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Old June 8th, 2013, 10:06 AM   #11

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[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Samurai-World-Warrior-Stephen-Turnbull/dp/1841769517/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1370714552&sr=1-1&keywords=samurai+the+world+of+the+warrior"]Samurai: The World of the Warrior: Stephen Turnbull: 9781841769516: Amazon.com: Books@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61sjPHnBDFL.@@AMEPARAM@@61sjPHnBDFL[/ame]

Title- Samurai: The World of The Warrior
Author- Stephen Turnbull
Pages- 224
Date Published- 2003
Table of Contents- 1. The Samurai in a Nutshell 2. The genuine articles 3. A passion for ancestors 4. The samurai way of death 5. Weapons of mass destruction 6. Shields of stone 7. Samurai with a pinch of salt 8. The white tigers 9. Last of the samurai 10. The paradox of tranquility 11. Glossary 12. Bibliography 13. Index
Brief Description- A general overview of samurai history. Turnbull deals with such topics as bushido, castles, wako and cannons, among others.
Knowledge Level- Beginner
Recommended- No. - Inaccuracies and no citations.

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Sweet! Already added a new book to my wish list!
Well worth a read I'd say It's a great jumping off point for learning about Japanese modernisation.

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Samurai: The World of the Warrior: Stephen Turnbull: 9781841769516: Amazon.com: Books

Title- Samurai: The World of The Warrior
Author- Stephen Turnbull
Pages- 224
Date Published- 2003
Table of Contents- 1. The Samurai in a Nutshell 2. The genuine articles 3. A passion for ancestors 4. The samurai way of death 5. Weapons of mass destruction 6. Shields of stone 7. Samurai with a pinch of salt 8. The white tigers 9. Last of the samurai 10. The paradox of tranquility 11. Glossary 12. Bibliography 13. Index
Brief Description- A general overview of samurai history. Turnbull deals with such topics as bushido, castles, wako and cannons, among others.
Knowledge Level- Beginner
Recommended- No.
Perhaps we should clarify why we wouldn't recommend a book?
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[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Samurai-Sourcebook-Stephen-Turnbull/dp/1854095234/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1370715205&sr=1-1&keywords=the+samurai+sourcebook+stephen+turnbull "]The Samurai Sourcebook: Stephen Turnbull: 9781854095237: Amazon.com: Books@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/517B14DGNML.@@AMEPARAM@@517B14DGNML[/ame]

Title- The Samurai Sourcebook
Author- Stephen Turnbull
Pages- 320
Date Published- 1998
Table of Contents- 1. Preface 2. An Outline of Samurai History 3. Personalities and Heraldry 4. Arms and Armour 5. Strategy And Tactics 6. Battles And Sieges 7. Case Studies 8. Miscellanea 9. Bibliography 10. Index
Brief Description-A brief overview of samurai history. The most notable part of the book is a list of famous samurai as well as a list of famous battles. Works well when in a pinch and need to find quick info on a famous personality.
Knowledge Level- Beginner
Recommended- No. - Other books have become available that are much better reference material for specific names and places.
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Well worth a read I'd say It's a great jumping off point for learning about Japanese modernisation.



Perhaps we should clarify why we wouldn't recommend a book?
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[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Mongol-Invasions-Japan-1274-Campaign/dp/1846034566/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1370715883&sr=1-1&keywords=the+mongol+invasions+of+japan+1274+and+ 1281"]The Mongol Invasions of Japan, 1274 and 1281 (Campaign): Stephen Turnbull, Richard Hook: 9781846034565: Amazon.com: Books@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51LiA9-dbxL.@@AMEPARAM@@51LiA9-dbxL[/ame]

Title- The Mongol Invasions of Japan 1274 And 1281
Author- Stephen Turnbull
Pages- 96
Date Published- 2010
Table of Contents- 1. Introduction 2. Chronology 3. Opposing Commanders 4. Opposing Armies 5. The First Mongol Invasion of Japan, 1274 6. Between The Invasions, 1275-81 7. The Second Mongol Invasion, 1281 8. Aftermath 9. The Battlefields Today 10. Further Reading 11. Glossary 12. Index
Brief Description-A general overview of the Mongol Invasions of Japan. Includes great pictures and diagrams of the battlefields.
Knowledge Level- Beginner
Recommended- Yes.
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[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Samurai-Commanders-1577-1638-Elite-Vol/dp/1841767441/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1370716607&sr=8-2&keywords=samurai+commanders"]Samurai Commanders (2): 1577-1638 (Elite) (Vol 2): Stephen Turnbull, Richard Hook: 9781841767444: Amazon.com: Books@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51mzhfdHgUL.@@AMEPARAM@@51mzhfdHgUL[/ame]

