A HistoryBook - 2014
The complete and authentic history of the most elite class of warriors profiles one of the most infamous samurai of all time—Saigo Takamori—from his birth to his glorious death by ritual suicide that brought about the end of hundreds of years of Samurai tradition. Original. 20,000 first printing.
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.
The history of the most elite class of warriors profiles Saigo Takamori, one of the most infamous samurai of all time, from his birth to his glorious death by ritual suicide that brought about the end of hundreds of years of Samurai tradition.