Samurai! ebook

by Saburo Sakai

I finally met and came to know Saburo Sakai, and he was one of the most entertaining interviews I ever conducted and published.

I finally met and came to know Saburo Sakai, and he was one of the most entertaining interviews I ever conducted and published. This book is 100% true, no embellishment, and if you want to see the mind of a young man who became a national hero, in a war he hated, read this book.

На фотографии пятеро лучших японских летчиков-асов на авиабазе в Лаэ. Во втором ряду слева направо: Такацука, Сасаи и Сабуро Сакаи. В первом ряду слева направо: Ота и Нисидзава. В годы Второй мировой войны Сабуро Сакаи стал живой легендой Японии. Репутация Сакаи среди японских пилотов истребителей.

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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 a new perspective on the air war and on the Japanese pilots who, until then, had been perceived in the United States as mere caricatures.

Samurai! is a 1957 autobiographical book by Saburo Sakai co-written with Fred Saito and Martin Caidin. It describes the life and career of Saburo Sakai, the Japanese combat aviator who fought against American fighter pilots in the pacific theater of World War II, surviving the war with 64 kills as one of Japan's leading flying aces. Caidin wrote the prose of the book, basing its contents on journalist Fred Saito's extensive interviews with Sakai as well as on Sakai's own memoirs.

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Written by Martin Caidin from Saburo Sakai's own memoirs and journalist Fred Saito's extensive interviews with the World War II fighter pilot, Samurai! vividly documents the chivalry and valor of the combat aviator who time after time fought American fighter pilots and, with 64 kills, would survive the war as Japan's greatest living ace. Here are the harrowing experiences of one of Japan's greatest aces: from fighter pilot school — where the harsh training expelled over half of his class — to the thrilling early Japanese victories; from his incredible six hundred mile fight for life from Guadalcanal to his base in Rabaul, to the poignant story of the now-handicapped veteran's return to the air during the final desperate months of World War II.
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.
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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.
Samurai! ebook
Saburo Sakai
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Ibooks, Inc.; First Trade edition (February 1, 2001)
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