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 surviving fighter
ace) as well as many other men, tell the inside story of developing
the Zero and Japan's air force. They tell what it felt like to bomb
American ships and to shoot down American airplanes -- and then of
their shock when the myth of invincibility was shattered by the new
Lightning, Hellcat, and Corsair fighters. They tell of the fight
against the growing strength of a remorseless American enemy; and
how, in desperation the Japanese High Command ordered the creation
of deadly suicide squadrons, the Kamikaze. And finally they reveal
their reaction to the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and
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