Romulus Hillsborough has been writing about the history and culture of the Meiji Restoration (1853-1868) since the mid-1980s. His critically acclaimed Ryoma: Life of a Renaissance Samurai (Ridgeback Press, 1999) is the only biographical novel in English of Sakamoto Ryōma. Shinsengumi: The Shōgun’s Last Samurai Corps (Tuttle, 2004) is the only English-language history of the Shinsengumi. Hillsborough’s most recent book, Samurai Tales: Courage, Fidelity, and Revenge in the Final Years of the Shogun (Tuttle, 2010), is a collection of historical sketches of real people and events, also from the Restoration era. Hillsborough lived in Japan for sixteen years. Now based near San Francisco, CA, he is currently completing an extensive history of the fall of the Tokugawa Shogunate from the perspective of Katsu Kaishu, one of the most important men of the era. (3/2011)

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