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First off: This is a scholarly text and not a spinoff from the Hollywood movie. The choice of title (the book appeared in 2004, the movie in 2003) was clearly motivated by commercial concerns and not by historical considerations, but the extensive research that went into this text was begun many yea...
An interesting look at the life of Saigo Takamori if a little superficial, in order to properly enjoy it you probably would really need to have a better understanding of more modern Japanese history. A good book for a student of the period but a little superficial for the average reader.