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M.G. Sheftall ¼ 0 Characters Read & download Ê Blossoms in the Wind Human Legacies of the Kamikaze 100 Cks to defend their homeland But what of those men who took the sacred oath to die in battle and lived Soon after the 911 attacks ethnographer MG Sheftall was given unprecedentedly intimate access to the cloist. This is a four star bookBut I had to take off three stars because the author did something unforgivable like a Hollywood hack writing about a serial killer he fell in love with his subjectsHowever the surviving Kamikazes and families of kamikazes do give extremely frank and honest accounts and they probably wouldn t have opened their dark hearts had the author not loved them so unconditionally so I ll give back one starFurther his admiration for his subjects gives him a very strong identification with them You get the impression he would very much have liked to be a kamikaze Getting inside their minds like that while distasteful allows him to tell their stories effectively so he gets another star backThat makes three stars although it really is a four star book

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M.G. Sheftall ¼ 0 Characters Read & download Ê Blossoms in the Wind Human Legacies of the Kamikaze 100 Ered community of Japan's last remaining kamikaze corps survivors The result is a poignant and unforgettable glimpse into the lives and mindsets of former kamikaze pilots who never completed their final mission. I picked up this book hoping to learn about the history of the kamikaze program However it seems Sheftall s goal was to examine the mind of the young kamikazes and the culture that created the phenomenon The end result was something between an historical account and a book on mid twentieth century Japanese society Sheftall told the story of the kamikazes through ten or so men and a group of women who lived through the kamikaze program Although I found the historical information such as the wide variety of kamikaze specific vehicles including planes gliders speed boats and torpedos interesting I now realize that the why behind the story was probably interesting In hindsight I wish Sheftall had spend time addressing the psychological propaganda put forth by the Japanese government and less time on the religious beliefs of the Japanese people Though by no means an action packed story this book was an engaging read based almost entirely on firsthand accounts from men who expected to die than 50 years before this book was published

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M.G. Sheftall ¼ 0 Characters Read & download Ê Blossoms in the Wind Human Legacies of the Kamikaze 100 In the last days of World War II the Japanese unleashed a new breed of warrior They were the kamikaze idealistic young men believing there could be no greater glory than to sacrifice their lives in suicide atta. First of all let s say that this is really a 4 12 star review not a 4 star review The half star is lost as a result of my personal prejudice against the sort of history that writes Francis Drake walked down the Plymouth street stroking his beard and his jewelled sword hilt sparkling in the summer sun in other words writing history as a novel and filling in sentences with unverifiable but eminently plausible details Sheftall does this sometimes when describing some historical events where the information came from secondary sourcesFor the most part though this book is based on primary sources Sheftall s interviews with those who lived through the times he is describing and we can assume that when he writes a description this is based on the actual memories of the intervieweeI am in awe of this Studs Terkel like approach for two reasons Firstly from a purely linguistic basis Sheftall conducted all these interviews in a notoriously difficult foreign language which has undergone many changes since the time when the events described took place Terms and nuances in use in the period described may be almost incomprehensible even to native speakers of today s Japanese Secondly he was interviewing a somewhat secretive group of people carrying an enormous burden of emotional and cultural baggage whom one might expect to act defensively towards any outsider let alone a foreigner from a country with whom they were at warThe fact that Sheftall not only managed to penetrate this thick shell but also managed to extract some genuine responses is a matter for praise of the highest kind It undoubtedly helped as he mentions at one point that he is a graduate of West Point and the fact that he is an alumnus of an lite military establishment helped to form a bond with these extraordinary peopleThe personal stories read very smoothly indeed and though it is not necessary to have a background knowledge of Japanese culture and language to appreciate the finer details of the plot I definitely felt that it helped me understand a little Again kudos to Sheftall for introducing an alien culture to his readers without condescension or obscuritySo now to the content Most perceptions of tokk the suicide tactics seem to regard the suicide pilots as either hapless unwilling dupes driven to their deaths by REMFs of the worst kind or as fanatic Emperor worshippers screaming Banzai as they rode their death chariots to certain flaming oblivion The truth if we are to believe the survivors is much complexSheftall has explored the psychology of wartime Japan in some depth Certainly there is some truth in some of the stereotypes but other factors such as family loyalty peer pressure and simple military discipline also played a part and Sheftall displays an understanding of these motives that can only have come from the convictions expressed by those whom he interviewed for this bookA sidenote as a non military Briton it has always struck me how reluctant American armed forces are to accept fatalities in battle The figures for American deaths in the American War in Viet Nam or the recent Irai invasion for example are almost grotesuely disproportionate to the numbers of deaths experienced by their adversaries and even to the numbers for collateral damage caused by the fighting It may be that since the USA bore the brunt of the Pacific War and certainly US forces suffered most from the Japanese suicide attacks this reluctance may be a key factor in the global judgement and condemnation of the tokk tactics Certainly Soviet forces while not employing deliberate suicide tactics were willing to risk much heavier casualty rates than the US and even the British accepted very high death rates in units such as the RAF fighter suadrons in the Battle of Britain the tally ho mentality of going up against overwhelming odds was prevalent In these three cases Japan the USSR and the UK the home country was in danger of invasion and occupation where the USA was never under such threatIn any event Sheftall makes it perfectly credible to the reader that an intelligent young man with his life before him could willingly strap himself into a plane that he was barely capable of flying with the confident hope that he would never return Though he does not praise the tactics or the philosophy behind it the kamikaze become much intelligible as the result of his interpretationThe end of the book is perhaps the most disturbing in some ways as he examines the attitudes of the survivors of these units towards today s Japan which they regard as having been emasculated by the American victors Again we most Japanese and foreign residents of Japan are expected to loathe and detest the black sound trucks that make the streets hideous and I am sure that Sheftall does not agree with all the rants that spew from these people However he does go a long way to explaining why these views exist and it is far from being a mindless my country right or wrong or a misplaced sentimentality for the comradeship of men at war For this insight alone he deserves praiseI highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know about Japan not just the Japan of then but also that of today Though no one can describe any society with 100 percent accuracy and perhaps Japanese society is indescribable than any other this book makes perfect sense to me and crystallises many thoughts that have been lurking at the back of my mind


