The Last Samurai

The Last Samurai
Author: Helen DeWitt
Publsiher: New Directions Publishing
Total Pages: 576
Release: 2016-05-31
ISBN 10: 0811225518
ISBN 13: 9780811225519
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Last Samurai Book Review:

Called “remarkable” (The Wall Street Journal) and “an ambitious, colossal debut novel” (Publishers Weekly), Helen DeWitt’s The Last Samurai is back in print at last Helen DeWitt’s 2000 debut, The Last Samurai, was “destined to become a cult classic” (Miramax). The enterprising publisher sold the rights in twenty countries, so “Why not just, ‘destined to become a classic?’” (Garth Risk Hallberg) And why must cultists tell the uninitiated it has nothing to do with Tom Cruise? Sibylla, an American-at-Oxford turned loose on London, finds herself trapped as a single mother after a misguided one-night stand. High-minded principles of child-rearing work disastrously well. J. S. Mill (taught Greek at three) and Yo Yo Ma (Bach at two) claimed the methods would work with any child; when these succeed with the boy Ludo, he causes havoc at school and is home again in a month. (Is he a prodigy, a genius? Readers looking over Ludo’s shoulder find themselves easily reading Greek and more.) Lacking male role models for a fatherless boy, Sibylla turns to endless replays of Kurosawa’s masterpiece Seven Samurai. But Ludo is obsessed with the one thing he wants and doesn’t know: his father’s name. At eleven, inspired by his own take on the classic film, he sets out on a secret quest for the father he never knew. He’ll be punched, sliced, and threatened with retribution. He may not live to see twelve. Or he may find a real samurai and save a mother who thinks boredom a fate worse than death.

The Last Samurai

The Last Samurai
Author: Helen Dewitt
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 576
Release: 2016-05-31
ISBN 10: 9780811225502
ISBN 13: 081122550X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Last Samurai Book Review:

Called remarkable (The Wall Street Journal) and an ambitious, colossal debut novel (Publishers Weekly), Helen DeWitt s The Last Samurai is back in print at last

The Last Samurai

The Last Samurai
Author: Mark Ravina
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2011-03-29
ISBN 10: 9781118045565
ISBN 13: 1118045564
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Last Samurai Book Review:

The dramatic arc of Saigo Takamori's life, from his humble origins as a lowly samurai, to national leadership, to his death as a rebel leader, has captivated generations of Japanese readers and now Americans as well - his life is the inspiration for a major Hollywood film, The Last Samurai, starring Tom Cruise and Ken Watanabe. In this vibrant new biography, Mark Ravina, professor of history and Director of East Asian Studies at Emory University, explores the facts behind Hollywood storytelling and Japanese legends, and explains the passion and poignancy of Saigo's life. Known both for his scholarly research and his appearances on The History Channel, Ravina recreates the world in which Saigo lived and died, the last days of the samurai. The Last Samurai traces Saigo's life from his early days as a tax clerk in far southwestern Japan, through his rise to national prominence as a fierce imperial loyalist. Saigo was twice exiled for his political activities -- sent to Japan's remote southwestern islands where he fully expected to die. But exile only increased his reputation for loyalty, and in 1864 he was brought back to the capital to help his lord fight for the restoration of the emperor. In 1868, Saigo commanded his lord's forces in the battles which toppled the shogunate and he became and leader in the emperor Meiji's new government. But Saigo found only anguish in national leadership. He understood the need for a modern conscript army but longed for the days of the traditional warrior. Saigo hoped to die in service to the emperor. In 1873, he sought appointment as envoy to Korea, where he planned to demand that the Korean king show deference to the Japanese emperor, drawing his sword, if necessary, top defend imperial honor. Denied this chance to show his courage and loyalty, he retreated to his homeland and spent his last years as a schoolteacher, training samurai boys in frugality, honesty, and courage. In 1876, when the government stripped samurai of their swords, Saigo's followers rose in rebellion and Saigo became their reluctant leader. His insurrection became the bloodiest war Japan had seen in centuries, killing over 12,000 men on both sides and nearly bankrupting the new imperial government. The imperial government denounced Saigo as a rebel and a traitor, but their propaganda could not overcome his fame and in 1889, twelve years after his death, the government relented, pardoned Saigo of all crimes, and posthumously restored him to imperial court rank. In THE LAST SAMURAI, Saigo is as compelling a character as Robert E. Lee was to Americans-a great and noble warrior who followed the dictates of honor and loyalty, even though it meant civil war in a country to which he'd devoted his life. Saigo's life is a fascinating look into Japanese feudal society and a history of a country as it struggled between its long traditions and the dictates of a modern future.

