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About the Author
James Clavell (1921-1994) was a novelist, screenwriter, director, and World War II veteran and prisoner of war. He is best known for his epic Asian Saga novels, which launched with the 1962 bestseller King Rat, and their televised adaptations. He also wrote screenplays for such films as The Great Escape and The Fly, and was a writer, director, and producer on To Sir, with Love. His books Shōgun, Noble House, Tai-Pan, and Whirlwind were #1 New York Times bestsellers.
"A dramatic, utterly engrossing novel...Harsh and brutal in its revelations...James Clavell is a spellbinding storyteller, a brilliant observer, a man who understands much and forgives much."-- "New York Times"
"A magnificent novel."-- "Washington Post"
"Tension wound up to the snapping point."-- "Christian Science Monitor"
"Clavell's spellbinding masterpiece...is made more engrossing by flashbacks to the home front."-- "Library Journal"