Russell Spurr was based in Hong Kong for more than 20 years as the China and Far East correspondent for the London Daily Express and ABC Radio Network, and the chief correspondent and deputy editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review. He was one of the first Western correspondents to report from Peking after the establishment in 1949 of the People's Republic of China. During World War II Spurr was in the Royal Indian Navy, and served in motor gunboats through most of the Burma campaign. After the Japanese surrender, he was assigned to Kure, Japan, where he first viewed the vacant dock built for the Yamato and began to pursue the story of its demise. Spurr is also the author of the highly acclaimed Enter the Dragon: China's Undeclared War Against the U.S. in Korea.
If you have an interest in WWII in the Pacific this is a must read.
Most of the kamikaze pilots and the crews of the ships in the giant suicidal mission led by Yamato were volunteers who carried out their plans with great pride.
Many personal interviews of persons on both sides of the battle make for very interesting reading.
I bought the book because my only copy was falling apart. This book corrected my problem. A nice book at a nice price. Excellent service.Published 8 months ago by Earl Wahl
A riveting history of the most powerful naval ship ever launched on the seas and its demise at the hands of American air power.Published 8 months ago by The Pie Face Prince
Good deep account of Japan's final days and the demise of their prized battleship.detail from both sides of the battle was excellentPublished 10 months ago by Roken
I really enjoyed this book. It probably is closer to a 5 than a 4 but I don't give out many 5's. If you have an interest in WWII in the Pacific this is a must read. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Lael Prock
The book deftly gives a brief history of the Yamato from her inception to her demise. The book goes into detail for the last week of her existence in april 1945. Read morePublished on December 24, 2012 by EdM
By April, 1945, Japan was on the verge of total collapse. Her island outposts had been taken by the ever-advancing American Army and Navy, and she had resorted to kamikaze attacks... Read morePublished on March 9, 2011 by Jeffrey T. Munson
Spurr's book, while it may suffer from some transcription errors (see the late Mr. Ray's review below) is none-the-less a superb and highly accurate account of Yamato's "surface... Read morePublished on December 23, 2010 by Monsieur Al
Outstanding story about a little known WWII battle. Many personal interviews of persons on both sides of the battle make for very interesting reading. Read morePublished on June 17, 2010 by T. Thompson