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The Last Kamikaze Edwin P Hoyt Praeger Publishers 1993 Ppxvi 235The Last Kamikaze is a book written by well-recognized military historian Edwin P Hoyt about Matome Ugaki a Vice Admiral in the Japanese Imperial Navy during World War II The book chronicles the diary of Ugaki from preparing for the attack on Pearl Harbor to his final suicide mission in 1945 Using his own style of part-biography part-historiography Hoyt intermixes exerts from Ugakis diary with his own assessments of what was happening in the war The central theme of the book the loyalty Ugaki has for the Japanese Imperial Navy Numerous examples of Ugakis determination to be 100 loyal to Japan and to the cause of war are shown throughout the book Ugakis devotion to the Japanese Imperial Navy the constant struggles of Japanese Navy against the Allies and Ugakis desire to die for the cause of the war are all main points that Hoyt shows all the way through the bookThe Last Kamikaze begins with the planning of the Pearl Harbor bombing by the Japanese The planning of the attack had taken almost a year to make and it was a strenuous time for high- ranking Japanese officials One man imparticular Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto wanted Japan to stay as far away as possible from US and Great Britain military efforts Yamamoto was Ugakis Chief of Staff and best friend The two conversed at great lengths throughout the war what they felt was the proper action Japan should be taking It is here that Hoyt shows of Ugakis devotion to the Japanese Imperial Navy When in 1940 the government of Japan had declared their policy of war with the West Ugaki was skeptical He and Yamamoto questioned how Japan was going to compete with the USs and Great Britains natural resources Hoyt contends that Ugakis loyalty is best seen here Ugaki knew that Japan had little chance of defeating the Allies in the war especially
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