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No Surrender: My Thirty-Year War (Bluejacket Books)

No Surrender: My Thirty-Year War (Bluejacket Books) [Kindle Edition]

Hiroo Onoda
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In the spring of 1974, Second Lieutenant Hiroo Onoda of the Japanese army made world headlines when he emerged from the Philippine jungle after a thirty-year ordeal. Hunted in turn by American troops, the Philippine police, hostile islanders, and successive Japanese search parties, Onoda had skillfully outmaneuvered all his pursuers, convinced that World War II was still being fought and that one day his fellow soldiers would return victorious. This account of those years is an epic tale of the will to survive that offers a rare glimpse of man's invincible spirit, resourcefulness, and ingenuity. A hero to his people, Onoda wrote down his experiences soon after his return to civilization. This book was translated into English the following year and has enjoyed an approving audience ever since.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 940 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1557506639
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (4 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612515649
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612515649
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #160,111 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Mr. Hideo Onoda came down from the mountain on the island of Lubang in 1974. For 30 years he had been fighting his own war against nature and the enemy. In the 30 years he had been conducting guerilla warfare against local peasants and Phillipine troops, not knowing the war was over.
The book covers his whole life from a kendo fighting boy, to a dancing teenager in the chinese dancehall and to his secret guerilla warface on Lubang Island in the Phillipines.
The book gives an interesting insight in the mind of a dedicated japanese officer. A man that refuses to believe that the war is over and that the japanese search parties that were sent out in the late 50's, were actually the work of the american intelligence forces. Onoda expirences every imaginary ordeal, from colloctive japanese harakiri, to Bubblegum chewing american soldier, to the death of his 2 soldier friends, Shimada and Kozuka. The later who died in 1973. Only a year before Onoda was found.
All in all an amazing book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No Surrender 20 July 2002
In brief, the subject nature of the book itself will compel you to want to read it. Details the amazing story of a Junior Japanese officer, Lt Hiroo Onoda, and his micro guerilla war on a small island against the local population, US troops and the elements. His mental toughness and his military doctrine seem almost unhuman at times. My only criticism is that the book needs a map of the island, can seem a bit hazy in describing movements to different locations. On the whole definitely worth a read though.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book 30 July 2009
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This book had me turning pages like no other - what a fantastic, and totally believable story. Hiroo is still alive today - so 30 years in the jungle did him no harm. Highly highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars interesting book 11 Nov 2013
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Birthday present for my husband which he likes and is on his "to read next list"Good choice of book great!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a super book! 20 Aug 2007
By Birmingham Book Reader VINE VOICE
No Surrender. My Thirty Year War by Hiroo Onoda is a really interesting book, while Hiroo was still at war in 1974. His Loyalty to this orders and work is clear.
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By cubley
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It's a definite learning experience, considering his blind obedience to the cause (Japanese war effort) having lead to the deaths of numerous innocent people I thought I'd have hated this man, and yet I can't help but agree with a lot of his observations about the society he's since reintegrated in to. A great case study in to human nature and the power an idea/ideology can have over someone's actions. Well worth the read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating story 24 April 2014
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A well written but frustrating story. I was astounded at the man's obstinate determination to blindly carry out his orders. The passage of time living a clandestine existence making him and his companions paranoid and deluded. Unfortunately for these guys, brought up in a society and a time that appears to have eliminated any common sense as they blindly accept and carry out their orders. A gripping tale indeed
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