Note To The Reader. Acknowledgments. Introduction. 1. "Powerfully Sentimental". Siago's Early Years in Satsuma. 2. "A Man Of Exceptional Fidelity." Siago and National Politics. 3. "Bones In The Earth." Exile and Ignominy. 4. "To Shoulder The Burdens Of The Realm." The Destruction of the Shogunate. 5. "To Tear Asunder The Clouds." Saigo and the Meiji State. 6. "The Burden of Death Is Light." Saigo and the War of the Southwest. Notes. Bibliography. Sources. Index.
MARK RAVINA is an associate professor of Japanese history at Emory University and Director of the East Asian Studies Program. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
?In a pacy narrative that reads like a thriller, Ravina follows Takamori through his last battle?? (Good Book Guide, April 2005)