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Michael Mair and Joy Waldron tell the story of the Kaiten, the secret manned suicide submarine used by Japan in World War II in this must-listen account.

In November 1944, the US Navy fleet lay at anchor in Ulithi Harbor, deep in the Pacific Ocean, when the oiler USS Mississinewa erupted in a ball of flames. Japan’s secret weapon, the Kaiten—a manned suicide submarine—had succeeded in its first mission.

The Kaiten was so secret that even Japanese naval commanders didn’t know of its existence. And the Americans kept it secret as well. Embarrassed by the shocking surprise attack, the US Navy refused to salvage or inspect the sunken Mighty Miss. Only decades later would the survivors understand what really happened at Ulithi, when a diving team located the wreck in 2001.

In Kaiten, Michael Mair and Joy Waldron tell the full story from both sides, from the strategic importance of the USS Mississinewa to newly revealed secrets of the Kaiten development and training schools. US Navy survivors recount their gripping experiences in the wake of the attack, as well as the harrowing recovery efforts that came later. Japanese pilots reveal their terrifying experiences training to die for their country and Emperor, never knowing when their moment of doom would come.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “If you like reading history with the details to bring it to back to life, you’ll enjoy Kaiten.”

    Ralph Wilbanks, underwater archaeologist and NUMA expedition leader

  • “A powerful tale about how an intersection of youth, patriotism, and sacrifice ended in a fiery, suicidal assault on an American warship. More than recounting a battle, this is a very human story that relives one of the most painful episodes of World War II.”

    James P. Delgado, author of Across the Top of the World

  • “Narrator Robertson Dean delivers this detailed and sometimes very personal account of a desperate and deadly Japanese attack on US forces, which was kept secret by both sides for years…Author Michael Mair’s father survived the attack. One can hear Dean’s voice quaver slightly when he recounts the many acts of individual bravery that resulted in the survival of 236 of the 299 crew members that fateful day.”


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