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A Glorious Way To Die: The Kamikaze Mission Of The
Battleship Yamato, April 1945 dramatizes the final mission of the biggest battleship every
built in the history of naval warfare. Russell Spurr tells the day-by-day historic,
tragic, violent events surround the final days of the battleship Yamato from both the
Japanese an Allied points of view. A Glorious Way To Die is fascinating naval
history and "must" reading for all World War II military studies collections.
This account certainly deserves five stars, no question about it. Spurr
presents an excellent and very readable account of the last sailing of the Yamato on it's
suicide mission to Okinawa. The author switches back and forth between the American side
and the Japanese side, and, because of this, presents two sides of the same event.
And, when reading both sides, the reader gets the impression that the author
has done one heck of a job of research. The American characters, and
especially the Japanese characters, come alive as real people, in real situations, in real
action. Spurr has done an excellent job in both research and presentation; the
book is exciting and hard to put down once you start reading. I was also
impressed with the clarity of maps and diagrams, which, in most books of this period, are
so small and blurry they are impossible to read. A great battleship.
A great story.
by Tsunetomo Yamamoto, William S. Wilson
Definitely worth reading. This book is a
series of the most "interesting" excerpts from a much larger Japanese version.
Tsunetomo's thoughts are interesting, although occasionally a bit odd when
compared to other writers on the same subject. Also, the ideas about combat,
and courage are hard to pay attention to, as the author never fought in battle.
Nevertheless, this book is very much worth reading. Also, fans of
Yukio Mishima will want to read Hagakure for insight into Mishima's attitudes.
The finest book in publication on the Samurai way. Hagakure is THE definitive
work on Samurai life in feudal Japan. Anyone with interest in Japanese Martial
culture or martial arts MUST HAVE this book. I cannot recommend this book enough!
HAGAKURE: The Book of the Samurai is a very interesting book which describes the everyday
life and mindset of a samurai. For those that are not interested in the Samurai
thought, this book may appear rather dry and in some instances, absurd. However, I
thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The book is made up of short entries of
various topics. Whether it's describing a wise samurai's actions, or cracking jokes
at the noblemen around him, it is obvious that Yamamoto Tsunetomo was truly a samurai in
every aspect of his life. During Yamamoto's time, the prestige of the samurai was
declining, due to a long period of peace in Japan. The samurai lived to die for his
lord in battle, but how can one remain a noble samurai during times of peace?
Yamamoto answers this and many other questions in Hagakure. He also points out that
when one is focused on dying, he will not be afraid in the presence of death.
As Yamamoto liked to say, "The way of the Samurai is found in death."
IF YOU LIKE HAGAKURE, you should read: THE BOOK OF FIVE RINGS,
Miamoto Mushashi THE UNFETTERED MIND
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