Hagakure The Book of the Samurai

Hagakure  The Book of the Samurai
Author: Yamamoto Tsunetomo
Publsiher: Xist Publishing
Total Pages: 89
Release: 2015-06-08
ISBN 10: 1681950448
ISBN 13: 9781681950440
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hagakure The Book of the Samurai Book Review:

A Collection of Thoughts, Sayings and Meditations on the Way of the Samurai "It is said that what is called "the spirit of an age" is something to which one cannot return. That this spirit gradually dissipates is due to the world's coming to an end. For this reason, although one would like to change today's world back to the spirit of one hundred years or more ago, it cannot be done. Thus it is important to make the best out of every generation." — Tsunetomo Yamamoto, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai A formerly secret text known only to the Samurai, Hagakure is a classic text on Bushido--the Way of the Warrior. More than just a handbook for battle, Hagakure is a text that filled with teachings that still apply in business, political and social situations today. This Xist Classics edition has been professionally formatted for e-readers with a linked table of contents. This eBook also contains a bonus book club leadership guide and discussion questions. We hope you’ll share this book with your friends, neighbors and colleagues and can’t wait to hear what you have to say about it.

Lightning Rods

Lightning Rods
Author: Helen DeWitt
Publsiher: New Directions Publishing
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2011-10-05
ISBN 10: 0811219526
ISBN 13: 9780811219525
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Lightning Rods Book Review:

The long-awaited second novel by the author of “arguably the most exciting debut novel of the decade: The Last Samurai.” (Sam Anderson, New York). “All I want is to be a success. That’s all I ask.” Joe fails to sell a single set of the Encyclopedia Britannica in six months. Then fails to sell a single Electrolux and must eat 126 pieces of homemade pie, served up by his would-be customers who feel sorry for him. Holed up in his trailer, Joe finds an outlet for his frustrations in a series of ingenious sexual fantasies, and at last strikes gold. His brainstorm, Lightning Rods, Inc., will take Joe to the very top — and to the very heart of corporate insanity — with an outrageous solution to the spectre of sexual harassment in the modern office. An uproarious, hard-boiled modern fable of corporate life, sex, and race in America, Helen DeWitt’s Lightning Rods brims with the satiric energy of Nathanael West and the philosophic import of an Aristophanic comedy of ideas. Her wild yarn is second cousin to the spirit of Mel Brooks and the hilarious reality-blurring of Being John Malkovich. Dewitt continues to take the novel into new realms of storytelling — as the timeliness of Lightning Rods crosses over into timelessness.

How To Be a Modern Samurai

How To Be a Modern Samurai
Author: Antony Cummins
Publsiher: Watkins Media Limited
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2020-08-11
ISBN 10: 1786784068
ISBN 13: 9781786784063
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

How To Be a Modern Samurai Book Review:

The first guide to using samurai self-discipline, focus and determination in order to find your unique inner power and be a success in your chosen field. This inspiring book offers historically authentic and highly effective mind-control and leadership techniques, as well as fun activities to bring a flavour of old Japan into your life. For centuries, the Japanese samurai were the unquestioned leaders of their society, maintaining their position through their iron will, Zen-like emotional control and clan-building social skills. Today, in a modern world that so often privileges instant gratification and self-indulgence, few commit to the Way of the Samurai, yet this challenging path of self-discipline, self-control and dedication will bring great rewards to those who follow it. In this ultimate guide to making use of the authentic samurai practices and techniques in today's world, learn how to control your mind and emotions, stay on the path until you have achieved mastery of your chosen art, build a network of loyal followers, defend your home from physical and psychic attack, use samurai spirituality and even magic - and much more.

The Ways of the Samurai

The Ways of the Samurai
Author: Carol Gaskin,Vince Hawkins
Publsiher: Ibooks
Total Pages: 149
Release: 2003
ISBN 10: 9780743486651
ISBN 13: 074348665X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Ways of the Samurai Book Review:

A close-up study of the history of the samurai warriors of Japan explores all aspects of a samurai's life, from training and culture to weaponry and military tactics, profiling some of the greatest warriors of the period, the epic battles in which they fought, and their influence on Japanese society. Original. 30,000 first printing.

Samurai

Samurai
Author: John Man
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2011-02-10
ISBN 10: 1409011054
ISBN 13: 9781409011057
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Samurai Book Review:

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 fighting samurai still inspires us today. In John Man's new book we discover the truth behind the legend. From 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 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.