Title- Samurai Commanders (2): 1577-1638
Author- Stephen Turnbull
Pages- 64
Date Published- 2005
Table of Contents- 1. Introduction 2. Warfare and Command In The Sengoku Period 3. Samurai Commanders 4. Glossary 5. Select Bibliography and Further Reading 6. The Plates 7. Index
Brief Description-Short bios on some of the notable samurai of the period, such as Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Tokugawa Ieyasu, Date Masamune, Shibata Katsuie, Kato Kiyomasa, etc.
Knowledge Level- Beginner
Recommended- No. Sparse information on the samurai mentioned in the book. Lazily researched and written.
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[ame="http://www.amazon.com/The-Last-Samurai-Battles-Takamori/dp/0471705373/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1370717183&sr=8-2&keywords=the+last+samurai+book"]The Last Samurai: The Life and Battles of Saigo Takamori: Mark Ravina: 9780471705376: Amazon.com: Books@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51ZN666EPWL.@@AMEPARAM@@51ZN666EPWL[/ame]

Title- The Last Samurai: The Life and Battles of Saigo Takamori
Author- Mark Ravina
Pages- 265
Date Published- 2004
Table of Contents- 1. Introduction 2. Saigo's Early Years In Satsuma 3. Saigo and National Politics 4. Exile and Ignominy 5. The Destruction of The Shogunate 6. Saigo and The Meiji State 7. Saigo and the War of The Southwest 8. Notes 9. Bibliography 10. Sources 11. Index
Brief Description- A biography of Saigo Takamori. One of the more notable figures of 19th century Japan.
Knowledge Level- Beginner
Recommended- Yes.
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[ame="http://www.amazon.com/The-First-Samurai-Warrior-Masakado/dp/047176082X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1370717640&sr=8-2&keywords=the+first+samurai"]The First Samurai: The Life and Legend of the Warrior Rebel, Taira Masakado: Karl Friday: 9780471760825: Amazon.com: Books@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51AQeiwJN2L.@@AMEPARAM@@51AQeiwJN2L[/ame]

Title- The First Samurai: The Life and Legend of the Warrior Rebel, Taira Masakado
Author- Karl Friday
Pages- 220
Date Published- 2008
Table of Contents- 1. Masakado and His Legacy 2. Masakado's World 3. Masakado and His Uncles 4. New Enemies and New Friends 5. Insurrection 6. Apotheosis 7. Epilogue 8. Notes 9. Bibliography 10. Credits 11. Index
Brief Description- A biography of Taira Masakado. Also a provides a nice overview of 8th-9th century Japan.
Knowledge Level- Intermediate
Recommended- Yes.
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The Mongol Invasions of Japan, 1274 and 1281 (Campaign): Stephen Turnbull, Richard Hook: 9781846034565: Amazon.com: Books

Title- The Mongol Invasions of Japan 1274 And 1281
Author- Stephen Turnbull
Pages- 96
Date Published- 2010
Table of Contents- 1. Introduction 2. Chronology 3. Opposing Commanders 4. Opposing Armies 5. The First Mongol Invasion of Japan, 1274 6. Between The Invasions, 1275-81 7. The Second Mongol Invasion, 1281 8. Aftermath 9. The Battlefields Today 10. Further Reading 11. Glossary 12. Index
Brief Description-A general overview of the Mongol Invasions of Japan. Includes great pictures and diagrams of the battlefields.
Knowledge Level- Beginner
Recommended- Yes.
This is on my reading list for the summer, good to see it get a thumbs up
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[ame="http://www.amazon.com/War-Faith-Muromachi-Harvard-Monographs/dp/0674025091/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1334456542&sr=8-1"]War and Faith: Ikko Ikki in Late Muromachi Japan (Harvard East Asian Monographs): Carol Richmond Tsang: 9780674025097: Amazon.com: Books@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41PPDDEWHBL.@@AMEPARAM@@41PPDDEWHBL[/ame]

Title- War and Faith: Ikko Ikki in Late Muromachi Japan
Author- Carol Richmond Tsang
Pages-315
Date Published- 2007
Table of Contents- 1. Introduction 2. Honganji and its World 3. Rennyo and the First Ikko Ikki, 1457-1475 4. New Headquarters, New Ikki, 1475-1489 5. Ikki and a Patriarch's Orders, 1489-1525 6. Increasing Secular Power, 1525-1554 7. From Peak to Defeat, 1554-1580 8. Conclusion 9. Reference Matter
Brief Description- A rather exhaustive look at the Ikko Ikki from their formation until their defeat at Ishiyama Honganji by Oda Nobunaga. Tsang deals with the major characters of the Ikko Ikki as well as the formation of its power base.
Knowledge Level- Advanced
Recommended- Yes.
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