No Surrender: My Thirty Year War (Bluejacket Books) Paperback – 15 Aug 1999
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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.
Although the events in the book aren't all that exciting (mainly it's a 30 year survival story, not a 30 year war) his blind dedication is the most interesting elemtent, and as such this is a fascinating insight into the mind of someone who convinces himself thoroughly that he isn't wasting his life.
You could consider this incredibly stupid or true devotion - it's probably a bit of both.
Well worth a read.
7.5 / 10
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Brilliant book! They should make a film of this man's life, it's a fascinating insight.Published 6 months ago by R Marsden
I found this book outstanding and really well written, the Japanese may have been butchers to enemy soldiers and civilian but they weren't too good to each other even though very... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
An easy to read factual account of a quite extraordinary individual. No storey or aspect is glorified and Hiroo Onoda shows he has no ego to taint or spoil his account.Published on 17 April 2014 by stu dixon
A once in a lifetime opportunity to read an almost unbelievable account of struggle and dedication of loyal Japanese soldiers.Published on 21 Jan. 2014 by Ambitionfitness
If you like history, and WWII related documents you shoud read this. First person description that is difficult to stop reading before you reach the end.Published on 31 Dec. 2013 by jorge amandio
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