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The Best Books About Samurai

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.

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Jon Scieszka, Frank Miller, and Laura Joh Rowland have all written 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.
  • 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 ...more
  • 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 ...more
  • Ronin is a comic book limited series published between 1983 and 1984, by DC Comics. The series was written and drawn by Frank Miller with artwork painted by Lynn Varley. It takes place in a dystopic ...more
  • The Samurai (1989) is a history text written by Anthony J. Bryant for Osprey Books' history series.
  • Gai-Jin is a 1993 novel by James Clavell, chronologically the third book in his Asian Saga, although it was the last to be published. Taking place about 20 years after the events of Tai-Pan, it ...more
  • The Way of the Traitor (1997) is a novel by Laura Joh Rowland and the third entry in the Sano Ichiro series. In 1690 Nagasaki, Sano must crack his most sensitive case yet as he sets about to discover ...more
  • 47 Ronin: The Classic Tale of Samurai Loyalty, Bravery and Retribution

  • The Snow Empress is a 2007 mystery novel written by Laura Joh Rowland, set in the Genroku of historical Japan It is the 12th book in the Sano Ichiro series. It combines a murder mystery with a ...more
  • The Pillow Book of Lady Wisteria is a book by Laura Joh Rowland.
  • Samurai (2006) is a book written by Caroline Leavitt as part of the Edge Books "Warriors of History" series.
  • The Samurai's Garden is a 1996 novel by American author Gail Tsukiyama. Many consider it to be Tsukiyama's finest work, and an influential piece in Asian literature. The Samurai's Garden is usually ...more
  • The Samurai is a novel by Japanese author Shusaku Endo first published in 1980. It tells a fictionalized story of a 17th Century diplomatic mission to Nueva España by Japanese noblemen, and the ...more
  • Black Lotus (2001) is a novel by Laura Joh Rowland and the third entry in the Sano Ichiro series. Veteran samurai-detective Sano Ichiro, the Most Honorable Investigator of Events, Situations and ...more
  • Red Chrysanthemum (2006) is a novel by Laura Joh Rowland and the eleventh entry in the Sano Ichiro series. When the investigation brings Sano's deputy Hirata to Lord Mori's estate, he is shocked to ...more
  • Sam Samurai (2004) is a book by Jon Scieszka and Adam McCauley and is an entry in the Time Warp Trio chapter book series. An accidental haiku sends Sam, Joe and Fred back to the beginnings of the ...more
  • The Blade of the Courtesans