Thursday, December 11, 2008

A new book by Taniguchi Katsuhiro

I just bought Taniguchi Katsuhiro's new book Nobunaga to Kieta Kashintachi Monday at my local Book-Off branch in San Diego.

Taniguchi Katsuhiro. Nobunaga to Kieta Kashintachi. (Tokyo: Chuokooron-Shinsha, 2007).

This book is a gem and unlike Fujimoto Masayuki who often stabs Nobunaga behind the back, this book is full of information. The book discusses how many of Nobunaga's retainers disappeared. They were killed or banished starting in 1570.

The book starts off in 1570 since it was about this time Nobunaga was tested as a military leader and politician. The first causality on the list was Mori Yoshinari. He was killed fighting the Azai in the Battle of Sakamoto/Usayama in 1570. A big blow to Nobunaga. Yoshinari's would become famous, Mori Ranmaru, Nobunaga's flower boy.

The book continues with losses at the Battle of Mikata ga hara (1572) and the banishment of shogun Ashikaga Yoshiaki (1573). It goes into great detail on the incident with Tokugawa Ieyasu's wife and son. Both were killed to save the Oda/Tokugawa alliance. Also Taniguchi gives answers why Ieyasu's uncle, Mizuno Nobumoto was killed off as well.

Taniguchi goes into great length on the banishment of Sakuma Nobumori and Hayashi Hidesada in 1580. It was not all about banishment and killed off in war. Many rebelled against Nobunaga. For example, Matsunaga Hisahide, Bessho Nagaharu, and Araki Murashige rebelled against Nobunaga.

Of course, Akecki Mitsuhide was successful in 1582. However, the book goes into Nobunaga's character as well. The only problem I have with this book is that there was no bibliography. I do give this book a thumbs up. A great read and well researched book.

Nobunaga no tame! Tenka no tame!

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