Ryoma by Romulus Hillsborough
Life of a Renaissance Samurai

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The founder of Japan’s first modern corporation was a swaggering swordsman who packed a Smith and Wesson, an outlaw who led a band of samurai to overthrow the shogun, and one of the most colorful figures in Japanese history. His name was Ryoma, which is the title of the only biographical novel of Japan's greatest samurai in English.

This is the authentic story of Ryoma's key role in Japan’s bloody revolution, by which the country was transformed from a land ruled by feudal lords and samurai, under the hegemony of the shogun, into a modern industrialized nation under the unifying rule of the Emperor.

Mid-19th-century Japan was a caldron of political upheaval and intrigue and bloody inner-fighting among samurai. This most enthralling age in the annals of Japan brought forth some of the most fascinating men in that nation’s history. Those men modernized Japan, and laid the foundation for the militarism of WWII and the economic powerhouse of today. This close look into the hearts and minds of those two-sworded men provides a deep insight into the political, cultural, and psychological roots of modern Japan.

About Romulus Hillsborough

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Romulus Hillsborough lived in Tokyo for sixteen years, immersing himself in the study of Japanese language, history and culture. Hillsborough's books include "Ryoma: Life of a Renaissance Samurai" and "Shinsengumi: The Shogun's Last Samurai Corps". He lives with his wife, Minako, and son, Matthew, in San Francisco.
Published May 30, 2013 by Ridgeback Press. 614 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Travel. Non-fiction

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