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History Unveiled: Most Honorable Son

History Unveiled: Most Honorable Son

Hear the story of one of World War II's greatest heroes.

Don’t miss out on our exclusive summer program showcasing the best books and authors on Nebraska history!

On July 23rd, we welcome Pulitzer Prize Finalist Gregg Jones to discuss his new book, Most Honorable Son: A Forgotten Hero’s Fight against Fascism and Hate During World War II. The book brings the life and experiences of Ben Kuroki, a 24-year-old Japanese American from Nebraska, in a timely biography with historical significance that speaks to modern issues of racism and prejudice. Most Honorable Son is the first and only comprehensive biography of this forgotten Japanese war hero.

Most Honorable Son will be available to the public on July 24, but we will be the only location with advanced copies in our gift shop for sale. The author will also be available for book signings following the presentation.


Event registration is $10, and History Nebraska members save 25%. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and the presentation begins at 5 p.m. Click here to pre-register to reserve your seat.


“In Most Honorable Son, journalist-turned-historian Gregg Jones introduces readers to one of the most courageous airmen of World War II. A Japanese American gunner, Ben Kuroki not only flew a staggering fifty-eight combat missions over three continents in World War II, but also battled the racism and resentment so common on the home front at that time.” – James M. Scott, Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of Black Snow and Rampage.

About the Author

A long-time foreign correspondent and investigative journalist, Pulitzer Prize finalist Gregg Jones has covered civil wars and insurgencies in Asia and Latin America, the fall of Asia’s two longest-ruling 20th-century dictators, and the early months of the U.S. war in Afghanistan. He is the author of the acclaimed nonfiction books Honor in the Dust: Theodore Roosevelt, War in the Philippines, and the Rise and Fall of America’s Imperial Dream, and Last Stand at Khe Sanh: The U.S. Marines’ Finest Hour in Vietnam, which received the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s General Wallace M. Greene Jr. Award for distinguished nonfiction. Visit him at https://greggjonesbooks.com.

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