Editorial Reviews. Review. "Sakai's straightforward, bracing narrative became internationally popular in the s. Now it's back, with an incisive introduction by. Samurai! (Saburo Sakai with Martin Caidin & Fred Saito). First off, let me say that this is one of the grand combat memoirs of World War II--but you knew that, right. gratis Samurai!: The Autobiography of Japan's World War Two Flying Ace (writer Saburo Sakai,Martin Caidin,Fred Saito) ebook pdf book from lenovo free.

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Samurai!, the Unforgettable Saga of Japans Greatest Fighter Pilot Saburo Sakai, Martin Caidin, Fred Saito,,, ASIN: BZXCQW, tutorials, pdf, ebook. Sakai, Japan's leading ace with 64 victories to. 55 . like Saburo Sakai, felt it was time to put the Saburo Sakai, Samurai (London, White Lion. Sub-Lieutenant Saburō Sakai was a Japanese naval aviator and flying ace (" Gekitsui-O", 撃墜王) of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. Sakai had 28 aerial victories (including shared) by official Japanese records, while his autobiography Samurai!, co-written by Martin Caidin and Fred Saito .. Create a book · Download as PDF · Printable version.

Sort order. Jun 19, George K. Sep 17, David rated it liked it Shelves: There's a lot of air battles in this.

And not much of anything else. I liked Saburo's honesty. There's a story where he and an allied pilot are locked in an exhausting dogfight.

Eventually Saburo gets a couple of shots at the cockpit, glass shatters! He pulls up alongside and the badly wounded allied pilot raises his arm in a sort of salute. Saburo salutes back, two warriors reaching out across the sky Did he mean to tell There's a lot of air battles in this. Did he mean to tell us that he watched the crippled plane limp to safety? But not so much fun as: View 1 comment.

Sep 30, Colin Heaton rated it it was amazing. This was always one of my favorite books as a younger reader. I finally met and came to know Saburo Sakai, and he was one of the most entertaining interviews I ever conducted and published. Mar 17, Carol Storm rated it it was amazing. Explosive action! Excruciatingly painful wounds, and the stubborn pride of a man who refuses to be defeated. One thing that makes this book fun is that if you have a lot of romantic illusions about Japan or the samurai class this book will cure them.

Not that Saburo Sakai isn't a class act, and a gentleman, but that he grew up very poor in spite of his "samurai" ancestry. I mean like on the farm, dirt poor. It's also interesting that though he's a tough guy and a born fighter there's nothing "macho" about his outlook. Indeed, he makes it clear his role model for enduring agony is his mother.

Last of all, the love story he tells about meeting his wife and surviving the last desperate weeks of the war is truly inspiring.

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For someone who is perpetually intrigued by the combat that took place in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II, it was very interesting to read a book from the perspective of a Japanese fighter ace. I had previously read "Oba: The Last Samurai," but this was an entirely different reading experience for some reason. Overall, Saburo Sakai's story is a gripping one.

He experienced some of the most intense aerial combat of the entire war, from his early days flying in China to the h For someone who is perpetually intrigued by the combat that took place in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II, it was very interesting to read a book from the perspective of a Japanese fighter ace.

He experienced some of the most intense aerial combat of the entire war, from his early days flying in China to the hairy combat over Lai and Rabaul to the final days of the war on the Japanese homeland.

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As with many pilot memoirs, the aerial accomplishments of Saburo and his fellow Japanese pilots seem over-exaggerated, but this is too be expected. Also, the multiple love interests he speaks of throughout the narrative, while adding a human element to the story, seem a bit forced.

Overall, though, this book is a reflection of the man's life. And what life reads like a perfect story? Definitely a wonderful supplemental read for anyone interested in the air war over the Pacific -- or the Pacific War as a whole.

It helps American readers understand that the enemy had a face. Jan 11, Jeff Dawson rated it really liked it. Saburo Sakai gives a no-nonsense look behind the curtain of the IJN air corp. For those of us who have studied the training techniques the Japanese used on their trainees, there will be little surprise at the brutality they dished out to new recruits.

No matter how harsh we in the West view these tactics, Saburo constantly goes back to how it saved his life more than once. Is it because the Japanese had the surprise attack at Pearl Harbor or the fact we know how barbaric the IJA treated our prisoners of war?

Perhaps it a combination of the two. That aside, it is a good read. Reading his story reminded me of the Calculus II professor I had in college. I came up with at least thirty-seven.

Again, unacceptable!

Four Stars Sakai kuvaa ilmasotaa raadollisesti. Hieno kirja, jota ei voi kuin suositella kaikille ilmailusta kiinnostuneille lukijoille! Nov 05, Dave Roberts rated it really liked it. He was one of Japan's leading aces. Later, as the US introduced superior plans, the Japanese new, faster planes came too late. Sakai's heroism and dedication are impressive.

Reading this book, I'm impressed that there are skilled, principled, heroic fighters on both side A very interesting biography of a WWII Japanese fighter pilot and his experiences during the war. Reading this book, I'm impressed that there are skilled, principled, heroic fighters on both sides of a war. It's such a tragedy that their skills are used just to attempt to kill one another. The book provides interesting insight into the psychology of a fighter pilot as well as a small but interesting window into Japanese culture.