Samurai Game

Samurai Game
Author: Christine Feehan
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2012-07-03
ISBN 10: 110158694X
ISBN 13: 9781101586945
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Samurai Game Book Review:

In a world so dark and seductive, expect nothing less than a triple-cross in this explosive Ghostwalker novel by #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan… In an underground club, a high-ranking public official spends his secret nights indulging in fantasies as exciting as they are depraved. For a seductive employee of the Dungeon, it’s her job to fulfill them. But she’s playing a far more dangerous game—one of blackmail, politics, and murder that reaches into the shadow world of the Ghostwalkers, and the creation of a spectacular, one-of-a-kind new weapon of defense. But when a dictator makes his own catastrophic moves, the Ghostwalkers have no choice but to bring in two major players—a man and woman both driven by passion and revenge. Both expendable. Both with nothing left to lose.

Shinsengumi

Shinsengumi
Author: Romulus Hillsborough
Publsiher: Tuttle Publishing
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2011-05-10
ISBN 10: 9784805311196
ISBN 13: 4805311193
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Shinsengumi Book Review:

Shinsengumi: The Shogun's Last Samurai Corps is the true story of the notorious samurai corps formed in 1863 to arrest or kill the enemies of the Tokugawa Shogun. The only book in English about the Shinsengumi, it focuses on the corps' two charismatic leaders, Kondo Isami and Hijikata Toshizo, both excellent swordsmen. It is a history–in–brief of the final years of the Bakufu, which collapsed in 1867 with the restoration of Imperial rule. In writing Shinsengumi, Hillsborough referred mostly to Japanese–language primary sources, including letters, memoirs, journals, interviews, and eyewitness accounts, as well as definitive biographies and histories of the era. The fall of the shogun's government (Tokugawa Bakufu, or simply Bakufu) in 1868, which had ruled Japan for over two and a half centuries, was the most significant event in modern Japanese history. The revolution, known as the Meiji Restoration, began with the violent reaction of samurai to the Bakufu's decision in 1854 to open the theretofore isolated country to "Western barbarians." Though opening the country was unavoidable, it was seen as a sign of weakness by the samurai who clamored to "expel the barbarians." Those samurai plotted to overthrow the shogun and restore the holy emperor to his ancient seat of power. Screaming "heaven's revenge," they wielded their swords with a vengeance upon those loyal to the shogun. They unleashed a wave of terror at the center of the revolution—the emperor's capital of Kyoto. Murder and assassination were rampant. By the end of 1862, hordes of renegade samurai, called ronin, had transformed the streets of the Imperial Capital into a "sea of blood." The shogun's administrators were desperate to stop the terror. A band of expert swordsmen was formed. It was given the name Shinsengumi ("Newly Selected Corps")—and commissioned to eliminate the ronin and other enemies of the Bakufu. With unrestrained brutality bolstered by an official sanction to kill, the Shinsengumi soon became the shogun's most dreaded security force. In this vivid historical narrative of the Shinsengumi, the only one in the English language, author Romulus Hillsborough paints a provocative and thrilling picture of this fascinating period in Japanese history.

Some Trick

Some Trick
Author: Helen Dewitt
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2018
ISBN 10: 9780811227827
ISBN 13: 0811227820
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Some Trick Book Review:

At last a new book: a baker's dozen of stories all with Helen DeWitt's razor-sharp genius

Yasuke

Yasuke
Author: Thomas Lockley,Geoffrey Girard
Publsiher: Sphere
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2019-05-02
ISBN 10: 9780751571608
ISBN 13: 0751571601
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Yasuke Book Review:

The man who came to be known as Yasuke arrived in Japan in the 16th century, an indentured mercenary arriving upon one of the Portuguese ships carrying a new language, a new religion, and an introduction to the slave trade. Curiously tall, bald, massively built and black skinned, he was known as a steadfast bodyguard of immense strength and stature, and swiftly captured the interest, and thence the trust, of the most powerful family in all of Japan. Two years later, he vanished.Yasuke is the story of a legend more than 400 years old that still captures the imagination of people across the world. It brings to life a little known side of Japan - a gripping narrative about an extraordinary figure in a fascinating time and place.

