No Surrender: My Thirty-Year Warby Hiroo Onoda, Charles S. Terry (Translator)
In the spring of 1974, Second Lieutenant Hiroo Onoda of the Japanese army made world headlines when he emerged from the Philippine jungle after a thirty-year ordeal. Hunted in turn by American troops, the Philippine police, hostile islanders, and successive Japanese search parties, Onoda had skillfully outmaneuvered all his pursuers, convinced that World War II was still being fought and that one day his fellow soldiers would return victorious. This account of those years is an epic tale of the will to survive that offers a rare glimpse of man's invincible spirit, resourcefulness, and ingenuity. A hero to his people, Onoda wrote down his experiences soon after his return to civilization. This book was translated into English the following year and has enjoyed an approving audience ever since.
- Kodansha International
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This book is a report about Hiroo Onoda's life in the jungle of an island in the Philippines, walking in at 23 and coming out at 52, unaware and not believing that WWII ended. You will live the process of thoughts that brought him and his comrades to continue fighting. Understand that Japan is a country where internal wars lasted for decades, that the life of a samurai was to devote himself to the orders imposed, and that death for honor is a goal to achieve with pride. Onoda has been told by his superior to never get caught, never surrender, survive even eating banana peels and roots for 10 years if it was the case, and he was never to take his life on his own. And so he did.
A jungle survival guide and the story of dedicated service to his country. A must read for those who want to understand selfless sevice.