Publisher description for The chrysanthemum and the sword : patterns of Japanese culture / Ruth Benedict ; with a foreword by Ian Buruma.


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Essential reading for anyone interested in Japanese culture, this unsurpassed
masterwork opens an intriguing window on Japan. Benedict"s World War
II-era study paints an illuminating contrast between the culture of Japan and that of the United States. The Chrysanthemum and the Sword is a revealing look at how and why our cultures differ, making it the perfect introduction to Japanese history and customs.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Japan -- Civilization.
National characteristics, Japanese.