Blossoms in the Wind : Human Legacies of the Kamikaze

Author(s): M.G. Sheftall

Military History

This title is a poignant and powerful reminder of those kamikaze pilots who never completed their missions. In the last days of World War II, the Japanese unleashed a new breed of warrior. They were the Kamikaze, idealistic young men who believed that there was no greater glory than to sacrifice their lives in suicide attacks to defend their homeland. But, what of those men who took the sacred oath to die in battle and lived? Soon after the 9/11 attacks, ethnographer M.G. Sheftall was given unprecedented access to the cloistered community of Japan's last remaining Kamikaze corps survivors. The result is this poignant and timely glimpse into the lives and mindsets of former Kamikaze pilots who never completed their final missions. First published 2005.


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"An extraordinary personal look at the Kamikaze programme...Sheftall has done a service to history." - Barrett Tillman, author of Brassey's D-Day Encyclopedia "A must have book for anyone interested in World War II...the clearest and most definitive exposition of the brave, sad Kamikaze culture." - Col, Walter J. Boyne"


General Fields

  • : 9780451218520
  • : 18134
  • : 18134
  • : 0.485
  • : August 2006
  • : 228mm X 152mm X 25mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : M.G. Sheftall
  • : Paperback
  • : New edition
  • : 940.5426
  • : 496
  • : 16 pages of b & w photographs