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BLOSSOMS IN THE WIND: Human Legacies of the Kamikaze, by M.G. Sheftall. NAL Caliber, 2005, 480 pp., $24.95 (cloth).

For American sailors who served in the Pacific theater during the final two years of World War II, nothing was more terrifying than a kamikaze attack. Grainy black-and-white footage of Japanese fighter aircraft plunging into the decks of aircraft carriers, shown repeatedly on television, also formed the most enduring images of the war for several postwar generations of Americans.

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