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At War With the Wind

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  7 reviews
In the last days of World War II, a new and baffling weapon terrorized the United States Navy in the Pacific. To the sailors who learned to fear them, the body-crashing warriors of Japan were known as "suiciders"; among the Japanese, they were named for a divine wind that once saved the home islands from invasion: kamikaze.

Told from the perspective of the men who endured t
Hardcover, 502 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Citadel (first published January 1st 2008)
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Jenn Ravey
The only other book that's ever taken me this long to read was Anna Karenina, and I despised that book as well.

I felt compelled to finish this, but it was not the insightful book on kamikaze pilots I sought out. In fact, as other reviewers mention, the first 135 pages of this book don't even really discuss kamikaze pilots. I've read quite a bit of Pacific War nonfic at this point, so I didn't need the primer and would have appreciated more research into the Japanese mindset and the kamikaze pil
Jan Stone
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you're a WW2 history buff, you'll appreciate the writing and research of this author. Well worth the time to absorb all the sad facts of the Pacific Theater
Jim Swike
Passed Kindle deadline, was interesting. Enjoy!
Christopher Telcontar
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ww2
David Sears has migrated from the Civil War to WW2. He can be a lucid writer with some interesting turns of phrase. I've liked his CW work in the past and was expecting a similar result this time, but it seems he missed his target with the kamikaze campaign.

There is too much material from the American side and we see only snippets of the Japanese thought process and strategy in the waning days of the war. In addition, far too much time is spent in a blow by blow summary of the Pacific War from
Mar 26, 2009 rated it liked it
Don't let the glowing reviews on fool you - this is not the be all, end all of kamakaze books. It's a good book, mind you, but it is more a collection of vignettes than a detailed history of the kamakaze phenomenon. It's also a bit of a slow starter - the whole first section of the book is spent covering the early Pacific war and introducing some of the US leaders that are only tangentially associated to the fight against kamakaze attacks, such as Kelly Turner. As I read this book I f ...more
Roger Myles
Apr 28, 2010 rated it did not like it
The start is somewhat disappointing. Page 123 and scene setting is still underway and the word "Kamikaze" has yet to be seen. Despite this the presentation is easy to read and understand.

On completing the read, the most astonishing fact to emerge was the level of damage actually achieved by the Kamikaze operation. It was much greater than the majority of previous references describe, and the impact was also more widespread. Overall worth reading to get a better view of the details of the Kamika
Harry Foxwell
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As the 70th anniversaries of the major Pacific naval battles of 1944 and 1945 approach, At War with the Wind is a terrific tale to read of the carnage wrought by the Japanese "Divine Wind" -- the Kamikazes. Described as an "epic battle between those determined to live and those determined to die", the fight against the suicide pilots, their motivations, and the efforts of the defenders makes fascinating historical reading.
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David Sears is a New Jersey-based author, speaker and business consultant.

David's early career included service as a United States Navy officer with extensive sea duty aboard destroyer Gearing (DD-710) and a tour of duty as an advisor to the Vietnamese Navy during the Vietnam conflict. David's Navy service and sea-going experience brings unique authenticity, perspective and passion to his books an

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