|~~ Dan King, during the presentation ~~|
Yesterday, I attended a One Book One City event at the Sierra Madre Public Library. In our city's 2013 book choice, "Unbroken," Air Force crewman Louis Zamperini, survives a plane crash in the Pacific and is captured and held prisoner by the Japanese.
Yesterday's presentation was by historian Dan King (website), author of "The Last Zero Fighter." Mr. King earned a degree in Japanese Language from Cal State L.A., and worked for Toyota for fifteen years, living in Japan for ten of those years. His talk, and the subsequent Q & A, gave readers of "Unbroken" even more to think about.
As research for his book, Mr. King was able to interview several surviving Japanese Navy pilots and airmen (only one of whom is still living), in their own language. His presentation gave a very interesting "two sides to a coin" history of the Japanese pilots, from the time they joined the navy, through to the end of the war. A very eye-opening and thought-provoking morning. I look forward to reading Mr. King's book.