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    (PDF/EPUB) [Blossoms in the Wind Human Legacies of the Kamikaze] A very interesting 4 Star book by a Westerner schooled and fluent in the Japanese language and culture who gets elderly Japanese prospective kamikaze pilots boat drivers and other survivors to tell their stories How can you interview a kamikaze pilot? At least one was shot up and limped into a Japanese Naval airfield Others trained hard but never got the chance to execute their planned mission Think how hard it is to get Allied W

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    (PDF/EPUB) [Blossoms in the Wind Human Legacies of the Kamikaze] First of all let’s say that this is really a 4 12 star review not a 4 star review The half star is lost as a result of my personal prejudice against the sort of history that writes “Francis Drake walked down the Plymouth street stroking his beard and his jewelled sword hilt sparkling in the summer sun” in other words writing history as a novel and filling in sentences with unverifiable but eminently plausible details Sheftall does thi

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    M.G. Sheftall ¼ 0 Characters Download ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ¼ M.G. Sheftall Characters Blossoms in the Wind Human Legacies of the Kamikaze Professor Sheftall immersed himself in the world of the surviving Japanese kamikaze pilots 60 years after that nation's surrender to find the answer to a simple uestion why did they train to expend their lives in attacks on the advancing American and British forces?This book is the lucid attentive and sympathetic result of his resea

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    Download ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ¼ M.G. Sheftall M.G. Sheftall ¼ 0 Characters (PDF/EPUB) [Blossoms in the Wind Human Legacies of the Kamikaze] This is a four star bookBut I had to take off three stars because the author did something unforgivable like a Hollywood h

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    Download ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ¼ M.G. Sheftall (PDF/EPUB) [Blossoms in the Wind Human Legacies of the Kamikaze] M.G. Sheftall ¼ 0 Characters An absolutely stunning work Not so much a comprehensive telling of the story of the Kamikaze but rather a series of vignettes telling individual tales of participants siblings and people who worked on bases While some people might object to Sheftall's lack of condemnation of the program the book seeks to understand those

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    (PDF/EPUB) [Blossoms in the Wind Human Legacies of the Kamikaze] Excellent and well research story of kamikaze pilots in WW2 Interviews with surviving pilots gives an accurate picture of

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    Characters Blossoms in the Wind Human Legacies of the Kamikaze (PDF/EPUB) [Blossoms in the Wind Human Legacies of the Kamikaze] M.G. Sheftall ¼ 0 Characters This is an interesting and different sort of book on the subject It's not written as a historical analysis It does include some of that of course but it also includes a lot of personal memories from people actually involved in the kamikaze activities as interviewed by the author The author's own impressions are

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    Download ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ¼ M.G. Sheftall M.G. Sheftall ¼ 0 Characters (PDF/EPUB) [Blossoms in the Wind Human Legacies of the Kamikaze] The best part of this book is the 10 or so individual stories mini biographies really in the book The author interviewed most of these people in person and relates their stories pretty effectively I was afraid initially that

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    Characters Blossoms in the Wind Human Legacies of the Kamikaze (PDF/EPUB) [Blossoms in the Wind Human Legacies of the Kamikaze] Download ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ¼ M.G. Sheftall I picked up this book hoping to learn about the history of the kamikaze program However it seems Sheftall's goal was to examine the mind of the young kamikazes and the culture that created the phenomenon The end result was something between an historical account and a book on mid twentieth century Japanese society Sheftall told the story of the kamikazes through ten or so men and a group of women who lived through the kamikaze

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    (PDF/EPUB) [Blossoms in the Wind Human Legacies of the Kamikaze] Characters Blossoms in the Wind Human Legacies of the Kamikaze This is a must read for anyone interested in the Pacific War Japanese culture or language Sheftall's insight comes through like a bell in this book of firsthand interviews with Japanese men and women who experienced the warHe introduces us to men who trained for kamikaze missions giving us a look at them as human

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  • Hardcover
  • 496
  • Blossoms in the Wind Human Legacies of the Kamikaze
  • M.G. Sheftall
  • English
  • 15 June 2020
  • 9780451214874