Quite honestly, I did not have good impression on either Kanetsugu Naoe or Kagekatsu Uesugi, since I thought they missed the Shogun position after all, and survived by changing their loyalty to their masters who became Shogun later on. But, this book changed entire impression of Naoe and Uesugi. I almost believe myself that "Love" Naoe advocated is transmitted to my brain through this book.
Masashi Hisaka, the author described Naoe and the people around him in his age as alive as they could be, including their tears, sweat, blood, pain, and effort. Despite the fact that Naoe being very good general and fighter, at the same time excellent governpr loved by his people. Japanese some times say "Bunbu - Ryodo". It means prominent in fighting in war at the same time good at politics and achademic field. Naoe was one of few general who was good at the time of war or peace. But he was not a saint, the author was successful vividly describing his agony, pain, and fear of fighting and surviving the difficult time.
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