Grant Ujifusa

Finalist, National Book Awards 1973

Grant Ujifusa was born January 4, 1942, in Worland, Wyoming. He graduated from Harvard in 1965, and earned an ABT from Brown in 1969.  He then worked as a book editor for Houghton Mifflin, Random House, and Macmillan. 
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Grant Ujifusa

Grant Ujifusa was born January 4, 1942, in Worland, Wyoming. He graduated from Harvard in 1965, and earned an ABT from Brown in 1969.  He then worked as a book editor for Houghton Mifflin, Random House, and Macmillan.  In 1982, he became the volunteer Strategy Chair of the Japanese American Citizens League’s effort to win an apology and monetary reparations from the federal government for its incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.  The effort was a success when President Ronald Reagan signed HR 442 on August 10, 1988.  In 2012, he was knighted by the Government of Japan for reversing Ronald Reagan’s longstanding opposition to HR 442.  Grant was also made an honorary member of K Company of the all-Nisei 442nd Regimental Combat Team.  He served on the Board of the Japanese American National Memorial Foundation as well as the Board of Governors of the Japanese American National Museum.  He was the founding editor and the longtime co-author of The Almanac of American Politics, published every two years since 1972, when it was nominated for the National Book Award.  Grant is married to Amy Brooks, a graduate of the Julliard School of Music and Sarah Lawrence College.  They have biological sons:  Steven, Harvard ’01; Andrew, Harvard ’04; and an adopted son John, a graduate of Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, New York, where Grant and Amy live.

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