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  1. says:

    The preface identifies that this book is three stories intertwined Primarily it is the story of Saigo Takamori known as the Last Samurai Although this immediately conjures the movie of the same name staring the midget scientologist put that from your mind It is far from fact and should be disregardedFor the most part the book is a biography The second story referred to is the story of Japanese history from their isolatio

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    The Last Warrior is the sub title of the book it’s around 50% of the book which is solely dedicated to Saigo Takemori who was the “last Sa

  3. says:

    An excellent biography of Saigo the true last samurai Really unsure why Hollywood chose to replace him with a Westerner in the movie His story was just as moving and poignant as was his redemption after death Saigo was uite the walking contradiction easily showing that few things in this human world are black and white The author has the kna

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    I didn't read the backcover before I bought this book; I just saw the title 'SAMURAI' went my brain and thought that it would make an interestin

  5. says:

    As others have indicated the title of this book is a little deceptive Though the author does give some general b

  6. says:

    Interesting and a fast read about Saigo Takamori The Last Samurai who led the Satsuma Rebellion against the Meiji government of Japan in 1877 I would have liked depth in the treatment of this subject but what I liked about it was that Man followed in the footsteps of Saigo mainly on the southern island of Kyushu so I enjoyed the travelogue

  7. says:

    Interesting informative reasonably detailed although in truth this book really should have been retitled Saigo the Last Samurai Warrior Otherwise by the title Samurai the Last Warrior A History the reader is actually under the impression that this book is about a history of the samurai Other samurais are in the background of this book and the history period is not as long therefore as one thinks Apart from a very misl

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    I learnt a lot from this book Even after a decade in Japan there were a great deal of new discoveries John Man is an excellent writer and storyteller He tells history and adds some picturesue descriptions of Japan which blend the real with the folklore I was so happy to read about the real Saigo Sama after that Tom Cruise nonsens

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    I'm usually a fan of History but this book was rough I expected a relatively short recap of Samurai culminating in some details about their final years of relevance Instead the author is crushing on the man considered the last relevant samura

  10. says:

    As usual John Man does a splendid job with his subject The only problem I have is with one of the photographs used The caption says the photo is of Toshiro Mifune which it is not and that in the movie the Seven Samurai his character leads the samurai against bandits attacking a village Now if John Man had actually seen the movie he would see this was not the case Toshiro's character is also not a ronin but a ch

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The name 'Samurai' is synonymous with the ultimate warrior With their elaborate armour fierce swordsmanship and code of honour the samurai have become iconic figures whose influence can still be felt today From Kurosawa's epic Seven Samurai to the figure of Darth Vader in Star Wars to Manga comics and video games the figure of the fight. An excellent biography of Saigo the true last samurai Really unsure why Hollywood chose to replace him with a Westerner in the movie His story was just as moving and poignant as was his redemption after death Saigo was uite the walking contradiction easily showing that few things in this human world are black and white The author has the knack for educating and providing sources while making it sound like you re sitting across from him at a pub while he tells you the story Really am unsure why the intro to this book s entry on Goodreads et al reads The definitive history of the Samurai it s really just the biography of Saigo Nonetheless a really well done and excellently written biography It does lose one star for me in its false advertising of being a history on the Samurai class Dangerous Melody (Treasure Seekers you re sitting across from him at a pub while he tells Devoted to Drew you the story Really am unsure why the intro to this book s entry on Goodreads et al reads The definitive history of the Samurai it s really just the biography of Saigo Nonetheless a really well done and excellently written biography It does lose one star for me in its false advertising of being a history on the Samurai class

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Samurai author John Man

Ing samurai still inspires us today In John Man's new book we discover the truth behind the legendFrom his birth in the shadow of the great volcano Sakurajima to his glorious death by ritual suicide and disembowelment Saigo Takamori was the ultimate Samurai leader His fall brought about the end of hundreds of years of Samurai tradition. As others have indicated the title of this book is a little deceptive Though the author does give some general background on samurai and their culture the book is mostly about Saigo and his role in a period of rapid change in Japan in the late 1800 s The author does a good job of explaining the complex politics and interplay of the daimyos samurai shogun foreigners and emperor I ve been interested in the medieval period of the daimyos and shoguns and this book showed me the denouement of that time period The author also does a good job characterizing Saigo s personal traits of loyalty and honor and how that led him to his final resistance to the new centralized government The last chapters of the book are the best as they describe Saigo s final military actionsStill if you re looking for a history and detailed description of the samurai this isn t the book for you Also the style of the book is a little jumpy moving confusedly from descriptions of episodes in Saigo s life to general details about samurai culture to modern day scenes as the author travels Japan Her Small-Town Hero years of Samurai tradition. As others have indicated the title of this book is a little deceptive Though the author does give some general background on samurai and their culture the book is mostly about Saigo and his role in a period of rapid change in Japan in the late 1800 s The author does a good job of explaining the complex politics and interplay of the daimyos samurai shogun foreigners and emperor I ve been interested in the medieval period of the daimyos and shoguns and this book showed me the denouement of that time period The author also does a good job characterizing Saigo s personal traits of loyalty and honor and how that led him to his final resistance to the new centralized government The last chapters of the book are the best as they describe Saigo s final military actionsStill if Red Tail (Travis Trilogy you re looking for a history and detailed description of the samurai this isn t the book for Promises in Tumble Creek you Also the style of the book is a little jumpy moving confusedly from descriptions of episodes in Saigo s life to general details about samurai culture to modern day scenes as the author travels Japan

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And in many ways marks the birth of modern Japan Saigo was a man trapped by paradox a faithful servant to the emperor and yet a leader of rebel troops; a mighty Samurai warrior and also a master of Chinese poetry His life and ultimately his death offer a window into the hundreds of years of culture and tradition that defined the samurai. Interesting informative reasonably detailed although in truth this book really should have been retitled Saigo the Last Samurai Warrior Otherwise by the title Samurai the Last Warrior A History the reader is actually under the impression that this book is about a history of the samurai Other samurais are in the background of this book and the history period is not as long therefore as one thinks Apart from a very misleading title and a very misleading caption in the photograph section page 178 of the top photo that s not Toshiro Mifune and in the film Seven Samurai he s not the leader of the ronin Takashi Shimura is the leader his character wasn t even a samurai His character was a farmer not just a villager and he was after rewards not for a cause Unfortunately the beginning line on page one is also somewhat off putting It is true that George Lukas found some pieces here and there to meld into his movie franchise but there certainly wasn tisn t anything to get carried away by I have read John Man before and he usually is uite good Devoted to Drew yet a leader of rebel troops; a mighty Samurai warrior and also a master of Chinese poetry His life and ultimately his death offer a window into the hundreds of