Well Stephen Turnbull has done it again, another fine example of well documented research. This book does not give a superficial view of the life and times of Hatamoto but it provides a deeper understanding of what the roles and responsibilities such a title had. It contains many historical examples of life of those who held the title of Hatamoto; their bravery, stupidity, recklessness etc. In fact the book defines what Hatamoto is and cracks the many myths swimming around the academic ether. Don't let the size of the book sway your opinion. Its packed with information accentuated with graphics and pictures. This is a must buy for martial historians.