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by Hiroyuki Agawa
Kodansha International  1979
408 pages
Index, photos
ISBN: 4770009992

Language: English

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The Reluctant Admiral
Yamamoto and the Imperial Navy

This book is a detailed biography of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto (1884-1943). The book explores his childhood, early life and service in the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) and his World War II service including his death as a passenger aboard G4M1 Betty 2656 Tail 323 that was shot down by P-38 Lightnings and crashed in southern Bougainville, killing everyone aboard.

Reviewed by The Japan Times “The Reluctant Admiral (Book Review) by Paul Henriques” December 19, 1980 page 9.


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