Battleship Yamato: Of War, Beauty and Irony) [Pdf] Å Jan Morris
Ts could use books like The Battleship Yamato Here the author sets aside the mere sterile narration of what happened and instead delves into a sense and feel of it all a story level profound than just description I would suggest first reading about the Yamato the wiki say Then read this book in one sitting This book will be re read pulled off the shelf anytime and opened to any page again and again Highly recommend Being a fan of the show Star Blazers I figured I d pick up this book to see what the real Battleship Yamato was all about Not really what I was looking for but will do I m a fan of the machinery of war and the innovations that go into producing themInitial reaction was that this book is a lot smaller than anticipated I xpected a regular sized book but nded up with something that is about the size of a romance novel on it s side The book also has a lot of filler material Lots of two page spreads that don t have anything to do with the battleship or WW2 Example there is a two page spread of George Washington crossing the Delaware weird rightThe book does have lots of pictures of the Yamato and the author does preface the book with a veiled message that this isn t only a biography of a ship but something artsy which probably xplains all the unrelated pictures An odd little book from a great writer this tells a somewhat garbled version of the The Soviet Union end of the YAMATO in 1945 overlaid with some broader musing on war and other ironies You can read this is perhaps 10 12 minutes Numerous other books one or two cited here will tell you far about this landmark vessel One of the clearest things in the book are the several maps at thend showing just how much punishment the ship took before she sank after about 3 12 hours of action End of an Gods and Heroes era indeed. Agnificent ship itself―from secret wartime launch to futile sacrifice at Okinawa―but fundamentally interprets the ship as an allegorical figure of war itself in its splendor and its sualor its heroism and its waste Drawing on rich naval history and rhapsodic metaphors from international music and art Battleship Yamato is a work of grand ironicle.
I was hoping for a very different book and did not get it I have uite a few books by this author and have Science, Technology and Culture enjoyed them all The problem with this one is that Good read Not a bad little bookbut 2 glaringrrorsHMS Prince of Wales Royal Navy battleshipwas built by Lairds at Birkenheadon the Merseynot on the ClydeWorld War 2 began in 1939not in 1941 as the author statesThe USA No Beast So Fierce entered WW2 in 19412 years after it started This is a uniue and reflective musingssay call it what you will on the ultimate futility of war and voking the sense of fruitless if stirring sacrifice of the loss of the world s largest battleship in the dying days of the Second World War It s brief less than an hours read and I suspect that if Jan Morris wasn t a beloved literary icon now in her 90s this work of self indulgence would not have see light of day As it stands this is reflection of war beauty and ironywill be njoyed by anyone who Last Chance Bride enjoys her work or is looking for something a little out of the ordinary This uite short book is not so much about the ship itself but rather what might have been the human story of the crew on the finalmission to challenge the American invasion of OkinawaThe Yamato was accompanied by a number of destroyers but crucially had no air cover and had to rely on ship board anti aircraft artilleryAt her final refit in January to April 1945 for instance she had her close in 25 mm cannon armament increased to 152 gunsThe US Navy carrier based aircraft onslaught destroyed the world s greatest battleship with many bomb and torpedo strikesA couple of proof reading slips page 62 suggesting the main 18 inch guns fire at 75 per minute and page 67 suggesting that Yamato hadleven vast 18 inch gunsIf the reader is really interested in the battleship itself. An xtraordinary―and strikingly illustrated―reflection on the meaning of war from one of our greatest living writers The battleship Yamato of the Imperial Japanese Navy was the most powerful warship of World War II and represented the climax as it were of the Japanese warrior traditions of the samurai―the ideals of honor discipline and self sacr.
A book The Battleship Yamato by Janusz Skulski is a magnificent point of reference trouble is at 30 it is a bit priceyat 30 it is a bit pricey18 inch guns Could not have been better It was a wonderful book which lead me the reader to xamine my how I thought about the young men the Lawman Lover (Outlaws, enemy in WWII it not only made me think but gave such a full and rounded context to this one fateful incident near thend of the Pacific War As it brought up a mixture of feelings I was moved by it and left astonished at how this act of self sacrifice was not a uniue City Girl in Training event in the history of human warfare The story of this ship has been covered in much greater detaillsewhere but this short book perhaps does the best of portraying the ship as a metaphor for Japanese participation in World War Two The detonation on the cover Mystery at Kittiwake Bay even resembles the nuclearxplosions at the war s conclusion Some readers will note parallels to the loss of the RMS Titanic I will keep this book as a reminder If you want a book that is a useful reference on the Yamato as I had you will likely be disappointed by this rather lyrical musing on the nature of the largest battleship Dangerous Waters (Cold Case Files ever built However if you re interested in an almost Zen approach to a book on military hardware one long on philosophy and short on facts and figures this book is for you I was not originally pleased by this book but on further reflection it does offer an uniue approach to discussing Japan s premiere capital ship Anlegiac allegorical lament on the futility of war and its wasteful sacrifice This is a uickly paced intense beautifully illustrated book on the death and the silliness of mass hysteria told through the lens of observers from afar Was any of it worthwhile No in this reade Stories we read about historical The Husband (Smytheshire, Massachusetts, even. Ifice that had immemoriallynnobled the Japanese national consciousness Stoically poised for battle in the spring of 1945―when ven Japan’s last desperate techniue of arms the kamikaze was running short―Yamato arose as the last magnificent arrow in the imperial uiver of Emperor Hirohito Here Jan Morris not only tells the dramatic story of the