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    Samurai! (Classics of Naval Literature) (Hardback) By (author) Saburo Sakai

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    DescriptionSaburo Sakai is Japan's greatest fighter pilot to survive World War II, and his powerful memoir has proven to be one of the most popular and enduring books ever written on the Pacific war. First published in English in 1957, it gave Americans new perspectives on the air war and on the Japanese pilots who, until then, had been perceived in the United States as mere caricatures. Today, the books remains a valuable eyewitness account of some of the most famous battles in history and a moving, personal story of a courageous naval aviator.A living legend, Sakai engaged in more than two hundred dogfights, from the Philippines to Iwo Jima, and was the only Japanese ace never to lose a wingman in combat. By way's end he reportedly had shot down sixty-four Allied planes. Although this number cannot be confirmed, Sakai's exploits in the air were extraordinary by any standards. His most renowned accomplishment, an epic of aviation survival, occurred after action over Guadalcanal in August 1942. Partially paralyzed and nearly blind from multiple wounds, he managed to fly 560 miles to Rabaul and safely land his crippled Zero.Here, Sakai offers a full account of his experiences, modestly recalling his rise from an impoverished childhood to feats of mythic proportions. And because he shares his innermost thoughts with his readers, the book not only provides rare insights into the Samurai character but also describes with complete honestly the human emotions common to warriors of all causes.Barrett Tillman's introduction to this new Naval Institute Press Classics of Naval Literature edition put the memoir in historical context for today's readers.Saburo Sakai was born into an impoverished Samurai family in 1916. Faced with the prospects of a desolate rural life, he enlisted in the Imperial Japanese Navy at sixteen. By 1937 he had graduated at the top of this his enlisted pilot-training class, and he quickly saw combat in China. By the end of World War II he had logged 3,700 flight hours, including some 1,500 hours in the Zero.


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    Title
    Samurai!
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Saburo Sakai
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 558 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781591147558
    ISBN 10: 1591147557
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: HBG, BGH, HBWQ
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJH
    BIC subject category V2: JWLF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2A
    BIC subject category V2: BGHA, BM
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 170
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 43
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HBW
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027140
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1940
    Abridged Dewey: 355
    LC classification: U
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17470
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027100
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 69
    Ingram Theme: CULT/JAPANS
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 46
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS021000
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJH
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027000, BIO008000
    DC22: 940.544952092
    Thema V1.0: DNC, NHWR7, NHWL, NHF, DNBH1
    Illustrations note
    13 photos
    Publisher
    Naval Institute Press
    Imprint name
    Naval Institute Press
    Publication date
    15 June 2010
    Publication City/Country
    Annopolis