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Memoirs of a Geisha
Arthur Golden
1400096898
November 2005
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
According to Arthur Golden's absorbing first novel, the word "geisha" does not mean "prostitute," as Westerners ignorantly assume--it means "artisan" or "artist." To capture the geisha experience in the art of fiction, Golden trained as long and hard as any geisha who must master the arts of music, dance, clever conversation, crafty battle with rival beauties, and cunning seduction of wealthy patrons. After earning degrees in Japanese art and history from Harvard and Columbia--and an M.A. in English--he met a man in Tokyo who was the illegitimate offspring of a renowned businessman and a geisha. This meeting inspired Golden to spend 10 years researching every detail of geisha culture, chiefly relying on the geisha Mineko Iwasaki, who spent years charming the very rich and famous.

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Hachiko Waits

0805073361


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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-5–Newman adds characters and incidents to flesh out this true story of an Akita who became a national symbol for loyalty and hope by waiting–for 10 years–at a Japanese commuter train station for his dead master to return. Hachi accompanies Professor Ueno to Shibuya Station every morning, then returns at three o'clock to welcome him back. After his owner dies suddenly at work, the dog continues his afternoon vigil for the rest of his life, earning such notoriety that the honorific "ko" is attached to his name. After his death, a statue in his memory is erected near his accustomed spot on the platform. Newman gives Hachiko a young human friend, Yasuo, who over a span of years helps to provide the dog with food and water. He later proposes to his future wife under that statue....


Hiroshima
John Hersey
0679721037
Mar 1989
Paperback
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Book Review
When the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, few could have anticipated its potential for devastation. Pulitzer prize-winning author John Hersey recorded the stories of Hiroshima residents shortly after the explosion and, in 1946, Hiroshima was published, giving the world first-hand accounts from people who had survived it. The words of Miss Sasaki, Dr. Fujii, Mrs. Nakamara, Father Kleinsorg, Dr. Sasaki, and the Reverend Tanimoto gave a face to the statistics that saturated the media and solicited an overwhelming public response. Whether you believe the bomb made the difference in the war or that it should never have been dropped, "Hiroshima" is a must read for all of us who live in the shadow of armed conflict. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Hiroshima (Apple Paperbacks)

0590208330


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From Publishers Weekly
Yep's account of the bombing of Hiroshima and its devastating aftermath is at once chilling and searing, hushed and thundering. Within a factual framework, the author sets the fictional story of a girl named Sachi, allegedly a composite of several young residents of the bombed city. On the morning of August 6, 1945, 12-year-old Sachi and her classmates pull on their pitifully inadequate air-raid hoods when an alarm sounds, signifying the approach of an American bomber. They and others feel, ironically, a deep sense of relief when the aircraft passes by-the plane's mission, in fact, is to scout out the weather over Hiroshima; if there are clouds, the Enola Gay will be directed to drop its atom bomb on another city. But a single gap opens in the clouds directly over the target site, and "the sunlight pours through...


The Rape of Nanking
Iris Chang
0140277447
Nov 1998
Paperback
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Book Review
China has endured much hardship in its history, as Iris Chang shows in her ably researched The Rape of Nanking, a book that recounts the horrible events in that eastern Chinese city under Japanese occupation in the late 1930s. Nanking, she writes, served as a kind of laboratory in which Japanese soldiers were taught to slaughter unarmed, unresisting civilians, as they would later do throughout Asia. Likening their victims to insects and animals, the Japanese commanders orchestrated a campaign in which several hundred thousand--no one is sure just how many--Chinese soldiers and noncombatants alike were killed. Chang turns up an unlikely hero in German businessman John Rabe, a devoted member of the Nazi party who importuned Adolf Hitler to intervene and stop the slaughter, and who personally saved the lives of countless...


Memoirs of a Geisha
Arthur Golden
0679781587
January 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
According to Arthur Golden's absorbing first novel, the word "geisha" does not mean "prostitute," as Westerners ignorantly assume--it means "artisan" or "artist." To capture the geisha experience in the art of fiction, Golden trained as long and hard as any geisha who must master the arts of music, dance, clever conversation, crafty battle with rival beauties, and cunning seduction of wealthy patrons. After earning degrees in Japanese art and history from Harvard and Columbia--and an M.A. in English--he met a man in Tokyo who was the illegitimate offspring of a renowned businessman and a geisha. This meeting inspired Golden to spend 10 years researching every detail of geisha culture, chiefly relying on the geisha Mineko Iwasaki, who spent years charming the very rich and famous.

The result is a...



