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.
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.
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.
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.
When you are growing up, there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully -- the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you. The public library is a great equalizer.