Japan is the world's number two economy, with a greater GDP than Britain and France combined and almost double that of China. It is also the most durable, generous, and unquestioning ally of the United States, attaching priority to its Washington ties over all else.
Give and Take offers a new history of government in Tokugawa Japan (1600-1868), one that focuses on ordinary subjects: merchants, artisans, villagers, and people at the margins of society such as outcasts and itinerant entertainers.
Exactly twenty years after the first undersea cable was laid across the English Channel in 1851, the last leg of the north- and south- bound cable networks reached Japan via Shanghai, connecting all the continents, except for the Antarctic.
Lady Murasaki's exquisite, 11th-century portrait of courtly life in medieval Japan has been widely celebrated as the world's first novel. Offering a lively and well-rounded glimpse of golden age Japan with a cast of richly conceived and nuanced characters, This translation, detailed and poetic, is scrupulously true to the Japanese original yet appeals as well to modern readers.