African Samurai by Geoffrey Girard audiobook

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

By Thomas Lockley  and Geoffrey Girard
Read by Gary Furlong

Hanover Square Press, Harlequin Audio 9781335141026
10.13 Hours Unabridged
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Warrior.Samurai.Legend.The remarkable life of history’s first foreign-born samurai, and his astonishing journey from Northeast Africa to the heights of Japanese society.When Yasuke arrived in Japan in the late 1500s, he had already traveled much of the known world. Kidnapped as a child, he had ended up a servant and bodyguard to the head of the Jesuits in Asia, with whom he traversed India and China learning multiple languages as he went. His arrival in Kyoto, however, literally caused a riot. Most Japanese people had never seen an African man before, and many of them saw him as the embodiment of the black-skinned (in local tradition) Buddha. Among those who were drawn to his presence was Lord Nobunaga, head of the most powerful clan in Japan, who made Yasuke a samurai in his court. Soon, he was learning the traditions of Japan’s martial arts and ascending the upper echelons of Japanese society.In the four hundred years since, Yasuke has been known in Japan largely as a legendary, perhaps mythical figure. Now African Samurai presents the never-before-told biography of this unique figure of the sixteenth century, one whose travels between countries, cultures and classes offers a new perspective on race in world history and a vivid portrait of life in medieval Japan.

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Summary

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Warrior.

Samurai.

Legend.

The remarkable life of history’s first foreign-born samurai, and his astonishing journey from Northeast Africa to the heights of Japanese society.


When Yasuke arrived in Japan in the late 1500s, he had already traveled much of the known world. Kidnapped as a child, he had ended up a servant and bodyguard to the head of the Jesuits in Asia, with whom he traversed India and China learning multiple languages as he went. His arrival in Kyoto, however, literally caused a riot. Most Japanese people had never seen an African man before, and many of them saw him as the embodiment of the black-skinned (in local tradition) Buddha. Among those who were drawn to his presence was Lord Nobunaga, head of the most powerful clan in Japan, who made Yasuke a samurai in his court. Soon, he was learning the traditions of Japan’s martial arts and ascending the upper echelons of Japanese society.

In the four hundred years since, Yasuke has been known in Japan largely as a legendary, perhaps mythical figure. Now African Samurai presents the never-before-told biography of this unique figure of the sixteenth century, one whose travels between countries, cultures and classes offers a new perspective on race in world history and a vivid portrait of life in medieval Japan.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

African Samurai certainly alters my understanding of African and Japanese history. Yasuke, a sixteenth-century African travels to India and on to Japan where he becomes an accomplished samurai. Beyond the African stereotypes as either slaves or mythic noble savages, Yasuke emerges as an important and incredibly overlooked force in history—warrior, explorer, polyglot. 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, New York Times bestselling author
“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
“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
“The solid scholarship on and imaginative treatment of Yasuke’s life make this both a worthwhile and entertaining work.” Publishers Weekly
“Drawing on abundant sources, including archival material, the authors offer a panoramic view of politics, sex, religion, and war…A rich portrait of a brutal age.” Kirkus Reviews
“A gripping tale of politics, war, and religion that reads like an adventure story…Lockley has done a terrific job in bringing his tale to life.” Dave Rear, author of A Less Boring History of the World
African Samurai underscores what can only be defined as global blackness. The story of Yasuke’s journey into the politics and culture of feudal Japan is filled with excitement, danger, and many questions. How was this man who spent his childhood near the Nile able to follow the river of geography to India, China, and eventually Japan? 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. His story is a sharp blade cutting into invisibility.” E. Ethelbert Miller, award-winning African-American poet

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 10.13
Audience: Adult
Language: English