The Best Books About Samurai 

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List of best books about samurai, including jacket cover images when available. Though many readers think of Clavell's Shogun as the premiere samurai novel, there are many other fantastic books about the legendary Japanese swordsman of feudal Japan as wellAll these popular books on Samurai are sorted by popularity, so the highest rated books are at the top of the list. This well-researched Samurai bibliography includes out-of-print titles and generally contains the most popular, famous, or otherwise notable novels - fiction or non-fiction - about Samurai. If you're looking for a list of top books on Samurai then you're in the right place.

The list you're viewing has a variety of books in it, like The Snow Empress and The Way Of The Traitor. There are also many books by Laura Joh Rowland, including the Sano Ichiro series. You should be able to answer the question, "What are the best books about Samurai?" after checking out this list.

This greatest Samurai book list contains various bits of information, such as the author's names and what genre the books fall under. Most of these Samurai books can be bought on Amazon with one easy click.

Jon Scieszka, Frank Miller, and Laura Joh Rowland have all written books about Samurai.

Musashi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Books About Samurai
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Musashi is a Japanese novel written by Eiji Yoshikawa. It was serialized in 1935 in the newspaper Asahi Shimbun. ...more on Wikipedia

Author: Eiji Yoshikawa

First Published: 1935

Subjects: Japan

Genres (Book): Historical fiction, Fiction, Historical novel

Shogun: A Novel of Japan... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Books About Samurai
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Shōgun is a 1975 novel by James Clavell. It is the first novel of the author's Asian Saga. A major bestseller, by 1990 the book had sold 15 million copies worldwide. Beginning in feudal Japan some months before the critical Battle of Sekigahara in 1600, Shōgun gives an account of the rise of the daimyo "Toranaga". Toranaga's rise to the Shogunate is seen through the eyes of the English sailor John Blackthorne, called Anjin by the Japanese, whose fictional heroics are loosely based on the historical exploits of William Adams. ...more on Wikipedia

Author: James Clavell

First Published: 1975

Subjects: Shogun, Adventure, Japan, History

Genres (Book): Historical fiction, Fiction

Cloud of sparrows is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Books About Samurai
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Cloud of Sparrows is the first historic novel by author Takashi Matsuoka featuring the struggle of Genji, the young Great Lord of Akaoka, in the year 1861. This is only six years after Japan opened to the West and features three American missionaries who become involved with Genji, notably, Emily who hopes to find solace in Japan and build a church and Matthew, a product of the American West who seeks revenge. As Genji struggles to bring his clan to victory during turbulent times, he enlists the help of his geisha lover, his master swordsman uncle all while fighting enemy clans and ninjas. This book is praised for its cultural and historic accuracy. The second book in the series features the ...more on Wikipedia

Author: Takashi Matsuoka

First Published: 2002

Subjects: Japan, History

Genres (Book): Historical fantasy, Fiction

The Samurai is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Books About Samurai
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The Samurai (1989) is a history text written by Anthony J. Bryant for Osprey Books' history series. ...more on Wikipedia

Author: Anthony J. Bryant

First Published: 1989

Subjects: Samurai, Asia, Japan, History

Genres (Book): History