The First Samurai: The Life and Legend of the Warrior Rebel, Taira Masakado ハードカバー – 2007/11/16
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A portrait of Japan's first significant samurai leader and his world
Was samurai warrior Taira Masakado a quixotic megalomaniac or a hero swept up by events beyond his control? Did he really declare himself to be the "New Emperor"? Did he suffer divine retribution for his ego and ambition? Filled with insurrections, tribal uprisings, pirate disturbances, and natural disasters, this action-packed account of Masakado's insurrection offers a captivating introduction to the samurai, their role in 10th-century society, and the world outside the capital-a must-read for those interested in early Japan, samurai warfare, or the mystique of ancient warriors.
Karl Friday (Athens, GA) is a Professor of History at the University of Georgia. A renowned expert on the samurai and early Japanese history, he has authored four books and appeared on numerous A&E, History, and Discovery Channel programs. He is active on several Web forums.
Karl Friday is a professor of history at the University of Georgia. A renowned expert on the samurai and early Japanese history, he is the author of four books and has appeared on numerous A&E, History, and Discovery Channel programs.
The author has extensive training in the old Japanese martial arts (koryu bujutsu) and it shows in his clear explanations. He is also a professor of Japanese history of U of Georgia. Of the three books of his I've read ( Legacis of the Sword, Hired Swords, The First Samurai) this is the most fun to read - the others are quite scholarly.