Samurai William By Giles Milton.
In 1611, London's merchants received an intriguing letter written by a marooned English mariner named William Adams, who had been living in the unknown land of Japan foe more than a decade. Seven adventurers were sent to Japan with orders to find and befriend Adams. It was believed he held the key to exploiting the opulent riches of this forbidden country; but when they arrived they discovered that William Adam had gone native.
FIRST SENTENCE: They had reached the end of the world.
Another well researched book penned by Giles Milton using a wealth of material, including letters, left by the early adventurers to Japan.
Not just the story of William 'Samurai' Adams but also men such as Richard Cocks and Richard Whickham who found themselves arrived in a strange land that though very barbaric was, in many other ways, far advanced as a society. Facing cultural and religious differences, values and beliefs, these men make this land their home.
An excellent read, well crafted and highly descriptive, Giles Milton brings history to life.
MY RATING: 4 out of a possible 5.