Yamamoto: The Man Who Planned the Attack on Pearl Harbor

Yamamoto: The Man Who Planned the Attack on Pearl Harbor

by Edwin Palmer Hoyt
     
 

Yamamoto is an exhaustively researched and compelling biography of the Japanese Naval genius and war hero Isoroku Yamamoto, "the Architect of the Pacific War." Drawing on a wealth of untapped Japanese sources, noted historian Edwin P. Hoyt demonstrates both his flair for dramatic battle accounts and his penetrating eye for personal and political motivation. He offers… See more details below

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Yamamoto is an exhaustively researched and compelling biography of the Japanese Naval genius and war hero Isoroku Yamamoto, "the Architect of the Pacific War." Drawing on a wealth of untapped Japanese sources, noted historian Edwin P. Hoyt demonstrates both his flair for dramatic battle accounts and his penetrating eye for personal and political motivation. He offers a thorough and engaging portrait of the dauntless Admiral and, from that vantage point, provides a revealing new view of the events of World War II. Though he stood a mere five feet three inches tall, Admiral Yamamoto rose to become one of the towering figures of the twentieth century. This biography details his life from his youth in Nagaoka and his early military successes, to the dynamic leader's orchestration of the infamous sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, his subsequent naval victories, and his eventual assassination by American fighter planes in the Solomon Islands at the order of President Roosevelt himself. (6 x 9, 288 pages, b&w photos, maps)

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KLIATT
Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto will be known forever to Americans for his role in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. In truth, however, planning and orchestrating that raid was only one of the accomplishments for which he will be remembered. A surface-warfare officer during his early career, he encouraged and guided the expansion of the Imperial Japanese Navy in the 1930s; then, becoming a convert to the possibilities of air power, he almost single-handedly imposed the air doctrine on a conservative naval establishment. A year of study in the U.S. convinced him of the nation's immense—if latent—strength, and he earnestly warned his superiors against an unnecessary attack on the American democracy. The army and civil leadership were eager to complete their conquest of China and overruled him, even as he became commander in chief of the Combined Fleet. Several times he predicted that he would run wild during the early stages of a war with the U.S., but that Japan would suffer for it in the end. With great foreboding, he set about planning the attack that would both immortalize him and confirm his prophecy. So traumatized were the Americans by his fighting skills that he was marked for assassination, and subsequently killed early in 1943 during a dramatic ambush by P-38 fighters. Edwin Hoyt is a retired journalist and longstanding writer of popular military history. He has authored some 38 books, mostly on WW II, naval and Asian affairs. Many of his earlier books have been frankly action-oriented and were pitched to the high school level—historically accurate enough, but definitely stressing the combat activities. His later titles are more extensively researched and have expandedto larger themes, and enjoy a higher reputation. Yamamoto was written from English-language sources and can never be a definitive biography, yet it fills a definite gap in popular American studies of WW II. It is more nuanced in tone than some of his earlier works, yet Hoyt still knows how to write enticingly and there is plenty of battle excitement to attract YA readers. Category: Biography & Personal Narrative. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 1990, Lyons Press, 271p. map. notes. index., Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Raymond L. Puffer; Ph.D., Historian, Edwards Air Force Base, CA

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ISBN-13:
9781585744282
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/01/2001
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.96(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.81(d)

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