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  • A Book of Five Rings (Go Rin no Sho)by Miyamoto Musashi

    MobileReference.com 2010; US$ 3.99

    The Book of Five Rings (Go Rin No Sho) is a text on kenjutsu and the martial arts in general, written by the samurai warrior Miyamoto Musashi circa 1645. It is considered a classic treatise on military strategy, much like Sun Tzu's The Art of War and Chanakya's Arthashastra. There have been various translations made over the years, and it enjoys... more...

  • Bushido, the Soul of Japanby Inazo Nitobe

    MobileReference.com 2010; US$ 3.99

    Bushido: The Soul of Japan written by Inazo Nitobe is, along with the classic text Hagakure by Tsunetomo Yamamoto, a study of the way of the samurai. A best-seller in its day, it was read by many influential foreigners, among them President Theodore Roosevelt, President John F. Kennedy and Robert Baden-Powell. It may well have shaped Baden-Powell's... more...

  • Mercantilism in a Japanese Domainby Luke S. Roberts

    Cambridge University Press 1998; US$ 120.00

    This book explores the historical roots of economic nationalism within Japan. more...

  • Katana: The Samurai Swordby Stephen Turnbull; Johnny Shumate

    Osprey Publishing 2011; US$ 14.49

    The Samurai sword of Japan is probably the finest edged weapon ever made. This volume, written by leading Samurai expert Stephen Turnbull, reveals the story of how and why it achieved this distinction, from the sword's unique metallurgy to its use in combat, where one stroke often decided the victor. Particular attention is paid to the development... more...

  • In the Realm of a Dying Emperorby Norma Field

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 16.95

    When the Emperor Hirohito died in 1989, Japanese newspapers had to use a special, exalted word to refer to his death, and had to depict his life uncritically, as one beginning in turbulence but ending in magnificent accomplishment. To do otherwise would have exposed them to terrorism from the vigilant right wing. Yet this insightful book by a Japanese-American... more...

  • The Pacific War: From Pearl Harbor to Okinawaby Gordon L. Rottman; Dale Dye; Robert O'Neill

    Osprey Publishing 2015; US$ 9.99

    On December 7, 1941, Japanese fighter planes appeared from the clouds above Pearl Harbor and fundamentally changed the course of history; with this one surprise attack, the previously isolationist America was irrevocably thrown into the fray and World War II had begun in earnest. This definitive history reveals each of the major battles that America... more...

  • Legends of the Samuraiby Hiroaki Sato

    Overlook 2012; US$ 9.99

    Over the decades the reputation of the samurai has grown to mythical proportions, owing to such films as Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai and Yojimbo as well as works such as James Clavell's epic Shogun . In Legends of the Samurai , Hiroaki Sato confronts both the history and the legend of the samurai, untangling the two to present an authentic... more...

  • Samurai Commanders (1)by Stephen Turnbull; Richard Hook

    Osprey Publishing 2012; US$ 14.95

    Osprey's examination of Samurai commanders during the Gempei Wars (1180?1185), the Onin War (1467?1477), and the early Sengoku period. The samurai were the military elite of medieval and early modern Japan, and the men who led them were hailed as the very greatest, most heroic and most honourable of all samurai warriors. This first of two books examines... more...

  • Samurai Commanders (2)by Stephen Turnbull; Richard Hook

    Osprey Publishing 2012; US$ 14.95

    This second volume about Japan's samurai commanders covers the generals of the later years of the Age of the Warring States (Sengoku period), a period when only the most able leaders survived. This was a time when the prowess of a commander was measured as much by his strategic and organizational abilities as by his individual fighting skills and he... more...

  • Sumo: A Pocket Guideby David Shapiro

    Tuttle Publishing 2012; US$ 9.99

    "One of the finest compact books on sumo today." — Sumo World When it was first published in 1989, Sumo: A Pocket Guide , was quickly recognized as the best compact reference to the fascinating tradition and exciting sport that is Sumo. Now completely updated by the well known sumo authority David Shapiro , the book describes the history,... more...