Top positive review
on March 12, 2011
Giles Milton in Samurai William presents the story of a beautiful place full of culture and mystique and the Europeans who suit to use Japan as a resource for their own enrichment. William Adams, the man who opened Japan for the English and other European powers by using his influence over various Japanese officials to gain sweetheart trading deals. Using engaging prose and lively vivid descriptions that place the reader inside Japan as the Europeans enter, struggle against political and economic upheaval and eventually as the men leave Japan a defeated lot. It's a tale of men motivated by greed, men addicted to power in the case of some Japanese leaders, and even the blood lust that inhabits men that leads them to compel shoguns to evict Jesuits and then exploiting later religious and political divides in the drive for money.