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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.

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  • 1
    Musashi
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    Musashi

    Eiji Yoshikawa

    First Published1935

    SubjectsJapan

    Genres (Book)Historical fiction, Fiction, Historical novel

    Musashi is a Japanese novel written by Eiji Yoshikawa. It was serialized in 1935 in the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Shogun: A Novel of Japan
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    First Published1975

    SubjectsShogun, Adventure, Japan, History

    Genres (Book)Historical fiction, Fiction

    Shōgun is a 1975 novel by James Clavell. It is the first novel of the author's Asian Saga. A... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 3
    Cloud of Sparrows
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    3

    Cloud of Sparrows

    Takashi Matsuoka

    First Published2002

    SubjectsJapan, History

    Genres (Book)Historical fantasy, Fiction

    Cloud of Sparrows is the first historic novel by author Takashi Matsuoka featuring the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The Way of the Traitor
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    The Way of the Traitor

    Laura Joh Rowland

    First Published2012

    SubjectsPolice procedural, Police, Samurai, Japan, History

    Genres (Book)Mystery, Fiction

    The Way of the Traitor (1997) is a novel by Laura Joh Rowland and the third entry in the Sano... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 5
    Autumn Bridge
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    4

    Autumn Bridge

    Takashi Matsuoka

    First Published2004

    SubjectsWomen, Japan, History

    Genres (Book)Historical fantasy fiction, Fiction

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  • 6
    47 Ronin: The Classic Tale of Samurai Loyalty, Bravery and Retribution

    First Published2018

    SubjectsJapan, History, Samurai

    Genres (Book)Mythology & Folk tales, Japanese literature

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  • 7
    Taiko
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    4

    Taiko

    Eiji Yoshikawa

    First PublishedKodansha International

    SubjectsJapan, Japanese History

    Genres (Book)Biographical historical fiction

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    Gai-Jin
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    4

    Gai-Jin

    James Clavell

    First Published1993

    Subjects19th century, Adventure, Japan, British Cuisine, History

    Genres (Book)Historical fiction, Fiction, Novel

    Gai-Jin is a 1993 novel by James Clavell, chronologically the third book in his Asian Saga,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 9
    Frank Miller's Ronin
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    7

    First Published1983

    SubjectsSamurai, Comics

    Genres (Book)Fantasy, Fiction, Speculative fiction, Humour

    Ronin is a comic book limited series published between 1983 and 1984, by DC Comics. The series... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The Samurai
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    The Samurai

    Anthony J. Bryant

    First Published1989

    SubjectsSamurai, Asia, Japan, History

    Genres (Book)History

    The Samurai (1989) is a history text written by Anthony J. Bryant for Osprey Books' history... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 11
    The Samurai's Garden
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    The Samurai's Garden

    Gail Tsukiyama

    First Published1996

    SubjectsJapan, Japanese History

    Genres (Book)Novel

    The Samurai's Garden is a 1996 novel by American author Gail Tsukiyama. Many consider it to be... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 12
    The Samurai
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    The Samurai

    Shusaku Endo

    First Published1980

    SubjectsSamurai, Japan, History, Mexico

    Genres (Book)Historical fiction

    The Samurai is a novel by Japanese author Shusaku Endo first published in 1980. It tells a... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 13
    The Blade of the Courtesans

    First Published2008

    SubjectsHistorical thriller, Thriller, Japan

    Genres (Book)Historical fiction, Literary critiscm

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  • 14
    Samurai (Warriors of History)

    First Published2006

    SubjectsSamurai, Asia, Japan, History

    Genres (Book)History

    Samurai (2006) is a book written by Caroline Leavitt as part of the Edge Books "Warriors of... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 15
    Sam Samurai
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    Sam Samurai

    Jon Scieszka

    SubjectsSamurai, Time travel, Japan, History

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Fiction

    Sam Samurai (2004) is a book by Jon Scieszka and Adam McCauley and is an entry in the Time... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The Snow Empress
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    The Snow Empress

    Laura Joh Rowland

    First Published2007

    SubjectsEspionage, Samurai, Japan, History

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Mystery, Fiction

    The Snow Empress is a 2007 mystery novel written by Laura Joh Rowland, set in the Genroku of... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 17
    Black Lotus
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    Black Lotus

    Laura Joh Rowland

    First Published2001

    SubjectsPolice procedural, Police, Samurai, Japan, History

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Historical fiction, Mystery, Fiction

    Black Lotus (2001) is a novel by Laura Joh Rowland and the third entry in the Sano Ichiro... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 18
    Red Chrysanthemum
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    Red Chrysanthemum

    Laura Joh Rowland

    SubjectsSamurai

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Mystery, Fiction

    Red Chrysanthemum (2006) is a novel by Laura Joh Rowland and the eleventh entry in the Sano... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 19
    The Pillow Book of Lady Wisteria

    First Published2002

    SubjectsSamurai, Japan, History

    Genres (Book)Fiction

    The Pillow Book of Lady Wisteria is a book by Laura Joh Rowland.Amazon buy button