A Glorious Way to Die: The Kamikaze Mission of the Battleship Yamato

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Russell Spurr was based in Hong Kong for more than 20 years as the China and Far East correspondent for the London Daily Express and ABC Radio Network, and the chief correspondent and deputy editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review. He was one of the first Western correspondents to report from Peking after the establishment in 1949 of the People's Republic of China. During World War II Spurr was in the Royal Indian Navy, and served in motor gunboats through most of the Burma campaign. After the Japanese surrender, he was assigned to Kure, Japan, where he first viewed the vacant dock built for the Yamato and began to pursue the story of its demise. Spurr is also the author of the highly acclaimed Enter the Dragon: China's Undeclared War Against the U.S. in Korea.

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"A compelling book…Mr. Spurr bases his narrative on extensive interviews with survivors from both sides."—The New York Times Book Review

"[Spurr’s] book shines a blend of storytelling skill, naval experience and a rare ability to make clear the psychological climate of this time and these people."—Philadelphia Inquirer

"A powerful chronicle that rivals A Bridge Too Far in storytelling quality and tragedy…utterly spellbinding."—William Stevenson, author of A Man Called Intrepid

"A powerful, suspenseful work of history, a naval version of A Night to Remember."—San Francisco Chronicle

"Gripping…A resounding demonstration of first-rate military history with an unusual human dimension."—Kirkus Reviews

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