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Written by Martin Caidin from Saburo Sakai's own memoirs and journalist Fred Saito's extensive interviews with the fighter pilot, Samauir! vividly documents the chivalry and valor of Saburo Sakai, 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.

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ISBN-13: 9780743412834
Publisher: ibooks, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/14/2011
Series: Military History (Ibooks)
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 433,231
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Saburo Sakai, burn into an impoverished Samurai family, went on to become one of Japan s greatest fighter pilots in World War II. He passed away in September 2000.

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Samurai 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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This book is one of my all time favorites---Hands down!! this book will pull you in and not let you go!! this book gives you a great look at world war two from the other side which i think is very interesting and I know you will too if you just read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is no way to tell you how enjoyable this book is! And there are no words to describe how interesting this story really is!! If your your a person who likes a action packed war story then this book is for you! Also I think this book offers a interesting look of WWII on from the enemy's point of view.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Even since I first read 'Samurai' when I was a kid (the late 60's), this has remained one of those books that I just keep coming back to. I still have that used copy I bought back in the 60's, but it's starting to fall apart. So I'll be buying a new version soon. The writing is clear. Sakai and Caidin provide you with an understanding of the life of a Japanese fighter pilot, as well as vignettes that illustrate Japanese life in the pre-war and war years. The section on Sakai's service in China is excellent, shedding light on a little known aspect (air combat) that we only see in stories about the Flying Tigers. Overall, an excellent book to have in your WW II collection!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Samurai! is the best book on the pacific air war I have ever read. Japanese pilot, Saburo Sakai, relates his experiences from China through the end of the war. It is an informative, inspiring and thrilling read. You will not be able to put this book down. I have reread this book many, many times. It never fails to excite.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is simply the best aviation novel I've ever read. Saburo Sakai is a very skilled pilot whom I admire so much. This book contains very detailed accounts of every single one of his 64 victories. It is as if I was flying the mission through his eyes and body.

The book also contains a great deal of information and feel on what it takes to become a fighter pilot in the Imperial Japanese Navy; from the intense training undergone by all the early pilots to flying the remarkable A6M Zero fighter.

This book inspired me so much as a pilot and as an aviation enthusiast. Sakai's love for flying is truly felt by all of us in the aviation world. Reading this book caused me to built a 1/32 scale model of the Zero fighter Sakai flew and it is sitting proudly in my room.

Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I read about WW II fighter combat (back in 1985). And it is still fresh. Sakai was the greatest living Japanese ace of WW II (although aerial claims was somewhat confused for the Japanese) Suprisingly, witht he help of Martin Caidin, his style is clear, conscise e enjoyable for the reader. The action is the most impressive, without sounding an exageration. Very good!