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No Surrender: My Thirty-Year War Paperback – October, 1999
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He didn't know when WWII ended and every attempt by Americans, locals, and even friends and familiy from Japan, to get him to come out was seen as a trap by Onoda. Only when his orders were specifically rescinded, did he emerge. Over the years his skills in evading and surviving were honed to a edge.
For humanists this is a positive message and a remarkable tale about the ability of the human spirit to endure great hardships for the sake of beliefs and duty. Less positive, from a mental health perspective, the book is a startling illustration of the power of the mind to program itself to shut out all messages and signals it does not wish to receive.
Although there were repeated attempts to contact Onada, all failed. For instance, he found a newspaper article about himself about 10 years after the war ended. He believed the article was "enemy propaganda" and was "an attempt to get me to surrender".
Finally, in the 70's, Onada's superior ranking officer finally made contact with him and told him to come home. He complied.
No Surrender is an incredibly interesting read, even if you're not interested in history/World War II. The story is very captivating, and Onada's will to survive is amazing.
I would definitely recommend this book.
The only thing was though Onada didn't really need to fight for longer than the one or two years after 1945 when the war ended - that is if his mind wasn't blocking out all the information that was showing him the war was over. No matter what happened he was too suspicious that it was a trap by the American's or Filipinos. I found the story amazing but after a while one has to wonder if he will ever believe anything.
Countless times the island was blanketed with notes dropped from planes that said the war was over & Japan had surrendered. One of the soldiers he lived with walked away from Onada & his friends in 1949 (after 5 years living with Onada). He walked to freedom & then came back & tried to convince the last 3 soldiers (Onada, Shimada & Kozuka) to give up - that the war was over, they were wasting their time. They dropped notes with the 3 soldiers names on it, pictures of Onada's family members...& walked around the island with bullhorns yelling that the war was over. Onada, Shimada & Kozuka heard this from their friend & saw the notes but were convinced that their friend was captured by the enemy & it was all a trap.
Over the years his brother came & yelled on speakers to get Onada to surrender, Onada got within 150 yards of his brother & recognized him & his voice but still thought it was a trap.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
kinda boring..astounding lack of detail considering how long he was there.Published 16 days ago by Tom
Great story, easy read. Stories like this should be kept alive. 30 years in the jungle - "Oh hey we've invented this thing called television and been to the moon, welcome... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jonathan Bowman
My hat goes off to Hir' Onoda for his honesty and for being genuine about his emotions, his experiences, and his thinking. This is the exact reason I enjoyed this book so much. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tally Ho
By the time I finally got around to reading this book, it'd been on my to-do list for several years. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Adam Fletcher
A fine work and a testimony to the dedication, loyalty and supreme sense of duty in a model Japanese soldier. Read morePublished 4 months ago by James Denny