Magazine

"That Sakamoto is able to tell such a long and multifaceted story with readable omnipresence is a remarkable achievement, and is clearly the product of many years of research and interviews. But more than just an engrossing tale of a family riven by war, this book is a valuable document that captures the lived experience of a group of Americans, patriotic despite the treatment they received from their government, who deserve as thorough a chronicle as our historians can offer." 

Review, "The unbelievable true story of a Japanese family that went to war with itself," Japan Times

"A factual story of disrupted lives during wartime, it raises deep, timeless questions about loyalty to one's country and family....with a novelist's sense of pacing and pulsing, at times lyrical, language, Rotner Sakamoto weaves a seamless mosaic of historical research and personal accounts....Throughout the book, the narrative is impartial yet deeply moving, a genuine empathy marking both the Fukuharas and the author....Most people agree that truth is stranger than fiction. But this astonishing history, a milestone in cultural studies, shows that life can be more complex than common notions of national allegiance."