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This book documents the chivalry and valour of the combat aviator, Saburo Sakai, who fought American fighter pilots and, with 64 kills, would survive World War II as Japan's greatest living ace. This book traces his experiences from fighter-pilot school to the early Japanese victories; from his 600 mile fight for life from Guadalcanal to his base in Rabaul, to the story of the now handicapped veteran's return to the air during the final months of World War II. This book has been written by Martin Caidin from Saburo Sakai's own memoirs and journalist Fred Saito's interviews with the fighter pilot.… (more)
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This book was first published in 1957 and this edition was publlshed in 1991 by the Naval Institute Press, Annapolis. It is an often gripping account telling of the Japanese author joining the Navy, and becoming a pilot. He flesw in China and after Pearl Harbor he was transferred to the south Pacific. He claims to have downed 64 enemy aricraft and he tell of many of the air battles, which unless one is a fighter pilot is not too interesting. But his account of a flight when he was inured and almost blind, traveling 560 miles back to Rabaul, New Guinea, is exciting and attention-holding. Even though he lost the sight of one eye he did flying thereafter. The final months of the war were sad for him but of course I delighted that he was no longer out-dueling American planes. Whether the account if over-hyped I do not know, but the book is exciting and easy to read and the finale is sad for the author--except he does get married--and joyful for one favoring the USA. ( )
  Schmerguls | Mar 16, 2016 |
This book really was amazing. This is the only book I've read that when I finished the book the same day I bought it I went back to the beginning of the book and started over and read it again. This book follows the author from the time he was a boy to when he joined the military, (basic for them was far and away tougher than anything we have for our military!) to going on to become one of Japan's greatest fighter pilots. This story is truly legendary and deserves to be read and remembered. ( )
  Chris_El | Mar 19, 2015 |
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 |
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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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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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