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Bushido by Inazo Nitobe
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Jan 03, 2009

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Read in July, 2006

The now classic book written to expose Westerners to samurai culture, and by extension Japanese culture as a whole, when Japan began to modernize at the end of 19th century. This book is now in it's 11th printing, and won much attention and applause when first printed (including the attention of President Theodore Roosevelt), so it's a notable book for that alone.

However, I would just recommend you keep an open mind while reading this and remember that Nitobe's purpose was to introduce Japan to a distant and naive Western world. That is not to say that he was entirely uncritical, but he was primarily concerned with putting Japanese culture into digestible English terms.
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