With the Old Breed
E. B. Sledge
0195067142
Oct 1990
Paperback
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Book Description
In his own book, Wartime, Paul Fussell called With the Old Breed "one of the finest memoirs to emerge from any war." John Keegan referred to it in The Second World War as "one of the most arresting documents in war literature." And Studs Terkel was so fascinated with the story he
interviewed its author for his book, "The Good War." What has made E.B. Sledge's memoir of his experience fighting in the South Pacific during World War II so devastatingly powerful is its sheer honest simplicity and compassion.
Now including a new introduction by Paul Fussell, With the Old Breed presents a stirring, personal account of the vitality and bravery of the Marines in the battles at Peleliu and Okinawa. Born in Mobile, Alabama in 1923 and raised on riding, hunting, fishing, and a respect for history...


Samurai: The Story of Japan's Great Warriors
Stephen Turnbull
1856487032
May 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Four vellum sections build up the layers of armor worn by the samurai, and text by a world-recognized expert on the subject, provide an inimitable look at the mysterious ancient Japanese warrior class. Every image and page offers fascinating insight, from an overview of early Japan and the emperor system to the specifics of weaponry. The story begins as the samurai come into being in the 800s, and defines exactly what they are. Tales of the great battles and feuds, and commentary on the politics of the time, bring these compelling soldiers to life. The comprehensive information covers such issues as the samurai's ranks and grades, way of life, retainers, loyalty (bushido), and training. An absolutely compelling guide.


Himeji Castle: Japan's Samurai Past (Castles, Palaces & Tombs)

1597160016


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Memoirs of a Geisha
Arthur Golden
0375400117
September 1997
Hardcover
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Book Review
According to Arthur Golden's absorbing first novel, the word "geisha" does not mean "prostitute," as Westerners ignorantly assume--it means "artisan" or "artist." To capture the geisha experience in the art of fiction, Golden trained as long and hard as any geisha who must master the arts of music, dance, clever conversation, crafty battle with rival beauties, and cunning seduction of wealthy patrons. After earning degrees in Japanese art and history from Harvard and Columbia--and an M.A. in English--he met a man in Tokyo who was the illegitimate offspring of a renowned businessman and a geisha. This meeting inspired Golden to spend 10 years researching every detail of geisha culture, chiefly relying on the geisha Mineko Iwasaki, who spent years charming the very rich and famous.

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The Lone Samurai
William Scott Wilson
477002942X
Oct 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Musashi is primarily known in the West as the author of The Book of Five Rings, a guide to swordsmanship strategies that became a essential business-strategy manual in the 1980s. Wilson, having translated Musashi's book into English, turns for the first time to biography, with as complete a life of the man behind the sword as possible, given his legendary stature and peripatetic, largely undocumented story. Musashi lived in the 17th century and had his first match at 13 with a shugyosha (an older, professional swordsman); only Musashi walked away alive. For three decades, he wandered feudal Japan, moving from patron to patron, taking on opponents in formal and informal matches, teaching others his art and sometimes taking part in clan and regional rivalries. He eventually settled in southern Japan, where his...


Memoirs of a Geisha
Arthur Golden
0307275167
November 2005
Paperback
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Book Review
According to Arthur Golden's absorbing first novel, the word "geisha" does not mean "prostitute," as Westerners ignorantly assume--it means "artisan" or "artist." To capture the geisha experience in the art of fiction, Golden trained as long and hard as any geisha who must master the arts of music, dance, clever conversation, crafty battle with rival beauties, and cunning seduction of wealthy patrons. After earning degrees in Japanese art and history from Harvard and Columbia--and an M.A. in English--he met a man in Tokyo who was the illegitimate offspring of a renowned businessman and a geisha. This meeting inspired Golden to spend 10 years researching every detail of geisha culture, chiefly relying on the geisha Mineko Iwasaki, who spent years charming the very rich and famous.

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Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway
Jonathan B. Parshall, Anthony Tully
1574889230
December 15, 2005
Hardcover
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John B. Lundstrom, author of "The First Team: Pacific Naval Air Combat from Pearl Harbor to Midway"
"To really know about the Battle of Midway, you must read this book."

Robert J. Cressman, editor and principal author of "A Glorious Page in Our History: The Battle of Midway"
"Extensively researched, soundly reasoned, and engagingly and colorfully written..."

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Autobiography of a Geisha
Sayo Masuda
0231129513
May 2005
Paperback
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Book Review
Sayo Masuda’s Autobiography of a Geisha offers a story of unremitting hardship faced by a hot-springs geisha, a virtual indentured sex-slave in pre-World War II Japan.

