The astrophysicist Carl Sagan famously called writing "perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs." "Books," he said, "break the shackles of time." In that sense, reading "Hagakure: The Secret Wisdom of the Samurai" lets the reader escape into Japan's feudal past for a chat with a warrior.

Hagakure: The Secret Wisdom of the Samurai, by Yamamoto Tsunetomo Translated by Alexander Bennett.
TUTTLE, Nonfiction.
Rating: ★★★★★