This book was originally written for the Japanese market, where it sold more than 300,000 copies. As a result, this translationinto English is the more interesting historically because it reflects the Japanese point of view on both the primary subject–thedevelopment and combat accomplishments of the famed Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter–and that country’s perceptions aboutother aspects of WWII. The Zero’s exploits have been well documented, but this book adds a you-are-there quality to theplane’s birth by providing the viewpoints of those who were closest to it. The book’s outlook seems rather nationalistic attimes, which is natural considering that it was written for home consumption, but it offers a valuable insight into the minds ofthose we called enemy in the early 1940s.
Praeger Publishers, Westport, Conn., 1996, $19.95.
Arthur H. Sanfelici