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Publisher's Summary

Over the decades, the reputation of the samurai has grown to mythical proportions, owing to such films as Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai and Yojimbo, as well as works such as James Clavell's epic Shogun.
In Legends of the Samurai, Hiroaki Sato confronts both the history and the legend of the samurai, untangling the two to present an authentic picture of these legendary warriors.
Through his masterful translations of original samurai tales, laws, dicta, reports, and arguments accompanied by insightful commentary, Sato chronicles the changing ethos of the Japanese warrior from the samurai's historical origins to his rise to political power.
A fascinating look at Japanese history as seen through the evolution of the samurai, Legends of the Samurai stands as the ultimate authority on its subject.
©1995 Hiroaki Sato (P)2016 Gildan Media LLC
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By Sharon S. Dorondo on 06-25-17

Like nails on a chalkboard....

With so many Japanese names, places, quotes and poetry, couldn't they get a reader who could pronounce them correctly? The reader was good if it was English, but treated what is a beautiful language, terribly. I believe it did this book a great disservice. Listening to the readers pronunciation of Japanese, was like nails on a chalkboard. There was lots of good information, but the mispronunciation for me was very distracting and frustrating. Unfortunate.

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By tyler on 11-29-17

Pretty Bad

What would have made Legends of the Samurai better?

I downloaded this for a class I was in. The reader nearly put me to sleep when I was listening.

What could Hiroaki Sato have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

This subject wasn't much of interest to me. So with that being said it is difficult for me to give an unbiased opinion

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He was very monotone. I did not enjoy his voice and I thought his reading style was boring.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I helped me realize and recognize that the samurai were a complex and proud people. But they were also babaric. Very good historical account, probably would enjoy it if you were into asian history.

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