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ACES AGAINST JAPAN: THE AMERICAN ACES SPEAK Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-0671529086 ISBN-10: 0671529080
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An ace is a combat flyer who has downed at least five enemy planes. There have been many American aces, and there are many books describing their exploits. Hammel, a distinguished military historian, has interviewed 25 aces who fought in the Pacific. None of them are professional writers or historians, and their first-person accounts of their exploits are unaffected and honest. No PR hype or dry-as-dust historian's prose here. Hammel allows his flyers to tell their own stories in their own way--from Lieutenant Frank Holmes's tale of flying an obsolete P36 over Pearl Harbor on December 7th to the desperate battles of Midway and Guadalcanal to final victory over Japan. Exciting stuff aviation and World War II buffs will love. Volume 2, Aces Over Germany will be published in spring 1993. For most public libraries.
- Stanley Itkin, Hillside P.L., New Hyde Park, N.Y.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Major Michael W. Libbee U.S. Army, The Friday Review of Defense Literature Engrossing....Aces Against Japan is replete with individual heroism and personal feats that almost defy comprehension....Here the American aces tell their own stories with the clarity of detail and detached emotion that only those who experienced the deadly air battles and the terrifying carrier landings could relate. -- Review
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket (September 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671529080
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671529086
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,419,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eric Hammel's writing career began in the 1960s, when he was a teenager. He has had fifty military history books, two novels, and more than seventy non-fiction articles published. Eric has worked as West Coast contributing editor for Leatherneck Magazine and as a publishing acquisitions and content editor, but he has spent most of the years since 1983 as a full-time author, editor, and publisher.

Free sample chapters from all of Eric Hammel's in-print books can be viewed at his author site, http://www.EricHammelBooks.com
All of his books are available on Amazon.com.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 4, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book has come in "under the radar" and is one of the best-kept secrets of recent WW2 aviation literature. Eric Hammel has done priceless work in collecting an oral history of the air war in the Pacific. I've read it three times and it's every bit as much fun as informative as it ever was. From the pathetic equipment at Pearl Harbor (a beat-up P-36 with only one loaded .30-caliber) through the immortal battles of the Solomons, New Guinea, the Central Pacific, the Marianas, Iwo and Okinawa, to ultimate victory over Japan, this is an outstanding work that ranks with "Samurai!", "Baa Baa Black Sheep", and "God Is My Co-Pilot". Current military management MUST read this, especially the part about how woefully unprepared we were, and see if anything looks familiar about today's military. Take it from me-- I've studied the Pacific War all my literate life, and I've found some stinker books, but this is a gem.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Melvin Williams on April 21, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A truly great book. I recommend it for anyone, not just history enthusiasts. The first hand accounts are well written and bring the stories to life. Equally as good is Hammel's other book, ACES AGAINST GERMANY.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 9, 1999
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This book is about the many pilots that fought for the US navy in the pacific Theatre.Many of which were very young but would die for their country!It talkes about their experiences of there first kills and becoming aces, shootings down zeros,and betty bombers and imperial japenses crusiers of all sorts in the pacific. Pilots talk about their experiencs in the battles of Pearl harbor,Midway,Port Moresby,Guadalcanal,Rabaul,Lyete Gulf,and Okinawa. Fly with 1st Lt. Jim Swett as he nails 7 bandits out of the sky with his F4F wildcat. Fly with pilots in their warhawks,wildcats,lightnings,Thunderbolts,mustangs,and corsairs agaist the 1 of the best navys in the world.Another book i want is Aces against germany but they dont print it anymore!Buy ACES AGAINST GERMANY and listen to the stories told by are heroes of ww2.The men that kept us free,the men that kept the axis from taking over the world,the men that died for us! Now id like to salute all the men that died for us in ww2 thanx guys! -HEAVEN BELONGED TO GOD.THE SKY BELONGED TO AMERICA'S ACES.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 4, 2001
Format: Hardcover
In Aces Against Japan, military historian Eric Hammel provides the reader with riveting first-person accounts from thirty-nine American fighter aces who fought their way across the bloody skies of the Pacific and East Asia from December 7, 1941 through the final air battles over Japan in August 1945. An effective interviewer, Hammel presents fascinating and informative air-combat tales and anecdotes from the men who were their. Vivid, superbly presented, Aces Against Japan is enthusiastically recommended reading for all military buffs and a very welcome addition to any World War II history collection or reading list.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 25, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Reading about the Pacific airwar in the recent novel, The Triumph and the Glory, sparked an eager interest in me in the topic and prompted me to order this book. I found "Aces Against Japan" great reading, filled with gripping accounts of action from the men who fought the air war against Imperial Japan. If you are interested in WWII aerial combat this book is for you!
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By infolotnicze on September 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
Aces Against Japan is another superb book from Eric Hammel and Pacifica Military History.

This time the author brings us on the Pacific Theater of War where we can see through eyes of fighter pilots how tough it was to defeat Japan.

Aces Against Japan is especially interesting for Polish and European readers as for us the main opponent in World War II was Hitler with his Nazi Germany. Pacific is treated not so thoroughly as the fighting on the continent.

We get to follow the fighting path of 39 aces who helped to defeat Imperial Japan. The first episode is connected with Pearl Harbour - a milestone point in the Pacific which started the US machine rolling with enormous speed towards victory both in Europe and in Pacific.

The reader has some maps at his hand thanks to which he can locate each story. Additionally the author translates abbreviations used by pilots to a language understood by everyone. This is very helpful as pilots and soldiers have their own slang which sometimes can be difficult for civilians

The stories are sorted chronologically so we can see how the Americans where fighting back through the whole period of war against Japan.

This is a must have for all military aviation enthusiast connected with war in the Pacific.
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Halfway through...

It takes something for me to contribute a 'review' (like I'm qualified) of someone else's work. That said, and however...

WWII Pacific Theater, Naval/USAAF Aviation Operations? Buy this book.

Eric Hammel has nailed the short story format of several pilot's scenarios in the Japanese theater of operations. I write these words admitting that I've probably 'read them all' and would highly recommend anyone wanting to read of Pacific Air Operations pick up this book.

The really interesting thing to me as an aviation geek, is the fact that (165 gal. drop tanks on a particular model) (Rendova is about 330 degrees true from their last reported position) etc., are what make Military History/facts/books so very interesting. The details are spot on. I'd actually fire up Google Earth to see the different areas of operations as described in Mr. Hammel's meticulously researched book. Kudos to you Mr. Hammel.

If you're tired of the typical "Ace sprayed the fleeing Nips with his 40 calibre machine cannons" kind of ilk...you'll really, really, like this book. BUY IT. Details are accurate, writing is concise and interesting. Highly recommended.

Cmdrpiffle, Santa Cruz Ca.
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