Although the Japanese samurai prioritized agility over protection in contrast to the heavily armoured European knight, both warriors were motivated by honour and status, seeking combat with opponents of a similar caste. This book investigates how warfare has changed throughout history, how different weapons and different tactics have sealed the fate of soldiers of all ranks, from pre-history to the present day, as well as the psychological and cultural factors that have convinced them to fight and die.
"A tense and compelling drama of the wars without and the wars within and of the flame of violence that burns through the American psyche." T.C. Boyle, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Women""""""Stunning ." . . "[Parker is] a brave and daring writer." Lisa See, "New York Times "bestselling author of "Shanghai Girls" and "Dreams of Joy""""""A great American family novel.