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From the PublisherPraise for Stephen Turnbull's Samurai - World of the Warrior from Professor Richard Holmes:
"A lively and compelling study of the samurai, the warrior elite of old Japan. Stephen Turnbull blends real scholarship with a flair for story telling to create a gripping account. It is good to see illustrations that rise to the high quality of the text to produce a book wholly worthy of the remarkable characters it describes."
On the paperback edition:
"Both spirituality and military history collections - as well as those strong in Japanese history in particular - will welcome The Samurai and the Sacred, a fine study examining the spiritual world of the samurai from their involvement in Japanese mainstream religions to their feature in Christianity and folk religions. Samurai expert Stephen Turnbull offers a detailed look at Japanese religion and religious terrorism in a powerful study suitable for any serious Japanese spirituality buff." -The California Bookwatch (September 2009)