Bought this book after surfing Amazon.com for Dr. Hata. During the Vietnam War, I went to Japan on R&R. In 1971 received two A's for my participation in his classes: Japanese History Before 1856 and Asians in America. It was my Junior year in College, and I was just starting to get serious about myself. Dr. Hata helped. Not only in being an excellent teacher, but acting as my mentor, e.g. when I saw him during office hours, he told me in his classes each mistake in spelling or typing would result in the lowering of one grade. Believe me, I toed the line, and this was in the days of the typewriter. Have not read the book. Browsed it, and believe it will a be an excellent read. Thank you Most Honorable Donald Hata.