If you are a member, log in to receive member pricing
  • ISBN/SKU: 9781591147558
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Era: 20th Century
  • Number of Pages: 384
  • Subject: WWII
  • Date Available: June 2010
If you are a member, log in to receive member pricing
$25.95 List Price
$20.76 Member Price
Full Description:

Saburo Sakai was Japan's greatest fighter pilot to survive World War II, and his memoir is one of the most popular and enduring books written on the Pacific war. First published in English in 1957, it gave Americans new perspectives on the air war and on the Japanese pilots who, until then, were mere caricatures. Today, the book remains a valuable eyewitness account of some of the most famous air battles in history and a moving, personal story of a Samurai warrior.

A veteran of more than two hundred dogfights, Sakai reportedly shot down sixty-four Allied planes, but he is best known for flying his crippled Zero nearly 600 miles to safety while partially paralyzed and nearly blind from multiple wounds.
Saburo Sakai joined the Japanese Navy at sixteen in 1932. He logged 3,700 flight hours during the war. Later he became popular inspirational speaker and made occasional trips to the United States to discuss the Pacific War. He is deceased.
Customer Reviews
1 Review
Average Customer Reviews
5.00 Stars
"A personable and excellent recount"
Saturday, June 22, 2013
By: John May
I read this book several years ago while riding the commuter train. It is a personable and excellent recount of the experiences of a young warrior pilot. The book is not political or nationalistic -- it is simply a reflection on personal experience by a young man.


Conferences and Events

Maritime Security Dialogue

Tue, 2016-08-09

  You are cordially invited to Maritime Security Dialogue A discussion with General Robert B. Neller, USMC Commandant, U.S....

2016 Naval History Conference

WEST 2017

San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA

View All

From the Press

Meet the Authors & Book Signing

Fri, 2016-08-05

Guest Speaker

Mon, 2016-08-08

CDR Youssef H. Aboul-Enein, USN

Why Become a Member of the U.S. Naval Institute?

As an independent forum for over 135 years, the Naval Institute has been nurturing creative thinkers who responsibly raise their voices on matters relating to national defense.

Become a Member Renew Membership