Using unexpected source material including sword inscriptions, petitions, and letters, Samurai and the Warrior Culture of Japan, 471-1877 (Hackett Publishing Company) deepens our understanding of the samurai. The addition of illustrations along with Conlan’s introduction and notes, among other details, provide crucial context for the study of samurai culture across all eras of Japanese history. This volume ultimately offers a fresh perspective on the life and experiences of samurais throughout the centuries.