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Samurai William : The Englishman Who Opened Japan

By (author) Giles Milton

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With all the adventure, derring-do, and bloodcurdling battle scenes of his earlier book, Nathaniel s Nutmeg, acclaimed historian Giles Milton dazzles readers with the true story of William Adams the first Englishman to set foot in Japan (and the inspiration for James Clavell s bestselling novel Shogun). Beginning with Adams s startling letter to the East India Company in 1611 more than a decade after he d arrived in Japan Samurai William chronicles the first foray by the West into that mysterious closed-off land. Drawing upon the journals and letters of Adams as well as the other Englishmen who came looking for him, Samurai William presents a unique glimpse of Japan before it once again closed itself off from the world for another two hundred years."

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  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 129.54 x 193.04 x 20.32mm | 249.47g
  • 30 Dec 2003
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0142003786
  • 9780142003787
  • 336,665

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Giles Milton is the author of The Riddle and the Knight, a critically acclaimed history of the explorer Sir John Mandeville.

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"Adams's story is a grand one . . . [and] in Samurai William Giles Milton presents it with gusto." --Jonathan Spence, The New York Review of Books"Vivid, scrupulously researched . . . It is a sheer pleasure to read." --The New York Times Book Review

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