African Samurai: The True Story of Yasuke, a Legendary Black Warrior in Feudal Japan (Reissue)


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Hanover Square Press
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5.2 X 7.9 X 1.3 inches | 0.79 pounds

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About the Author

Thomas Lockley is Associate Professor at Nihon University College of Law in Tokyo, where he teaches courses about the international and multicultural history of Japan and East Asia. He co-authored African Samurai, the first book in the world about Yasuke, the African warrior who served the Japanese warlord Nobunaga, in 2019. While Visiting Scholar at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, he did much of the research behind his new book, A Gentleman from Japan: The Untold Story of an Incredible Journey from Asia to Queen Elizabeth's Court. He and his family live in Chiba, Japan.

Geoffrey Girard is the author of more than a dozen books. Born in Germany and shaped in New Jersey, he currently teaches in Ohio. He was selected for a Writers of the Future prize in 2003, and his debut novel was nominated for a Stoker Award. He has an MFA from Miami University.


"With fast-paced, action-packed writing, Lockley and Girard offer a new and important biography and an incredibly moving study of medieval Japan and solid perspective on its unification. Highly recommended." --Library Journal (starred review)

"This fact-checked portrait of an often-mythologized warrior with manga and anime variations is an exciting and illuminating tale of action and intrigue. Fans of manga and anime will enjoy reading this excellent work of Japanese history." --Booklist (starred review)

"A readable, compassionate account of an extraordinary life." --The Washington Post

"Eminently readable.... The solid scholarship on and imaginative treatment of Yasuke's life make this both a worthwhile and entertaining work." --Publishers Weekly

"A rich portrait of a brutal age." --Kirkus Reviews

"A gripping tale of politics, war and religion that reads like an adventure story." --Dave Rear, author of A Less Boring History of the World

"The time has come for history to embrace the amazing story of Yasuke. In African Samurai words flex their muscles and pay tribute to a man of physical strength and combat skills. The writing is seductive and the reader sees the world through Yasuke's eyes. There is much to learn about the wonder of his life, and his story is a sharp blade cutting into invisibility." --E. Ethelbert Miller

"This book is not only the best account in English of Yasuke, the famous African samurai. It's also a delightful introduction to the vibrant and multicultural world of Asian maritime history. Written novelistically, with a light scholarly touch... Exciting and informative!" --Tonio Andrade, author of The Gunpowder Age

"Rarely do I read a book that challenges my worldview of history, but African Samurai certainly alters my understanding of African and Japanese history. African Samurai gripped me from the opening sentence -- a unique story of a unique man, and yet someone with whom we can all identify." --Jack Weatherford, author of Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

"African Samurai sounds like a novel, a freaking amazing novel. But Yasuke is real, and Lockley and Girard bring him and his world to life with incredible research and style. Yasuke may have lived in the 1500s, but he is a hero for our modern world. Seriously...when is the movie?" --Bret Witter, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of The Monuments Men