Japan -- history

The Last Samurai: The Life and Battles of Saig? Takamori

By Mark Ravina

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The dramatic arc of Saigo Takamori's life, from his humble origins as a lowly samurai, to national leadership, to his death as a rebel leader, has captivated generations of Japanese readers and now Americans as well - his life is the inspiration for a major Hollywood film.

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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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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 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 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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