Fist From the Sky: Japan's Dive-Bomber Ace of World War II

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Fascinating look from the Japanese side at Pearl Harbor and the Battle of Midway Fully authorized account including contemporary interviews with those that flew with Lt. Cdr. Egusa

Lieutenant Commander Takashige Egusa was one of the Imperial Japanese Navy's most skillful and influential dive-bomber pilots. He led an attack force against Pearl Harbor, calmly circling his special flame-red Aichi dive bomber before selecting his target. Assaults on the deadly gun batteries of Wake ...

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Overview

Fascinating look from the Japanese side at Pearl Harbor and the Battle of Midway Fully authorized account including contemporary interviews with those that flew with Lt. Cdr. Egusa

Lieutenant Commander Takashige Egusa was one of the Imperial Japanese Navy's most skillful and influential dive-bomber pilots. He led an attack force against Pearl Harbor, calmly circling his special flame-red Aichi dive bomber before selecting his target. Assaults on the deadly gun batteries of Wake Island followed, as well as air support for the invasion of Ambon. Badly burned at Midway, Egusa returned to duty, only to be killed on his final mission. As one Japanese officer said, "He was the 'God of Dive-Bombing.'" Fully placed in historical context and backed by a wealth of detail from archives, family records, photographs, and memories of contemporaries, the full story of Egusa's bravery, leadership qualities, and illustrious career comes to life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811733304
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books
  • Publication date: 9/27/2006
  • Series: Stackpole Military History Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,125,072
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter C. Smith is a well-known authority on the history of dive-bombing and is the author of over sixty naval history books that are published on four continents. He currently lives with his wife and two Labradors in Bedfordshire, England.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2007

    The Poorly Written Story of a Very Brave Man

    As the story of a Japanese officer who did much to shape the early events of World War II, this book does manage to fill a gap in the English language scholarship about the Pacific war. If nothing else, the author's unnecessary attempts to dismiss and defend Imperial Japanese military atrocities in China goes a long way towards explaining the tension that still exists between those two countries. Ironically, it also detracts from the story as well, since the book¿s subject was by all accounts a decent man who was never involved or implicated in anything of the sort. Unfortunately, this book is poorly written. Run-on sentences and passive voice abound in a text liberally sprinkled with unnecessary commas. Declarative sentences end with inexplicable question marks seemingly dropped from outer space. Paragraphs are badly organized with multiple redundant sentences and the overly verbose photo captions are largely cut and pasted directly from the text. Even basic rules of grammar--like subject-verb agreement--are cheerfully ignored and there are several obvious spelling errors caused by correctly spelled words used in inappropriate contexts. Surprisingly, even the names and nomenclature the various ships and aircraft are not immune to this sort of sloppiness, making it sometimes difficult for the reader to decipher just who did what with what and when. If ever there was a book that desperately needed the services of a good copy editor it's this one. The overall effect reminds me of the first draft of a high school term paper. Still, if you are willing to wade through awful prose this book does tell a story that hitherto hasn¿t been available to western readers. It¿s the story of man who did much to shape history in the mid twentieth century, from the forces that molded him to the family he left behind. Takashige Egusa deserves a better effort than this.

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