The reluctant admiral: Yamamoto and the Imperial Navy

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Kodansha International, 1982 - Biography & Autobiography - 397 pages
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Set against the background of the Japanese Imperial Navy's shifting strategies, this biography of the admiral who planned the attack on Pearl Harbor portrays Yamamoto as a realist who foresaw Japan's inevitable defeat

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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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Hiroyuki Agawa was born in Hiroshima in 1920. He wrote about his experiences as a student soldier and his family's survival of the bombing of Hiroshima. His major works include "Kumo no bohyo" and "Gunkan Nagato no shogai." In 1994 Agawa was awarded the Noma Bungei Prize and in 1999 the Order of Culture.

The NIPPON BONSAI ASSOCIATION is the single largest public bonsai organization in Japan. Initially begun as the Kokufu Bonsai Kai in 1934, the association has become increasingly active in bonsai circles over the years. As an artistic and cultural ambassador, the association has sought to develop a
high standard and to foster a broader awareness of the art of bonsai. Toward this end the association sponsors the annual Kokufu Bonsai-ten (the largest bonsai exhibition in Japan), publishes such periodicals as Bonsai Shunju, and conducts lectures and seminars on bonsai technique in Japan and
Currently, the association has more than 300 chapters nationwide with approximately 20,000 members and some 300 members in 30 countries throughout the world.
JOHN YOSHIO NAKA is one of the foremost authorities on bonsai in the West and author of Bonsai Techniques. HIDEO ARAGAKI is an awardwinning columnist. His collected essays for the magazine Bonsai Shunju appeared in book form under the title of Shizen to Jinsei (Nature and Life) in 1987. HIDEO
MARUSHIMA, a practicing lawyer, writes extensively on bonsai and suiseki for various Japanese publications. His Nihon Bonsai Bonseki Shiko(An Interpretative History of Bonsai and Suiseki) was published in 1982.
With the exception of ten years lecturing at the University of Tokyo, JOHN BESTER, a graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies of London University, has devoted most of his time in Japan to translation. In particular, the many literary and other translations that he has undertaken for
Kodansha International have established him in the front rank of the field.

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