Sakai, Saburo with Martin Caidin and Fred Saito, Classics of Naval Literature: Samurai!, Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1991. Signed by Sakai. Original blue cloth boards with gilt titles.
Written by Martin Caidin from Saburo Sakai's own memoirs and journalist Fred Saito's extensive interviews with the World War II fighter pilot, Samurai! vividly documents the life of Saburo Sakai. A combat aviator, Sakai fought American fighter pilots and survived the war as Japan's greatest living ace with 64 kills.
This book illuminates the harrowing experiences of Japan's greatest aviator. The book starts with the strict training in fighter pilot school and continues on to thrilling early Japanese victories. The book recounts his incredible six hundred mile fight for life from Guadalcanal to his base in Rabaul. It ends with the poignant story of the now-handicapped veteran's return to the air during the final desperate months of World War II. Samurai! is a vivid recollection of one man’s epic life fighting during WWII.
Very good condition. Signed by Sakai on the title page in blue ink, signature dated June 6, 1995. Binding is tight and pages are clean and unmarked. Presented in original blue cloth boards.
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