God's Samurai


God's Samurai

Lead Pilot at Pearl Harbor

Gordon W. Prange with Donald M. Goldstein and Katherine V. Dillon

The Warriors Series

384 pages


November 2003


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About the Book

God's Samurai is the unusual story of Mitsuo Fuchida, the career aviator who led the attack on Pearl Harbor and participated in most of the fiercest battles of the Pacific war. A valuable record of major events, it is also the personal story of a man swept along by his times. Reared in the vanished culture of early twentieth-century Japan, war hero Fuchida returned home to become a simple farmer. After a scandalous love affair came his remarkable conversion to Christianity and years of touring the world as an evangelist. His tale is an informative, personal look at the war "from the other side."

Author Bio

Katherine V. Dillon (1916-2005) was a chief warrant officer, United States Air Force (retired), and longtime collaborator with Gordon W. Prange and Donald M. Goldstein on their work. She served during World War II and the Korean War.


“Exciting, moving, and spiritually rewarding.”—Publishers Weekly

“Engrossing . . . intriguing . . . arresting.”—Kirkus Reviews

“A window on the Japanese psyche and the experience of World War II.”—Stars and Stripes

“A dramatic and historically interesting life.”—Library Journal

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