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  • 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...

  • People Who Eat Darknessby Richard Lloyd Parry

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2012; US$ 16.99

    Lucie Blackman?tall, blond, twenty-one years old?stepped out into the vastness of Tokyo in the summer of 2000, and disappeared forever. The following winter, her dismembered remains were found buried in a seaside cave.   Richard Lloyd Parry, an award-winning foreign correspondent, covered Lucie?s disappearance and followed the massive search... 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...

  • The War Belowby James Scott

    Simon & Schuster 2013; US$ 15.95

    ?Beautifully researched and masterfully told? (Alex Kershaw, New York Times bestselling author of Escape from the Deep ), this is the riveting story of the heroic and tragic US submarine force that helped win World War II in the Pacific. Focusing on the unique stories of three of the war?s top submarines? Silversides , Drum , and Tang ? The War... more...

  • Japanese Pacific Island Defenses 1941-45by Gordon Rottman; Ian Palmer

    Osprey Publishing 2012; US$ 13.95

    The prolonged and bloody fighting for control of the Japanese occupied Pacific islands in World War II is a key point in 20th-century warfare. No two islands were alike in the systems and nature of their defensive emplacements, and local improvization and command preferences affected both materials used and defensive models. This title details the... more...

  • Ki-43 Oscar Aces of World War 2by Hiroshi Ichimura; Jim Laurier

    Osprey Publishing 2012; US$ 15.95

    Dubbed the 'Oscar' by the Allies, the Ki-43 Hayabusa was the most prolific Japanese fighter of World War II. Produced in great numbers, it initially proved superior to most US and British fighter types, due to its excellent maneuverability. The light weight and large wing area gave it a small turning radius and a high rate-of-climb which was ideal... more...

  • Samurai Armies 1467-1649by Stephen Turnbull

    Osprey Publishing 2013; US$ 15.95

    The Sengoku Jidai or "Age of Warring States" is the time of the samurai - Japan's military aristocracy. A period of endemic warfare where the absence of unifying central control led to constant struggles between the daimyo (or "Great Names") who sought to protect and extend the influence of their respective families through political and military means.... more...

  • Beyond the Western Liberal Orderby Ryoko Nakano

    Palgrave Macmillan 2012; US$ 100.00

    This book introduces the political thought of Yanaihara Tadao (1893-1961), the most prominent Japanese social scientist working on empire, population migration and colonial policy, and uses it as a platform which to examine the global challenges faced by the U.S. hegemonic world order today, or what is often described as the Western liberal order. more...