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Samurai! (Specially Illustrated Edition) (original 1957; edition 1978)

by Saburō Sakai, Martin Caidin (Author), Fred Saito (Author), Keith Ferris (Cover artist)

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Title:Samurai! (Specially Illustrated Edition)
Authors:Saburō Sakai
Other authors:Martin Caidin (Author), Fred Saito (Author), Keith Ferris (Cover artist)
Info:A Bantam War Book (May 1978), paperback, 315 pages.
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:autobiography, aviation, military, own, paperback, read, ww2, ww2-pacific

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I've seen so little about the war from the Japanese viewpoint that this book is invaluable to me. It really sheets home how much the Japanese military culture differed from that in the west. Sakai comes across as a quite likeable guy he has many of the same hopes and fears as his equivalents on the Allied side, but his unthinking adherence to the Japanese military code, his absolute willingness to die for his Emperor and his indifference to the suffering his country has wrought on the world with its aggressive militarism is chillingly apparent. I understand the Japanese military mentality much more after reading this book, but I am no closer to understanding how apparently ordinary men could carry out the atrocities which the Japanese inflicted during WWII. That aside its a great read for war buffs and aviation junkies. ( )
  drmaf | Aug 26, 2013 |
A couple of months ago a friend loaned me a magazine with an article about modern fighter pilots compared to WWII pilots. In it was a reference to a book called, SAMURAI! by Saburo Sakai about the experiences of one of the very few surviving Japanese fighter aces of WW2. Curiosity got to me and (by luck) I found an original edition in a local bookstore (Powell's City of Books). A fascinating read. Don't usually read war aviation books, but this one was very good. From the perspective of the Japanese, I thought it was akin to I-Boat Captain by Zenji Orita (the submarine counterpart to SAMURAI!). If you are follower of the Pacific War, both books are worthy reads. They provide a different perspective from the usual. I recently shared SAMURAI! with one of my friends and he also enjoyed it. It was not hard reading so for its ease of reading and unique subject matter along with excellent content, I gave it 5 stars. ( )
  usma83 | Jun 23, 2009 |
a great read for those who love world war 2 air combat ( )
  JayTheMagnificent | Aug 20, 2008 |
Good thoughts at the time of the first reading. To be read again in light of later books from the Japanese side. ( )
  jamespurcell | Mar 25, 2008 |
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Saburo Sakai je bio poslednji od posebne vrste - istinski samuraj, profesionalni ratnik posvećen plemenitoj veštini smrtonosnog umeća vazdušnih borbi. Ovo je priča o njemu, iz prve ruke, potpuni bilans njegovih više od 200 borbenih misija i bezbroj neustrašivih podviga.
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Saburo Sakaiprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Caidin, Martinmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Saito, Fredmain authorall editionsconfirmed
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all those fighter pilots
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On the southernmost main island of Kyushu, the small city of Saga lies midway between two major centers which in recent years have become well known to thousands of Americans.
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