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God's Samurai: Lead Pilot at Pearl Harbor

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  60 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
God's Samurai is the unusual story of Mitsuo Fuchida, the career aviator who led the attack on Pearl Harbor and participated in most of the fiercest battles of the Pacific war. A valuable record of major events, it is also the personal story of a man swept along by his times. Reared in the vanished culture of early twentieth-century Japan, war hero Fuchida returned home to ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 1st 2003 by Potomac Books (first published September 1990)
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Nov 28, 2011 Bryan rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Bryan by: Nolan
Fascinating insight into the "enemy" persepctive of WWII. Given Matsuo's later conversion to Christianity and his time spent in the U.S., the "story" of the Pacific War feels not at all as if told by a monster or enemy. Instead, given his pragmatic approach to the war and his place in it, it instead simply feels as insightful and colorful as if told from "our" persepctive.

The last third, focusing on his evngelical life, is interesting as much for the experiences and the snapshot of mid-century l
Oct 19, 2015 Jeff rated it really liked it
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I found the writing style a bit obnoxious at times (too hagiographic) so I couldn't give it five stars...but the story is profound and well worth the read. Even if you're not interested in his conversion to Christianity the story will still intrigue you. The perspective of WWII from the Japanese military view is super interesting and his experiences post-war are engaging as well. Great story of an intriguing man.
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Jan 24, 2016 Kathryn Adam-Hurst rated it really liked it
Biography about Mitsuo Fuchida one of the Japanese commanders at Pearl Harbor. After WWII he became a Christian and an evangelist.
Jul 11, 2008 Don rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: History readers and Christians
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Fuchida's life experiences where amazing. A novel based on his life would be ridiculed as far fetched.
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Gordon W. Prange was born in Pomeroy, Iowa on July 16, 1910. He studied at the University of Iowa, receiving his Ph.D. in 1937. That same year, he began his teaching career as a professor of history at the University of Maryland. In 1942, he was granted a leave of absence from the University to embark on a wartime career as an officer in the United States Navy. He was sent to Japan in 1945 as a me ...more
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