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Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan

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The Dark Side of The Land of the Rising Sun

This is the book that became the subject of a 60 Minutes expose on four yakuza receiving liver transplants at UCLA. Jake Adelstein was a police reporter in Japan for over a decade and he does a fantastic job of guiding the reader through the underworld of Tokyo and its...
This is the book that became the subject of a 60 Minutes expose on four yakuza receiving liver transplants at UCLA. Jake Adelstein was a police reporter in Japan for over a decade and he does a fantastic job of guiding the reader through the underworld of Tokyo and its environs. We, as the reader, grow with him as he gets used to his job and learns the ropes of his trade, and in some ways, also are pulled down into the darkness as he burns out and goes way over his head. A look at the underbelly of Japan that is probably unprecedented. The final third of the book is extremely dark but watching Adelstein match wits with one of Japan's most infamous gangsters is extremely entertaining and it has a very bittersweet "happy" ending. The book lingers in your mind long after you've put it down.

posted by Geographic on November 6, 2009

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Price!

This book is $1.00 cheaper with members discount for physical hardcopy- its also $5.00 cheaper at the Kindle store - you cant blame that price inbalance on the publishers

posted by saukko on February 17, 2010

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