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the last kamikaze






The Last Kamikaze. Edwin P. Hoyt. Praeger Publishers, 1993. Pp.xvi, 235.


The 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 Ugaki’s 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 Ugaki’s determination to be 100% loyal
to Japan and to the cause of war are shown throughout the book. Ugaki’s devotion to the
Japanese Imperial Navy, the constant struggles of Japanese Navy against the Allies, and
Ugaki’s desire to die for the cause of the war are all main points that Hoyt shows all the
way through the book.

The 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 U.S. and Great Britain military efforts.
Yamamoto was Ugaki’s 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 Ugaki’s 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 U.S.’s and Great
Britain’s natural resources. Hoyt contends that Ugaki’s loyalty is best seen here. Ugaki
knew that Japan had little chance of defeating the Allies in the war, especially in a war
that would last more than a few months. But he, being a loyal subject to the Emperor,
accepted the challenge and from the beginning held the view that he was going to die for
the cause of war. Hoyt’s strongest contention throughout the book is Ugaki’s willingness
to serve the Japanese navy to his best capability and this is evident from the beginning.

When looking at The Last Kamikaze’s strengths and weaknesses, it is clear the strengths
definitely outweigh the weaknesses. A major strength of the book is well-detailed
information given by Hoyt. This is in part to the ability of Hoyt to take Ugaki’s diary
and incorporate it into already known facts about Japan’s Naval involvement during WW II.
Hoyt goes through Ugaki’s thought process, planning efforts, execution of orders, and his
final reaction to the events that take place. The reader knows what Ugaki is feeling and
thinking at all times during the book. Another strength of the book is the readability.
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