"A splendid achievement, a bold and refreshing new approach to our national history. The research is meticulous, the writing powerful and eloquent, with what can only be called an epic sweep across time and cultures." —Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States
"Takaki's book is nothing less than an attempt to view all of American history from a multicultural perspective. It is a laudable effort — humane, well-informed, accessible, and often inclusive. It is clearly not intended to divide Americans but rather to teach them to value the nation's inescapable diversity." —New York Times Book Review
"One closes the book with a deepened sense of the centrality of ethnicity in the American past." —Washington Post
"An excellent place to start in understanding how this uniquely diverse country came to be and where it is headed." —Christian Science Monitory
"A groundbreaker...It's fascinating to watch Takaki weave these multifaceted strands into a single narrative text." —San Francisco Chronicle
"While Takaki's subtitle is 'a history of multicultural America,' his book is also a manifesto for the future." —New York Review of Books
"A Different Mirror advances a truly humane sense of American possibility." —Henry Louis Gates, Jr.