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Autumn Lightning: The Education of an American Samurai

By David Lowry

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David Lowry found his teacher, his sensei, right in his hometown of Springfield, Missouri. Lowry makes the story of his lessons in Japanese culture, bushido, and the mental training of a warrior come alive for his readers.

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By the Sword: A History of Gladiators, Musketeers, Samurai, Swashbucklers, and Olympic Champions

By Richard Cohen

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By the Sword is an epic history of sword fighting—a science, an art, and, for many, a religion that began at the dawn of civilization in ancient Egypt and has been an obsession for mankind ever since. With wit and insight, Richard Cohen gives us an engrossing history of the world via the sword.

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Death at the Crossroads: A Samurai Mystery

By Dale Furutani

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Matsuyama Kaze is a "ronin," a Japanese knight errant. Kaze must travel across Japan until he fulfills a promise made to his dying Lord and Lady -- to find their nine-year-old daughter. As this masterless samurai searches the countryside, he is caught up in a series of mysteries that test his strength and skills as well as his Confucian training.

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Of Nightingales That Weep

By Katherine Paterson

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The vain young daughter of a samurai finds her comfortable life ripped apart when opposing warrior clans begin a struggle for imperial control of Japan.

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One Hand Clapping: Zen Stories For All Ages

By Rafe Martin and Manuela Soare

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In one of these tales of Zen wisdom, a would-be swordsman must first learn patience before he learns how to defeat his enemy.

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Samurai Japan: A Journey Back in Time

By Cromwell Productions

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Explores the history and architecture of the ancient world and featuring graphics, computer animation, and location footage. Visits the great monuments, pagodas, and temples of Buddhist Japan and considers the Samurai warriors and their code of Bushido which stresses honor, self-discipline, bravery, and simple living, as it examines the traditional society of Japan and its emphasis on balance, order, and calm.

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Samurai Warlords: The Book of the Daimyo

By Stephen Turnbull

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The samurai were the best of the military, and the daimyo were the best of the samurai. This authoritative account gives an in-depth military history of the daimyo's times as well as a discussion of the warriors' code of honor. Includes many illustrations.

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Samurai William: The Englishman Who Opened Japan

By Giles Milton

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An eye-opening account of the first encounter between England and Japan, by the acclaimed author of Nathaniel's Nutmeg. Samurai William is the fascinating story of a clash of two cultures, and of the enormous impact one Westerner had on the opening of the East.

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Samurai: An Illustrated History

By Mitsuo Kure

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This history of the samurai and their role in shaping Japanese history includes many photos of arms and armor as well as a discussion of tactics.

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Samurai: The Weapons and Spirit of the Japanese Warrior

By Clive Sinclaire

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Shows the most important samurai weapons--various types of long and short swords, and the particular component parts of them--and the forms of head and body armor designed specifically for samurai versus samurai combat.
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