Samurai Tales: Courage, Fideility, and Revenge in the Final Years of the Shogun
By Romulus Hillsborough; Tuttle Publishing, 2010
FROM FRONT JACKET FLAP:
"It was an age of chaos and turmoil. In the 1860s, Japan was at a crossroads in its history and a violent struggle was underway to determine who would lead Japan out of its feudal cocoon and into the industrial age. The samurai would be the visionaries of Japan's future and the guardians of its feudal traditions and cultures. Samurai Tales tells the timeless stories about the members of this warrior class and the vital part they played in this titanic struggle.
Samurai Tales is an uncanny testament to the samurai's unwavering devotion and innate nobility, the likes of which shall never again be seen in this world."