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by Saburo Sakai,Barrett Tillman,Fred Saito,Martin Caidin

Saburo 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.

Download Samurai! (Classics of Naval Literature) epub
ISBN: 1591147557
ISBN13: 978-1591147558
Category: Biographies
Subcategory: Historical
Author: Saburo Sakai,Barrett Tillman,Fred Saito,Martin Caidin
Language: English
Publisher: Naval Institute Press (June 15, 2010)
Pages: 384 pages
ePUB size: 1428 kb
FB2 size: 1766 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 646
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I couldn't put this book down. What a revelation to read the Japanese side of the aerial war in the Pacific. The story is written in the first person by the Japanese Ace, Saburo Sakai. He relates in detail dog fights against American pilots. I read these 'at the edge of your seat' stories with mixed feelings as the Japanese Ace tells how he often out maneuvered my fellow country men and shot them down. He tells of the courage, daring and fearlessness the Americans showed even though they were out numbered and out flown. However, he relates sadly, by 1944, the war had gone full circle and it was the Japanese turn to be out numbered and out gunned. While his culture is different from our's, Saburo Sakai's feelings, goals, thoughts were the same as ours. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in aerial combat, WW2, human nature and the war as the Japanese experienced it.
It's an interesting read that offers a different perspective on the war in the Pacific. Others have covered the actual content of the book very well, so all I can really add is a warning to skip the Kindle version of this book.

It's terrible - rife with formatting errors and typos. About 60% of the way through the book I gave up trying to ignore them and started submitting corrections - and I still managed over 35 submissions in what remained.

There are odd line breaks in the middle of a sentence, in places passages are repeated - up to nearly 2 pages of content at a time. Dates are mangled or nonsensical, numbers especially are prone to being rendered in error. Names occasionally change spelling within a paragraph, etc.

All in all it's obvious to create the Kindle edition a physical copy was simply ripped apart and scanned, subjected to OCR and then published with minimal, if any editorial review or correction. Which is a shame, because it provides a constant distraction from the story being told - much as if you were attempting to watch a movie while a fire alarm went off in the room for 1 second every few minutes.

In summary: It's a great book and well worth the purchase, just do yourself a favor and pick up a physical copy instead. I regret having spent my money on the Kindle version of this one, because I feel like I paid to do the the publisher's editing work for them.
Samurai is a record of a one of the (IJN) Imperial Japanese Navy's top Zero fighter pilots. It allows the reader insight into his life, civilian life in wartime Japan, and the shortages which caused the Japanese to endure shortages which caused major surgery without anesthetics that Americans would have found intolerable. A key point SaKai illuminates is the brutality which the IJN treated their air cadets and in general all enlisted personnel. This explains the brutality shown by the Japanese to their POWs. If nothing else Ensign Saburo Sakai clarifies the connection between the code of the Samurai, Bushido and perspective regarding death. To Sakai a samurai must be prepared to meet death at any time but not to seek it to no gain. Reading this book will for the thoughtful reader open the door to a unique culture and help bring understanding of what for many was an ununderstadable, vicious enemy
This is a review of the Kindle edition, which states that the book was originally published in 1957. I give this book a solid five stars.

First, it is hard to put down. It's just a darn good read. It contains blow by blow descriptions of Sakai's many aerial duels in such a manner that you feel as if you were there. I found Sakai's accounts of his aerial encounters to be straightforward and without embellishment. He gives credit where credit is due, even to the enemy. I had always heard of the Zero's unparalleled aerial performance versus American planes early in the war, but I never understood the 'why' of it very well until I read Sakai's book. If you want to know why the Zero was so deadly, Sakai's book explains it better than any dry historical research.

Sakai's description of the performance abilities of American aircraft, and his discussion of their tactics, is also interesting. Sakai expresses his admiration for the constant aggressive tactics shown by outclassed American aircraft, including bombers, against the Zeros. Most of these stories were never told by the American pilots involved because they did not survive the encounters. Sakai further expresses his admiration for the American "teamwork" tactics used against the Zero. The Japanese pilots, trained in the Samurai tradition, saw themselves as solo aerial warriors (with wingman) to whom a greater teamwork was unknown. The Japanese eventually learned teamwork at the squadron level, but they learned it the hard way, from watching the Americans use it against them.

There is also a human and personal side to Sakai's story that gives the book much more than the simple "I was there" story.

Finally, in the "Foreword" section of the book, Sakai tells of being invited, many years after the war ended, as a guest of honor aboard several American warships, and states "This to me is truly the most impressive fact of all; these same people who, for all I know, came under my guns so long ago, sincerely offered friendship."

This book is eminently readable on its own. I recommend it to anyone, not just WW 2 or aviation fans.
Tyler Is Not Here
This excellent first hand account of Japanese naval aviation is quite extraordinary and a must read. Saburo Sakai is an extraordinary pilot with bravery coursing through his veins. Like me, you will find some of his exploits unbelievable except that they actually did occur. The insights from the Japanese side of the Pacific war are extremely educational. For example, they claim that had the Americans invaded Jima in the summer of 1944 the war would have ended sooner as that island had not been yet turned into a fortress. Just imagine the number of lives that would have been saved. For the world war two scholar and those interested in aviation, Samurai is an outstanding book.