Dec 22, David B rated it it was amazing. Saburo Sakai became a hero in his homeland and his account of his place in the Pacific War is even-handed and illuminating. In the early days of the war, victory seems to come relatively easy to him and the other pilots in his fighter group due to their superior training and the excellence of the Mitsubishi Zero fighter. As the war wears on, however, and the United States becomes more fully engaged on its Western front, the This is the autobiography of Japan's greatest ace pilot to survive WWII.

As the war wears on, however, and the United States becomes more fully engaged on its Western front, the tide turns and the situation becomes increasingly desperate for Sakai and his compatriots, until the inevitable crushing defeat. Sakai, along with his co-authors Martin Caidin and Fred Saito, presents exciting accounts of air battles and Sakai's harrowing experience piloting his aircraft back to base after sustaining injuries that should have killed him.

As good as this stuff is, I was glad that the home front wasn't neglected in his narrative. In addition to being a great air warrior, he also lived a wonderful love story with his future wife. Nov 17, Allan Harle rated it it was amazing Shelves: Without a doubt my favourite book about aviation in WW2. Mar 21, Chris rated it it was ok. A friend loaned this book to me after a discussion about WWII aviation, especially in the Pacific war.

I didn't think too much of the book, though I'm prepared to concede at least part of that is cultural, since he's telling the story from a perspective and an upbringing very different from mine. But there were a couple of things that just didn't resonate with me at all. One of them is the simple fact that he is very clearly bragging, and that wouldn't bother me so much if it weren't for the fact that he is constantly pretending to be humble.

The humility rings very false as he tells tales of his constant successes in arial combat, and keeps a running count throughout the book of how many planes he shot down. What's worse, I very much doubt his claims are true. He claims to have shot down 64 allied airplanes over the course of his career, which is significantly more than any allied pilot, and he is very clearly proud of that number.

The problem is, it is almost certainly not true. Allied pilots followed a different and significantly stricter method of confirming claims from arial combat than the Japanese did - in order for allied pilots to receive credit for a claim, it had to be witnessed and corroborated by fellow pilots and to some extent had to be justified in separate allied assessments of the Japanese order of battle.

In the last pages of the book, Sakai or rather, Caidin describes in great detail how he shot down a Superfortress on the last night of the war: "In less than a minute the B disappeared beneath the water.

This was Hap Arnold's infamous "thousand-plane" raid of August , and no Bs were lost to any cause that night. In this case, we have Sakai's testimony that the story is a fiction. See Rethinking the Sakai myths , reviewed on this website. Such easily provable errors ought to have been footnoted in what purports to be a new edition, and the publisher should also have noted some of the other small inaccuracies that pepper the manuscript.

I found it amusing to read of Sakai's frustration when as Caidin states on his behalf the Zeros succeeded in shooting down American aircraft by the tens and twenties, only to have them miraculously appear again next day: "The Allies seemed to have an inexhaustible supply of aircraft.

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A week never went by without the enemy suffering losses, yet his planes came, by two and threes and by the dozens. Somehow it never occurred to either side to question their own combat claims. Of great interest is Sakai's description of his training. First, the brutality of it, which goes far to explain why Japanese military men were so bestial to their captives. Then there was the wrong-headed emphasis on selectivity.

The math was extraordinary: 1, seamen applied for a place in the Non-Commissioned Officer Class with Sakai; 70 were admitted; and 25 graduated to become pilots in the Japanese Navy Air Force. Of this number, only 10 were fighter pilots, who were joined by 6 navy officers and 10 aviation cadets graduating that year. So in the year that Japan went to war against China and eventually much of the Western world, it added a grand total of 26 fighter pilots to its navy, whose air force was larger and more important than the army's.

Sakai is shown at left as a young pilot in China. Pacific Press, Kodachi, Naoki. Fighters of Our Grandfathers in Japanese. Kodansha Ltd. Leckie, Robert.


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Empire of Japan. For the first time Lt. Commander Tadashi Nakajima encountered what was to become a famous double-team maneuver on the part of the enemy. Nakajima was raging when he got back to Rabaul; he had been forced to dive and run for safety.

In desperation, I snapped out a burst.

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At once the Grumman snapped away in a roll to the right, clawed around in a tight turn, and ended up in a climb straight at my own plane. Never before had I seen an enemy plane move so quickly or gracefully before, and every second his guns were moving closer to the belly of my fighter.

I snap-rolled in an effort to throw him off.

He would not be shaken. He was using my favorite tactics, coming up from under. I had full confidence in my ability to destroy the Grumman and decided to finish off the enemy fighter with only my 7. For some strange reason, even after I had poured about five or six hundred rounds of ammunition directly into the Grumman, the airplane did not fall, but kept on flying. I thought this very odd — it had never happened before — and closed the distance between the two airplanes until I could almost reach out and touch the Grumman.

To my surprise, the Grumman's rudder and tail were torn to shreds, looking like an old torn piece of rag. With his plane in such condition, no wonder the pilot was unable to continue fighting! A Zero which had taken that many bullets would have been a ball of fire by now.Perhaps it had something to do with witnessing the Zero's flying over head on their way to bomb Pearl Harbor.

Send me an email. Dec 22, David B rated it it was amazing. Sakai is shown at left as a young pilot in China. It's around halfway through the book where he recognizes that the allied equipment is becoming superior, and the allied pilots, as they gained experience, were becoming far more effective.