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Origin in Death
J.D. Robb
Making Sense of Japanese: What the Textbooks Don't Tell You
Jay Rubin

The Japanese Today: Change and Continuity

Japanese Today: Change and Continuity, Enlarged Edition - Edwin O. Reischauer, Marius B. Jansen After reading Gordon's book, this one felt superficial. However still decent survey on Japanese culture, history, and politics. It gave more insight into the actual culture than Gordon's work and significantly more accessible in terms of writing style. While it filled in the blanks for me, it treated most of the topics superficially --- almost like a traveller's history but not comprehensive by any stretch.