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|The Samurai Swordsman
The word 'samurai' invokes intense images of indomitable warriors, expert swordsman capable of taking on overwhelming odds and emerging victorious-and relatively unscathed. But the popular image of the samurai only brushes the surface of these complex warriors. Samurai Swordsman: Master of War brings to life the story behind the widespread ideal of the courageous and highly-disciplined fighting men of early Japan. Authoritative military-history expert Stephen Turnbull shows how the samurai evolved from the primitive fighters of the 7th century ...