Born in 1926, Jan Morris is the author of such classics as the Pax Britannica trilogy and The World, among many others. She lives in Wales.
"The short, illustrated book Morris has written about the Yamato is what she calls 'a reverie' on the varied emotions that war summons up...I think it's safe to say that Morris has also written a reverie on accepting the inevitability of death....This book itself signals yet another end: Certainly, it will be one of the very last books written about World War II by an author who saw active service in that war. That sobering fact only adds to the elegiac resonance of this magnificent little book." -- Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air