Make More Money with Your Book

Make More Money with Your Book
Author: Gini Graham Scott
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 386
Release: 2018-02-20
ISBN 10: 9781947466890
ISBN 13: 1947466895
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Make More Money with Your Book Book Review:

MAKE MORE MONEY WITH YOUR BOOK is a step-by-step guide to making money from your book and programs based on your book. Part I deals with getting started. Part II deals with creating an online sales campaign. Part III deals with using blogs, podcasts, audio books, and videos. Part IV deals with advertising, promotion, and the social media.

The Book of Awe

The Book of Awe
Author: Natasha Tessier
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 34
Release: 2012-12-05
ISBN 10: 9781481113380
ISBN 13: 1481113380
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Book of Awe Book Review:

Are you awed by the smell of flowers or the busy buzz of the bees?Are you awed by the all of the snow or the rustle of the trees?In The Book of Awe, readers are reminded to take a minute and see the beauty in the everyday things around them.

Concepts of Biology

Concepts of Biology
Author: Samantha Fowler,Rebecca Roush,James Wise
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 618
Release: 2018-01-07
ISBN 10: 9789888407453
ISBN 13: 9888407457
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Concepts of Biology Book Review:

Concepts of Biology is designed for the single-semester introduction to biology course for non-science majors, which for many students is their only college-level science course. As such, this course represents an important opportunity for students to develop the necessary knowledge, tools, and skills to make informed decisions as they continue with their lives. Rather than being mired down with facts and vocabulary, the typical non-science major student needs information presented in a way that is easy to read and understand. Even more importantly, the content should be meaningful. Students do much better when they understand why biology is relevant to their everyday lives. For these reasons, Concepts of Biology is grounded on an evolutionary basis and includes exciting features that highlight careers in the biological sciences and everyday applications of the concepts at hand.We also strive to show the interconnectedness of topics within this extremely broad discipline. In order to meet the needs of today's instructors and students, we maintain the overall organization and coverage found in most syllabi for this course. A strength of Concepts of Biology is that instructors can customize the book, adapting it to the approach that works best in their classroom. Concepts of Biology also includes an innovative art program that incorporates critical thinking and clicker questions to help students understand--and apply--key concepts.

Chromalaxing

Chromalaxing
Author: Patricia Kemke,Marybeth Kirby
Publsiher: CreateSpace
Total Pages: 90
Release: 2015-09-24
ISBN 10: 9781517331191
ISBN 13: 1517331196
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Chromalaxing Book Review:

Escape from the everyday stresses in your life and unwind with Chromalaxing, Kaleidoscope Series, Adult Coloring Book #1. The first book in this great new series. Forty intricately and delightfully designed images. Printed one side per page. The reverse side includes the image number so you can leave your thoughts and specific feedback for us per image. Your finished work may be suitable for framing or gift giving. Our website (http://www.chromalaxing.com) features fun art contests. Enter today and show us your masterpiece for a chance to win great prizes. Vote for your favorites too. Our designs offer a pleasing variety in image complexity suitable for beginner to expert-level. Provides unlimited hours of relaxing stress relief, as well as an enjoyable artistic outlet. Tap into the soothing and rejuvenating effects that coloring has been shown to produce. Join countless adults all over the world and rediscover the fun and relaxing hobby of coloring. Grab your pencils, pens... relax and explore your creative side today.

Samurai Revolution

Samurai Revolution
Author: Romulus Hillsborough
Publsiher: Tuttle Publishing
Total Pages: 608
Release: 2018-03-20
ISBN 10: 9780804850698
ISBN 13: 0804850690
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Samurai Revolution Book Review:

See the dawn of modern Japan through the lens of the power players who helped shape it — as well as those who fought against it — in this exploration of Samurai history. Samurai Revolution tells the fascinating story of Japan's historic transformation at the end of the nineteenth century from a country of shoguns, feudal lords and samurai to a modern industrialized nation. The book covers the turbulent Meiji Period from 1868 to 1912, widely considered "the dawn of modern Japan," a time of Samurai history in which those who choose to cling to their traditional bushido way of life engaged in frequent and often deadly clashes with champions of modernization. Knowledge of this period is essential to understand how and why Japan evolved into the nation it is today. The book opens with the fifteen-year fall of the Tokugawa Shogunate, which had ruled Japan for over 250 years, and the restoration of the Meiji emperor to a position of power at the expense of the feudal Daimyo lords. It chronicles the bloody first decade of the newly reestablished monarchy, in which the new government worked desperately to consolidate its power and introduce the innovations that would put Japan on equal footing with the Western powers threatening to dominate it. Finally, Samurai Revolution goes on to tell the story of the Satsuma Rebellion, a failed coup attempt that is widely viewed as the final demise of the samurai class in Japan. This book is the first comprehensive history and analysis in English covering all the key figures in this exciting drama and is the result of over twenty-five years of studying this critical period in Japanese history. The book contains numerous original translations of crucial documents and correspondence of the time, as well as photographs and maps. Samurai Revolution goes in-depth to reveal how one era ended and another began.

