The Reluctant Admiral: Yamamoto and the Imperial Navy

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Kodansha International, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 397 pages
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This is the story of both an individual and an organization. The individual is Admiral Yamamoto, the architect of the Pearl Harbor raid and commander of the Combined Fleet until his dramatic death in the South Pacific. One of the best-known Japanese wartime leaders -- complex, tough, sympathetic, and realistic -- he believed from the start that Japan was bound to lose the war. The organization is the Imperial Navy, whose gentlemanly traditions and international outlook contrasted strongly with those of the army.

Based on interviews with people who knew him well, private and intimate correspondence, and secret and official documents, it is -- as the New Yorker said -- a "brilliant" book.

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

This book is relatively rare, a biography of an IJN Admiral available in English. I believe it to be reasonably well researched, and translated adequately. Read full review

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User Review  - Schmerguls - LibraryThing

This is very good biography of Admiral Yamamoto, and the telling of the attack on Pearl Harbor is especially vivid and readable, telling it from the viewpoint of the Japanese. An account of Midway is ... Read full review

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