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This is the thrilling saga of war in the air in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II told from the Japanese point of view. It is the story of the men who created, led, and fought in the deadly Zero fighter plane. In their own words, Jiro Horikoshi (who designed the Zero), Masatake Okumiya (leader of many Zero squadrons), and Saburo Sakai (Japan's leading

Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 1st 1991 by Bantam (first published 1956)
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Tom Mueller
I believe Okumiya and Horikoshi's work is the inspiration for the preface of The Old Man and the Harley: A Last Ride Through Our Fathers' America, as John J. Newkirk tells of listening to an older Japanese WWII Ace pilot of the Zero.
Zero is the firsthand account of two WWII Japanese pilots active in the Pacific Campaign. The telling is unvarnished; equally critical of decisions made by both sides, often *more* critical of the Japanese Air Force and Army than of the Allied Forces.
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Bernardo Arcos Álvarez
This book is vivid, human and very descriptive. The chapter about the atomic attacks torn muy heart appart. The deeds of arms of the gallant japanese pilots are simply amazing. This is truly a great book, I really don't know why it isn't famous at all, everyone who has the slightest interest on modern History will be amazed by reading this.
A pilot's perspective on flying and fighting in Japan's Mitsubishi A6M 'Zero' fighter, from the early days of heady victory when the Zero outclassed all of its opponents, to the final days of desperate struggle and defeat when the Zero was forced to contend against overwhelming numbers of superior allied fighters flown by better-trained pilots.
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