The Nobility of Failure: Tragic Heroes in the History of Japan

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Kurodahan Press, 2013 - Heroes - 374 pages
Long recognized as a core book in any study of Japanese culture and literature, The Nobility of Failure examines the lives and deaths of nine historical individuals who faced overwhelming odds, and, realizing they were doomed, accepted their fate--to be killed in battle or by execution, to wither in exile, or to escape through ritual suicide. Morris then turns his attention to the kamikaze pilots of World War II, who gave their lives in defense of their nation in the full realization that their deaths would have little effect on the course of the war. Through detail, crystal-clear prose and unmatched narrative sweep and brilliance, Professor Morris takes you into the innermost hearts of the Japanese people.

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User Review  - loafhunter13 - LibraryThing

This work in an English language masterwork on the the Japan's concept of national heroism as embodied by historical/mythological figures. Morris is an authority and one of the pinnacles of the field ... Read full review

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User Review  - nvgomez - LibraryThing

A great work! A little text bookish but you do learn so much about the Japanese culture as you do the samurai culture and martial spirit. Well done! Read full review

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