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michael rosenbaum
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Seppuku: A History of Samurai Suicide

If you 're interested the Samurai from a different perspective than that of technique, style and sword then I suggest you try this book. Sometimes we can learn more about a fighting art if we study the culture in which it originated, case in point being Andrew Rankin's book Seppuku: A History of Samurai Suicide. Well sourced and well written, Mr. Rankin's presentation is both solid and educational. http://www.amazon.com/Seppuku-History-Samurai-Andrew-Rankin/dp/4770031424/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1323355845&sr=1-1