Sharing a Desert Home: Life on the Colorado River Indian Reservation, by Ruth Y. Okimoto. Heyday Books (2001) ASIN: B0006RV18M. Ruth Okimoto, PhD, former Poston 3 internee, received a grant from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program (C.C.L.P.E.P.) and with her research, uncovered documents at the U. S. National Archives on the formation of the “Colorado River Relocation Center” as it was called by the U.S. government, and the relationship between the Office of Indian Affairs and the War Relocation Authority (W.R.A.). This manuscript initiated the beginnings for the development of the award-winning documentary film, “Passing Poston”. A MUST READ! Available from Poston Community Alliance. For more information, email:

Imprisoned in the Desert: The Geography of World War II-Era, Japanese American Relocation Centers in the Western United States, by Dr. Karl Lillquist. See “Chapter 9. Poston”. Detailed information of numerous facts and statistics. Excellent resource and includes maps. Available for free download at:

Confinement and Ethnicity: An Overview of World War II Japanese American Relocation Sites, by Jeffery F. Burton, Mary M. Farrell, Florence B. Lord, and Richard W. Lord. University of Washington Press; 1st edition (Aug. 2002) # ISBN-10: 0295981563 # ISBN-13: 978-0295981567. See chapter on “Poston”. Available on-line at:
The Governing of Men: General Principles & Recommendation Based on Experience at a Japanese Relocation Camp, by Alexander H. Leighton. Princeton University Press, 1945. Lt. Commander Alexander Leighton, anthropologist, was head of the War Relocation Authority’s Sociological Research Bureau at the Poston, Arizona concentration camp. This book was one of the first monographs published on the Japanese American wartime experience and describes the attempts at community planning in Poston and human behavior studies during the Poston strike.

Inside An American Concentration Camp: Japanese American Resistance at Poston, Arizona. by Richard S. Nishimoto, edited by Lane Ryo Hirabayashi. University of Arizona Press (Aug.1995) ISBN-10:0816514208, ISBN-13:978-081651420. This is a written account by a former Poston, Arizona concentration camp internee, selected to participate in working “undercover” as a staff member of the Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study. At times, it appeared that he was reporting information for internal intelligence. The study was a University of California, Berkeley-sponsored, systematic attempt to document life inside the concentration camp.