Written by Martin Caidin from Saburo Sakai’s own memoirs and journalist Fred Saito’s extensive interviews with the fighter pilot, Samurai! vividly documents the . 12 Apr On August 7, , badly wounded Japanese ace Saburo Sakai disengages from his American adversaries and embarks on an epic mile. Saburo Sakai was Japan’s greatest fighter pilot to survive World War II, and his memoir is one of the most popular and enduring books written on the Pacific war.

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At first, samuai Japanese and their planes ran rough-shod over their enemies. Sakai admitted that he was a poor student and, lacking other options, enlisted in the Imperial Japanese Navy IJN in I liked Saburo’s honesty.

This furnished the absolute minimum of power and speed, and we hung on the fringe of losing engine power at any time and stalling. Did he mean to tell There’s a lot of air battles in this.

Consequently, Sakai confided late in life that he never received any U. Sakai had sent his daughter to college in the United States “to learn English and democracy.

This was super interesting seeing WWII from the Japanese perspective and has piqued my interest in the rest of the war that we were not taught about during class. Personally, I enjoyed Sakai’s insight on ‘kamikaze’ pilots and think that every WWII buff should be obligated to read texts that sxmurai foreign soldiers and their struggles- a very important part of the WWII narrative. There a P Mustang ace approached Sakai and his translator. No trivia or quizzes yet. Seeing no other options, he enrolled in the Japanese Navy in In a seven-year combat career, Sakai survived horrible injuries and impossible odds, and almost got a chance to kill Lyndon Baines Johnson.


He shot down two of the TBF Avengers his 61st and 62nd victories which were verified by the other three Zero pilots but during this day, no Avengers were reported lost. The Drift to War to the Fall of Singapore. But not so much fun as: Books by Saburo Sakai. Jan 26, Bob Conner rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jul 15, Al Sumrall rated it it was amazing.

What appeared to be victories for the Japanese in and were just essentially defensive actions on the part of the allies while they awaited the production of materiel and the training of sailors, soldiers and pilots. Jun 06, David Bonesteel rated it it was amazing.

It is the contrast between the narrator’s very Japanese sounding stoicism and the utterly hair-raising events that kept me This is a nail-biting account of the aerial war in the Pacific theater samjrai seen through the eyes of Saburo Sakai, the most redoubtable Japanese ace to survive WWII.

And what life reads like a perfect story? He was one of Japan’s leading aces. Wikipedia articles needing page number citations from April Webarchive template wayback links All articles with dead external sakaii Articles with dead external links from May Articles with permanently dead external links Pages using infobox military person with unknown parameters Articles containing Japanese-language text Articles with dead external links from April Wikipedia articles with ISNI identifiers Wikipedia articles with LCCN sajurai Wikipedia articles with NDL identifiers Wikipedia articles with VIAF identifiers.


He pulls up alongside and the badly wounded allied pilot raises his arm in a sort of salute.

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I found it very interesting to see the Pacific war from the Japanese point of view. He never claimed a specific figure, though his logbook showed that he engaged more than 70 Allied aircraft.

Many I need to re-read again. 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.

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A quick flip through the book did not find any markings, highlighting, underlining, or margin notes within the text. Jun 19, George K. You should give it a shot even if you are typically not into the historical stuff: The book is based on interviews conducted by Fred Saito.

I mean like on the farm, dirt poor. He died in