Martial Arts

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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The Book of the Sword

By Richard Francis Burton

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Eloquent, erudite history of the sword--from prehistory to early Roman Empire. Evolution and development of early swords, variations (sabre, broadsword, cutlass, scimitar, etc.), and much more.

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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 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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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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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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Tiger

By Jeff Stone

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Five young warrior-monk brothers survive an insurrection and must use the ancient arts to avenge their Grandmaster.

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