Born in 1925, Masuda began work as a nursemaid at age 5 and suffered a childhood of emotional and material poverty. She was then sold to the Takenoya geisha house in Upper Suwa at age 12. While her food and clothing were provided for by Takenoya, she was subject to constant verbal abuse as an apprentice. At one point, she was heaved down the stairs by her "Mother" (the name she uses for the proprietor of the geisha house) and nearly lost a leg. During her recovery, she attempted suicide and further injured herself.

Eventually, Masuda mastered the art of seduction as a geisha. The middle portion of the narrative is taken up with stories of her...



The Machine That Changed the World : The Story of Lean Production
James P. Womack, et al
0060974176
November 1991
Paperback
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New York Times Magazine
"The fundamentals of this system are applicable to every industry across the globe...[and] will have a profound impact on human societyit will truly change the world."

-- Business Week
"The best current book on the changes reshaping manufacturing and the most readable."

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Blossoms in the Wind
M. G. Sheftall
0451214870
July 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
An independent scholar, long a resident of Japan, has produced a superior addition to the literature on Japan's tokko, or suicide, warriors. Suicidal missions—in the air (both conventional aircraft and the ineffective Ohka guided bomb) and at sea (the even less effective Kaiten manned torpedo)—had been under development during much of WWII, but the large-scale operations were launched in defense of the Philippines in October 1944. Thanks to unparalleled access to the surviving tokko personnel and a gift for characterization worthy of a first-rank novelist, the author gives us an extraordinary range of humanity, including Toshio Yoshitake, who flew obsolete attack planes all over the Philippines; Tokuro Takei, who became a suicide pilot while a teenager; and Iwao Fukagawa, holding his father's hand in...


Gai-Jin: A Novel of Japan
James Clavell
044021680X
April 1994
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
The second volume in Clavell's Shogun quartet was a 13-week PW bestseller. Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews
Back to feudal Japan, which now enters the modern world, from the master of the three-decker behemoth (Shogun, Tai-pan, Noble House, etc.). Once you're into it, you forgive Clavell his galloping grammar and anachronisms and are swept along by spirited storytelling. Although Clavell clearly takes this hackwork as weighty and worthy entertainment, the heart quails at a serious weighing of a novel peopled with larger-than-life comic-strip characters caught up in clich‚s of Japanese exotica and international business deals as well as of internecine warfare--all of which Clavell writes at full throttle as if infused by the soul of...


Shogun
James Clavell
0440178002
September 1986
Mass Market Paperback
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Review
"Superbly crafted...grips the reader  like a riptide...gets the juices flowing!" --  Washington Star.

"Exciting,  totally absorbing...be prepared for late nights,  meals unlasting, buisness unattended..." --  Philadelphia Inquirer.  

"Adventure and action, the suspense of danger, shocking,  touching human relationships...a climactic human  story." -- Los Angeles  Times.

Review
"Superbly crafted...grips the reader  like a riptide...gets the juices flowing!" --  Washington Star.

"Exciting,  totally absorbing...be prepared for late nights,  meals unlasting, buisness unattended..."...


Japan
W. Scott Morton
0071412808
Aug 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Once a star of postwar industrial production and methods,Japan has encountered serious trouble with market forces inrecent years. Social changes and departures from tradition arebecoming more common in this conservative country. Therevised edition of the popular work, Japan: Its History andCulture, Fourth Edition , documents and explains thesechanges. Seamlessly blending current events, politics, andcultural elements, the authors provide a riveting account ofa nation often misunderstood by the West.

From the Back Cover

A fascinating look at Japan's complex history



Japan
Ann Heinrichs
051626172X
September 1997
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4?Serviceable titles for young report writers. The print is large and the information is up-to-date. Basic overviews are provided of of each country?geography, lifestyles, history, economy (including major crops, minerals, and manufactured goods), and arts and culture. Simple maps suitable for tracing are included. One might question the size of the Mexico City metropolitan area or the information on China's Great Wall, but these are minor quibbles. Coverage of Chinese history is very selective, the focus generally being on the later dynasties?the Mongols with Kublai Khan, the Ming, and the Manchu?and, of course, the Communists. In Japan, some subjects, such as history and the description of written Japanese language, suffer from the brevity of the coverage. Early rulers are described as coming from...


