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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. 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 dept

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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. 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 Samurai who was finally

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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. 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


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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 thei

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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 Samurai” who was finally defeated in 1877 with the failure of the Satsuma rebellionIt reads like a novel rather than a history text in the opening chapters as the author injects his brand of humour within the narrative which is mostly sound in his attempt to be “down with the ki

  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 knack for educating and providing sources while making it sound like you're sitting across from him a

  4. says:

    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 interesting and very cool readSo imagine my bemusement when I realised that yes this is a book about the Samurai but it's also somewhat of a biography of one Saigo Takamori who is to uote John Man uoting Mark Ravina a 'revered rebel and a loyal traitor' John Man's style of writing can be uite infor

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    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 interpl

  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 tra

  7. says:

    Interesting informative reasonably detailed although in truth this book really should have been retitled Saigo t

  8. says:

    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 excell

  9. says:

    I'm usually a fan of History but this book was rough I expected a relatively short recap of Samurai culminating

  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