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Great detailed examination of Japan's early relationship/love affair with firearms.Published 1 month ago by Richard M. Duffy
Amazing history. Must read for anyone who designates themselves a true warrior and historical buff.Published 7 months ago by combatmunkey
I this book, Noel Perrin shows an example of a society that chose to reject a piece of technology. The book uses interesting pictures, which I enjoyed looking at as much as I... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Kimberly De Boer
Perrin was an English professor, not a historian, and it shows in the quality of the work he produced. Read morePublished on April 4, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I readily confess not to being an expert in Japanese history, or even particularly knowledgeable about it, but I was loaned this little book, which was sufficiently short to be... Read morePublished on November 13, 2011 by Teemacs
What a wonderful book! I wondered if it was gonna be too academic to enjoy. On the contrary, it was a great read. Read morePublished on November 26, 2009 by six lalala
"Giving Up the Gun" isn't intended to be exhaustive or deeply detailed. It's the story of one civilization's conscious choice to forgo a modern technology in favor of tradition,... Read morePublished on June 19, 2008 by mirasreviews
Guns are great equalizers. With a gun, a cheap punk can become a lord of crime, a splay-footed peasant can become a legendary dacoit. Read morePublished on February 24, 2008 by Gio