The Assassin's Touch : A Thriller (Sano Ichiro)
Laura Joh Rowland
0312319002
August 1, 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
At the start of Rowland's assured 10th historical set in 17th-century Japan (after 2004's The Perfumed Sleeve), Sano Ichiro, now the shogun's chamberlain and second-in-command, returns to his previous role of criminal investigator after the country's top spy, Ejima Senzaemon, drops dead on his mount during a horse race. Sano quickly finds that Senzaemon was just the latest senior official to die without warning. With the assistance of Hirata, his longtime assistant, the chamberlain uses his highly irregular sources to get on the trail of a martial-arts master using the legendary dim-mak, or touch of death. As always, the potential political ramifications of the crimes, which threaten the regime's precarious hold on power, add urgency to the inquiries, and failure risks not only Sano's status but his family's...


Japan
Paul Norbury
1558687076
Jan 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Culture Smart! Is a new series of travel guides written for the traveler on the go. Each volume is a quick, accurate guide to customs and etiquette. Outstanding features of CULTURE SMART! * all the essential cultural and etiquette points are covered, making you confident in a variety of situations. * You will know what to expect in each particular culture * You will learn how to behave in specific social and business situations * Essential attitudes and values are clearly explained * You will find each topic a quick, easy read due to the concise writing style * Small and light, it tucks into your pocket or purse for on-the-go use. * Your Culture Smart! Books are written by a staff of experts who consult on world travel as a profession.


Samurai
Mitsuo Kure
0804832870
Apr 2002
Hardcover
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The Samurai's Garden
Gail Tsukiyama
0312144075
April 1996
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Set in Japan just before WWII, Tsukiyama's novel tells of a young Chinese man's encounters with four locals while he recuperates from tuberculosis. Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal
Seventeen-year-old Stephen leaves his home in Hong Kong just as the Japanese are poised to invade China. He is sent to Tarumi, a small village in Japan, to recuperate from tuberculosis. His developing friendship with three adults and a young woman his own age brings him to the beginnings of wisdom about love, honor, and loss. Given the potentially interesting subplot (the story of a love triangle doomed by the outbreak of leprosy in the village) and the fascinating period in which the book is set, this second novel by the author of Women of the Silk (St....


Shotokan's Secret: The Hidden Truth Behind Karate's Fighting Origins
Bruce Clayton
0897501446
July 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Learn how the hard-style karate that became shotokan took shape in 19th century Okinawa as an embattled king with an unarmed force of bodyguards faced an armed invasion from overseas. In this new 328-page book, author Bruce D. Clayton, Ph.D., uses rare sketches, footnoted historical research, archival lithographs, period photographs and contemporary technique demonstrations to reveal shotokan’s deadly intent and propose modern practical applications of such knowledge. Achieve a new level of theoretical understanding and fighting ability by learning Shotokan’s Secret for yourself!


Midway
Mitsuo Fuchida
1557504288
Mar 2001
Paperback
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Military Review
"An enlightening account of the Japanese naval leaders of the time..." --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

Baltimore Sun
"...by knowing what went on aboard the Japanese warships, some of the mysteries of the battle can be explained." --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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Among the Dead Cities: The History and Moral Legacy of the WWII Bombing of Civilians in Germany and Japan
A. C. Grayling
0802714714
March 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. The Allied bombing of Axis cities, which killed hundreds of thousands of civilians and made smoking ruins of Dresden, Tokyo and Hiroshima, remains one of the great controversies of WWII; this probing study does the issue full justice. Philosophy professor Grayling (The Meaning of Things) focuses on Britain's "area bombing" of entire German cities, a strategy adopted initially because bombers couldn't hit smaller sites and then, as attitudes hardened, continued as a deliberate attack on civilian morale. Grayling scrupulously considers the justifications for area bombing—that it would shorten the conflict by destroying Germany's economy and will to resist, that civilian workers were also combatants or that it was simply the rough justice of war—and finds them wanting. British...


Gai-Jin
James Clavell
0385310226
May 1, 1993
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Clavell is in top-notch form in this sequel to Tai-pan , the second novel in what will be the Shogun quartet. In another monumental panorama of historic Asia, he again melds plot-driven storytelling and colorful characterization in vibrant collaboration with an exotic, dynamic setting. In 1862, as Japan slowly opens its doors to foreigners, or gai-jin , 20-year-old Mark Struan--grandson of Dirk Struan, founder of the Noble House commercial dynasty--is horseback-riding in Yokohama with other young Westerners, including beautiful Angelique Richaud, ward of the French Minister. In a brutal attack on their party, samurai bodyguards of Sanjiro, Daimyo of Satsuma, kill a young trader and grievously injure Struan. That night, as envoys of various nations try to discern why the Japanese would provoke an international...

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