Rhoda Blumberg “Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun” book review

Rhoda Blumberg “Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun” book review

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

While the book is dedicated to two Perry’s visits to Japan and probably is a good starting point for somebody completely unfamiliar with the topic, it is very short and tends to oversimplify. But I’m fine with that, as it’s a short work with many pictures. Again, a great introduction to the topic.
What I didn’t like about the book though, is an exaggeration for the sole purpose of making the read more entertaining and constant attention to the weirdness of the Japanese.
Not surprising though, as all sources are in English and mainly written by other western authors. As a result – a very one-sided representation of events. Together with simplified narrative – a dangerous mix for a book on intercultural communication.

Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun

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