Samurai: A History by John ManSamurai: A History by John Man

Samurai: A History

byJohn Man

Paperback | February 18, 2014

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The inspiration for the Jedi knights of Star Wars and the films of Akira Kurosawa, the legendary Japanese samurai have captured modern imaginations. Yet with these elite warriors who were bound by a code of honor called Bushido—the Way of the Warrior—the reality behind the myth proves more fascinating than any fiction. In Samurai, celebrated author John Man provides a unique and captivating look at their true history, told through the life of one man: Saigo Takamori, known to many as "the last samurai." In 1877 Takamori led a rebel army of samurai in a heroic "last stand" against the Imperial Japanese Army, who sought to end the "way of the sword" in favor of firearms and modern warfare. Man's thrilling narrative brings to life the hidden world of the samurai as never before.

John Man is the author ofAttila, Genghis Khan, The Great Wall, Gobi: Tracking the Desert, Ninja, Samurai, and other works. Educated at Oxford and the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, he was awarded Mongolia’s Friendship Medal in 2007.
Title:Samurai: A HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.83 inPublished:February 18, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062202677

ISBN - 13:9780062202673

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for lovers of history As expected of John Man, this book is very informative and very easy to read. The way Man explains the details of the topic is almost like he is telling a story, which makes this book very pleasant to read.
Date published: 2017-08-23

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“An engaging look at the final days of a military elite.”