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At War With The Wind

David Sears

ISBN 9780806528946
Publish Date 10/27/2009
Format Trade Paperback
Categories Military
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“Powerful.” --H. Paul Jeffers, author of Command of Honor

In the last days of World War II, a new and baffling weapon terrorized the United States Navy in the Pacific. To the sailors who learned to fear them, the body-crashing warriors of Japan were known as “suiciders”; among the Japanese, they were named for a divine wind that once saved the home islands from invasion: kamikaze.

“Thorough And Vivid.” --John C. McManus, author of Alamo in the Ardennes

Told from the perspective of the men who endured this horrifying tactic, At War with the Wind is the first book to recount in nail-biting detail what it was like to experience an attack by Japanese kamikazes. Acclaimed author David Sears draws on personal interviews and unprecedented research to create a narrative of war that is stunning in its vividness and unforgettable in its revelations.

“Mesmerizing . . . Thrilling.” --Kenneth Sewell, author of Red Star Rogue

This is the candid story of a war within a war—a relentless series of furious and violent engagements pitting men determined to die against men determined to live. Its echoes resonate hauntingly at a time of global conflict, when suicide as a weapon remains a perplexing and terrifying reality.

Main Selection of the Military Book Club

Featured Alternate of the History Book Club

With 16 pages of photos

About David Sears:

David Sears is a New Jersey-based author, speaker and business consultant.

David's early career included service as a United States Navy officer with extensive sea duty aboard destroyer Gearing (DD-710) and a tour of duty as an advisor to the Vietnamese Navy during the Vietnam conflict. David's Navy service and sea-going experience brings unique authenticity, perspective and passion to his books and his presentations to veteran, school, civic and business groups.

At War with the Wind, published by Kensington Books in October 2008, details the U.S. Navy's unprecedented air-sea duels with Japanese kamikaze attackers. Based on extensive research and personal interviews with hundreds of sailors, airmen and marines, At War with the Wind combines fast-paced narrative interwoven with the real-life exploits of young men who withstood the savagery of Japan's last-ditch 'Divine Wind' campaigns.

At War With the Wind has been chosen as a main selection of the Military Book Club and as a featured alternate selection of the History Book Club. Kirkus Reviews gave enthusiastic praise to At War with the Wind:

  • "Former naval officer Sears writes affectingly of the terror the ‘divine wind’ campaign wrought on American sailors."

  • "Sears does a particularly good job of bringing in the various voices of the fast-dwindling corps of American survivors of hellish engagements at Leyte and Okinawa, among other places."

  • "Of considerable interest to students of the Pacific War."

David's earlier book The Last Epic Naval Battle: Voices of Leyte Gulf chronicled the exploits of 60 sailors and aviators in the last and most decisive sea battle of World War II.

David has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MS in Industrial Relations from Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations. He lives in northern New Jersey and his website is

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