Mitsuo Fuchida was a Captain in the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service who is perhaps best known for leading the first air wave attacks on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Fuchida was responsible for the coordination of the entire aerial attack working under the overall fleet commander Vice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo.
After World War II ended, Fuchida became an evangelist, Christian preacher and frequently traveled to the United States to minister to the Japanese expatriate community. He became a United States citizen in 1966. His autobiography was originally released in 1953, and this edition will be published to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 2011.
Bonus! Includes interviews with Florence DeShazer and Jacob DeShazer.
- Forgiveness and Redemption after the Atrocities of War
I read a lot of books about World War II, but rarely from a Japanese point of view. This booklet, written in 1951, tells the story of Mitsuo Fuchida, the man who led the first wave of attacks on Pearl Harbor on Dec 7, 1941. It is a powerful testimony of how God turns enemies into brothers.
From Pearl Harbor To Calvary relates not only Fuchida’s story, but also the stories of others who should have been embittered by the war: Peggy Covell, a young woman whose missionary parents were killed by the Japanese and Jacob DeShazer who had been a POW in a Japanese prison camp.
A quick and inspiring audiobook.
- Something New
I'd never heard of this story before, what a great story. Something good that came out of the horrible 2nd world war.
- Subtle and dignified performance
'Choi gives a subtle and dignified performance that is appropriately self-disciplined and ably displays Fuchida's sincerity.'
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- Amazing testimony, slightly dull retelling
The book reads as something that's already happened (it feels more like a letter than a novel), so I found it difficult to be drawn into the narrative, especially after the brief recounting of the actual bombing. I found myself struggling to pay attention through the bulk of the book as I listened to the (amazing) details of how God worked after the bombing.
The story itself of what happened is incredible, it's always good to hear about how God works so I wouldn't discourage a listen. I also appreciated the Christ-honoring focus of the book. I just wish it were written in a more captivating way.
The narrator did an good job, considering the way the book is written I think it'd be difficult to enhance it with the narration.
- Great story!
This is a great story and I appreciate christianaudio offering it for free! It is a very short book and leaves you wanting to know more, but overall, it is a great story! I really appreciated the interviews at the end of the book.
- Praise God
This book clearly demonstrated Paul’s belief that “the gospel is the power of God, unto salvation for everyone who believes” (Rom 1:16). Mitsuo Fuchida was the Lead Pilot for the Pearl Harbor attach which plunged the United States into WWII. He was fully indoctrinated in the Japanese “war catechism.” But the gospel broke through his hard heart, and 11 years after he attacked the United States, he became an evangelist. This autobiography also tells of Americans who were so filled with hatred that they just wanted to kill Japanese citizens. The gospel changed their hearts as well. They found common ground in what Christ did for them on the cross. This is a true story of redemption, and reconciliation. On the negative side. I wish that there was more biographical content to show how Mitsuo Fuchida ministered in the years since the publication of this book. I would also like to know what lasting impact Fuchida’s life had. Over all, this was an excellent book. I kept praising God for changing hate filled hearts from multiple continents.
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- Interesting but ended before full story was told
The book From Pearl Harbor to Calvary is the testimony of Mitsuo Fuchido. For those of you who are not familiar with your World War II history, Fuchido was a Captain in the Imperial Japanese Air Service and was responsible for leading the attack on Pearl Harbor. After the war ended Fuchido found Christ and dedicated his life to serving Him.
Since I am a history buff, I was excited about the opportunity to read more about this man’s life. However, this book left me feeling a little short, not really knowing the man any more than I did before I read the book. This short audio book leads you from the bombing of Pearl Harbor to Fuchido joining an American missionary organization aimed at bringing Christ to Japan. A large portion of the book is dedicated to the correspondence between Fuchido and the American organization as they enlist Fuchido for their cause. The book does cut off abruptly after his appointment, and the reader is left with more questions concerning this soldier for Christ’s life and work.
The narrator did an acceptable job with the work, but I never did lose the feeling that someone was reading to me. I much prefer audio books, where you can get lost in the story and characters and forget that you are being read a book. The entire book had the feeling that the narrator was reading a letter out loud.
The audio book from christianaudio.com does include bonus interviews at the end, which I found the most enjoyable part of the work. The interviews with Florence and Jacob DeShazer were informative, although they were difficult to hear at times.
Overall, the life of Mitsuo Fuchido has the potential to be a very interesting and enlightening story, but I feel that this book did not quite do justice to the story of this man who put on the armor of God and stopped fighting for Japan to fight for Christ.
Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this audio book as a part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. This has in no way influenced my opinion or review of this work.
- More about a Mission organization than Fuchida
The book From PearlHarbor to Calvary is about Mitsuo Fuchida, the man who led the Japanese aerial assault on Pearl Harbor, and his testimony about how he became an ambassador for Christ. It is short and reads more like a 50s-era Christian missions propaganda piece than a personal testimony. The first part of the book was interesting but devoid of any depth or detail. In a few minutes the attack on Pearl Harbor is over, as is the war, and before you know it the story shifts to a glowing commendation of the Worldwide Christian Missionary Army of Sky Pilots.
If I were reading a biography of Billy Graham, I would be sorely disappointed if his early years of ministry were scarcely touched and the major emphasis of the book was on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and how it is a great organization.
This book fails to deliver anything substantial, which is a shame because Fuchida seems to have lived a very interesting life. The bonus interview at the end of the audio book with one of the men who flew the Doolittle Raid was the most interesting part of the book—and is likely not a part of the print edition.
I received this book free from christianaudio as part of their book review program. I was not obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are mine.
- An unlikely witness for Christ
It is hard to imagine that the very military leader who was trained to hate Americans to the point of enjoying bombing Pearl Harbor could one day become a Christian.
Mitsuo Fuchida was exposed to the gospel in the immediate aftermath of World War II. I was not aware that Japan was so open to the gospel after the war but apparently there were many missionaries that arrived with the occupying forces after the war.
I’m also amazed that I never heard about Mr Fuchida after all these years. His story was obviously public in Japan after he became a Christian.
This account shows how Christ can come to and live in even the most unlikely hearts. Mr. Fuchida was apparently a strong witness for Christ in not only Japan, but also in the US and even throughout the world.
God can surely use anyone that He chooses to spread the good news of Christ.
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In From Pearl Harbor to Calvary, Mitsuo Fuchida tells the story of how he went from willingly leading the attack that killed over 2,000 people at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 to serving his creator as an evangelist who preached about the forgiveness found only in Christ. The book also shares the story of Jacob DeShazer, who God used to bring about Fuchida’s salvation. This book was originally published in 1953 and is being republished this year, the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The audio edition also includes interviews with Jacob DeShazer and his wife Florence DeShazer.
This is an enlightening book. I had never heard of Fuchida or the DeShazers before listening to it and I found the story both enlightening and inspiring. Fuchida tells of the hatred that led him to volunteer for the Pearl Harbor mission and the hatred that led DeShazer to volunteer for a retaliatory mission. We then learn how God moved in these men to show them that hatred is not the solution and that Christ made it possible for them to forgive and find forgiveness.
This very short audiobook is well worth a listen. If you’ve ever wondered if God still works, you won’t after hearing how He worked in these men’s lives.
Regarding the audiobook quality, the narrator does an excellent job and the production quality is also excellent.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this audiobook free from the christianaudio Reviewers Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”