Of Water and Sky

Of Water and Sky
Author: Disa Dawn
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2017-06-20
ISBN 10: 9781947411012
ISBN 13: 1947411012
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Of Water and Sky Book Review:

Awaken one...awaken them all.Insomniac Piper Laurel focuses on the simple things, the feel-good things. She likes her coffee black, her wine cheap, and her men gone by morning. But when her last living relative dies, she must confront the feel-bad things. She's the last Laurel, she's almost thirty, and she's completely alone.When she returns to her sleepy seaside hometown, her ex is still as yummy as ever, and a familiar-seeming stranger is also there to tug at her heartstrings. But a love triangle isn't the only thing waiting for her. The immortal Anik has spent centuries plotting to claim the last Laurel--and a lot of innocent souls in the bargain. To survive Anik and the Realm Wars, Piper must forget her version of reality and awaken to her destiny as a Seekin, Guardian of Souls. With two men vying for her heart and hellhounds on her heels, Piper must decide who she trusts and who she loves while embracing her destiny with her eyes wide open.

Choose This Day

Choose This Day
Author: T. B. Henderson
Publsiher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Total Pages: 328
Release: 2017-03-13
ISBN 10: 9781544647821
ISBN 13: 1544647824
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Choose This Day Book Review:

As Ruben Wells kneels with a gun pointed at his head all he can do is reflect on the life he spoiled. What has led him here? Was it his willingness to always try to do the right thing that has him staring at the barrel of a gun? Or was that he was too much of a people pleaser having a hard time saying no that has led to him begging for his life? Every thing begins and ends with a choice. The moment a choice is made it only takes a second for a life to change. Ruben made a choice to initiate a relationship with the alluring Bianca Jones. She makes heads turn and every man's dream. She is beautiful as a gazelle, but as dangerous as a lioness, as she's unavailable due to being unhappily married with children. Being married doesn't keep her from wanting to pursue Ruben as well as being pursued by him. Getting involved with Bianca changes Ruben's life in ways he never could have imagined. Choices are a gift constantly given to everyone. The choices made lead to different paths. We all have to choose this day what we're going to do with our own lives not knowing what the end result will be. What kind of impact will Ruben's choices have on his life?

Safina

Safina
Author: S. Smart
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 500
Release: 2012-08-01
ISBN 10: 9780615639291
ISBN 13: 0615639291
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Safina Book Review:

When the American Ambassador to Iraq announces her true identity and sparks the Arab Revolution and Reformation of Islam on a global scale, the world is turned upside down. "Safina" is the first book in a trilogy that spans three generations of thrilling intrigue and battles, and tells her story of courageous commitment to the struggle for freedom around the globe. From Safina's cruel beginning as an abused eleven year old child bride in the deserts of Iraq, to the highest society of European aristocracy and power, she joins forces with Lieutenant Colonel, Brecken Petersen, a United States Marine Special Forces combat-hardened veteran, and takes her position as the most powerful leader on the planet. She fights every inch of her way from Basra to Amsterdam, and to Paris, on to Washington DC and finally to Egypt. She establishes the UFAS, (United Federation of Arab States), and recruits member states around the world to join the UFN (United Free Nations). Safina and her fellow revolutionaries fight to liberate Islam from 1400 years of barbaric enslavement of half its population - women. The United States Government is in flux, on the verge of civil war. Europe is wounded, and pockets of serious counter insurgencies continue to be a source of concern. Safina recruits Claude Molyneau, a world banker and financier who attempts to restore the financial foundations of Europe, and the monetary solvency of the United States. Readers who relish intrigue and espionage will like this novel. Those who appreciate a sophisticated love story will be engaged with all of their emotional and erotic senses. Individuals who thrill to the perfectly choreographed hand-to-hand combat and the expert use of martial arts and sophisticated weaponry will be in their element. Science geeks will recognize state-of-the-art new technologies that will be deployed in the near future. Political junkies will revel in the behind-the-scenes machinations that propel the world to the brink of ruination. They will glimpse what is likely to occur when Iran achieves nuclear weapons and an effective delivery system to attack Israel.Safina survives multiple attempts on her life until the last page of this book when it seems that all may be lost except.............