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- 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...
- 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...
- Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 230.00
Makes Japanese sources accessible in English Although much of the work on Japanese economic history is inaccessible to Westerners, many of Japan's leading economic historians have published widely in English. Combined with the work of Western economists who can utilize Japanese-language sources, this series assembles a wide range of English-language... more...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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 for... more...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- Taylor and Francis 2010; US$ 48.95
This volume presents the Japanese version of the history of Japan from its origins, through the subjection of Korea, the introduction of Chinese culture, rebellion in Korea, Buddhism, Taika reforms, Ainu insurrection, the founding of Kyoto as the capital, the power of Fujiwara, the founding of the Kamakura Shogunate, Hojo family, Ashikaga Shogunate,... more...