From glorious mastery over the skills of China until the last desperate production of Kamikaze weapons, here is the factual, factual, first-hand record of Japanese air power, especially the Zero. For this plane, cocky, flimsy, and biquitous in the whole Japanese war effort, was the principal instrument of Hirohito's conquest, and far and away the most devastating flying force in the Pacific until's Grumman plane was designed to combat it. The authors, leaders in Japanese aviation, follow from factory to battle performance, with statistics and occasional flashes of intense anguish, their country's total achievement in the . They make no apologies, and indeed complain that only an error in relaying a message to the State Department caused the bombing of Pearl Harbor before a declaration of war. The authors, if they give full credit to Japan, also acknowledge fairly and squarely the American successes. For World War II archives, and an air-minded audience.