on 15 November 2001
The history of Japan has been re-written. This book is a must for those who claim to know the real Japan - they will find they really know very little.
But be prepared - keep a good dictionary next to you whilst wading through this lengthy tome. To understand Japan and it's people, society and culture, this book must be read
on 2 October 2011
I started reading the book a few days ago and I am already very much into it. It highlights many aspects that contribute to the understanding of Japan before WWII, during the war and, by the time I reach the end of the book, present Japan as well.