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It is a rare mind, which can see through the eyes of a competitor or enemy at the moment of truth in competition/conflict. Such minds are treasured within military forces, though rarely cultivated due to the regimented lifestyles and mindsets of such personnel. So any book or other media which can provide military personnel the chance to look at situations through the eyes and minds of enemies often has value, long after the death of the author or the events depicted. Such a book is JAPANESE DESTROYER CAPTAIN. Written by Captain Tameichi Hara of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) shortly after the end of World War II, his book was one of a handful of such memoirs translated and published in the United States during the 1950s. Since that time, JAPANESE DESTROYER CAPTAIN has provided naval officers, historians and general readers with an amazing window into the minds of Japanese naval commanders during the Second World War, along with a primer on how to survive and prevail in combat situations of all kinds.
To better understand the value of books like JAPANESE DESTROYER CAPTAIN and the people who write them, join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham (@greshamj01) for Military Monday (@Writestream at #MilitaryMonday) at 1 p.m. Eastern. He will be joined by father/son U.S. Naval Institute Press (@USNIBooks) authors and naval historians Tom and Trent Hone. Together they will tell the story that Capt. Hara and his original editorial team, all long since dead, cannot. Listeners are encouraged to call in and offer questions and comments, on a rare phenomenon in the military history world, which needs to be encouraged.
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