Geoffrey Girard

AFRICAN SAMURAI
by Thomas Lockley and Geoffrey Girard
Hanover Square Press (HarperCollins)

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The remarkable life of history’s first foreign-born samurai, and his astonishing journey from Africa to the heights of Japanese society.

When Yasuke arrived in Japan in the late 1500s, he'd already traveled much of the known world. Kidnapped as a child, and trained into a boy soldier in India, he was now bodyguard to the head of the Jesuits in Asia.

From the volatile port city of Nagasaki to travel on pirate-infested waters, he lived it all and learned more every day. Among those drawn to his presence was Lord Nobunaga, head of the most powerful clan in Japan. Soon, Yasuke was learning the traditions of Japan’s martial arts, fighting in battles, and ascending to the upper echelons of Japanese society as samurai.

African Samurai presents the never-before-told biography of this unique figure, whose travels between countries, cultures, and classes offers a new perspective on world history and a vivid portrait of life, faith, and war in medieval Japan.




A Publishers Weekly Top Ten Upcoming History Title

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Praise for AFRICAN SAMURAI:
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"Lockley and Girard deftly survey the cultural and geopolitical aspects of feudal Japan... make excellent use of primary sources, creating an engaging narrative. An exciting and illuminating tale of action and intrigue."
Booklist
[★ Starred Review ★]
"With fast-paced, action-packed writing, Lockley and Girard offer a new and important biography and an incredibly moving study of medieval Japan and solid perspective on its unification. Highly recommended."
Library Journal
[★ Starred Review ★]
     
"Eminently readable...The solid scholarship on and imaginative treatment of Yasuke’s life make this both a worthwhile and entertaining work."
Publishers Weekly
  "A fast-paced, novelistic history of Japan’s feudal past... a panoramic view of politics, sex, religion, and war. A rich portrait of a brutal age."
Kirkus
     
"AFRICAN SAMURAI is phenomenal.
In an era when dragon queens and superheroes rule pop culture, Yasuke’s story still feels like an impossibility. The afterword alone is a history buff’s dream, laying out an encyclopedic knowledge of important figures of history as they relate to Yasuke’s world. A tremendous new nonfiction book that rivals any high fantasy novel out."
The Houston Chronicle
 
"AFRICAN SAMURAI cuts through our preconceived notions of the past. Retroactive representation is as important as modern representation; while the latter tells us what we may become, the former tells us what we have already achieved. An extraordinary story that feels especially poignant today."
Paste Magasine
     
"Gary Furlong narrates a vivid biography. Furlong's youthful voice coupled with natural-sounding accents and an engaging tone combine for a captivating listen that's difficult to pause. The narration and writing complement each other well."
AudioFile Magazine
  "A readable, compassionate
account of an extraordinary life."

The Washington Post
     
"The time has come for history to embrace the amazing story of Yasuke. In African Samurai words flex their muscles and pay tribute to a man of physical strength and combat skills. The writing is seductive and the reader sees the world through Yasuke’s eyes. There is much to learn about the wonder of his life. His story is a sharp blade cutting into invisibility."
E. Ethelbert Miller
editor of Poet Lore magazine and
host of
On the Margin
  "A delightful introduction to the vibrant and multicultural world of Asian maritime history. Written novelistically, with a light scholarly touch, it moves smoothly and surely through what’s known of Yasuke’s life, enriching the narrative with well-considered discussions of many other topics, from global trade routes to warrior culture in Japan. Exciting and informative!”
Tonio Andrade
author of The Gunpowder Age
     
“A gripping tale of politics, war and religion that reads like an adventure story. Very little has been known about Yasuke, the remarkable African samurai of medieval Japan... a terrific job in bringing his tale to life."
Dave Rear
author of
A Less Boring History of the World
  "AFRICAN SAMURAI gripped me from the opening sentence... Yasuke emerges as an important and incredibly overlooked force in history. A unique story of a unique man, and yet someone with whom we can all identify.”
Jack Weatherford
author of Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
     
"Yasuke is so breathtaking and revelatory that one would believe the story to be fiction if it weren't true! The in-depth research into this historical re-telling is vast, comprehensive and enlightening. The narrative style is as razor-sharp and captivating as a katana's blade, drawing in the reader and giving a 'first-hand' account of [an] extraordinary life."
Chris Bradford
author of the Young Samurai series
  African Samurai sounds like a novel, a freaking amazing novel. But Yasuke is real, and Lockley and Girard bring him and his world to life with incredible research and style. Yasuke may have lived in the 1500s, but he is a hero for our modern world. Seriously…when is the movie?”
Bret Witter
#1 New York Times bestselling
co-author of The Monuments Men
     


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Often, someone needs a little help telling their story. In the process, I meet amazing people who do/did cool stuff, and they get the book they always imagined. Several projects in the works in this space.
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Tales of the Eastern Indians by Geoffrey Girard (Middle Atlantic Press, 2008)
A haunted hill with a terrifying secret... The young mammoth hunter who becomes the hunted... Five ancient travelers trapped in the City of the Dead... A modern chief joins Elvis to help save his tribe... The storyteller who lures nightmares to life... Take an unforgettable journey through the history, myths, and wonder of the eastern American Indians. Within the pages of these thirteen original and unique tales, you will meet an unforgettable cast of timeless heroes and fantastic beings, dreamers and adventurers, daughters and brothers. For readers of all ages to discover, remember and celebrate this unique culture and its storied people of both yesterday and today.
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Tales of the Atlantic Pirates by Geoffrey Girard (Middle Atlantic Press, 2006)

Cannon fire, swordplay and the ruthless pursuit of gold have stalked the high seas from the decks of black-flagged ships for centuries. Here be thirteen original tales based on the real-life pirates who once sailed and hunted along America's coast. From ghostly crews and cursed islands to the capture of Blackbeard and modern-day treasure hunts, join these seafaring outlaws for more than three hundred years of history, folklore, and adventure.

"Enthusiastically recommended and thoroughly entertaining reading, Girard combines meticulous historical detail with an imaginative story-telling ability." (Midwest Book Review)

"This book is nothing short of brilliant. Tales of the Atlantic Pirates is an absolute page turner. Each story was grippingly entertaining, while also being surprisingly educational to the genuine historical accounts that inspired them. A smashing job!"  (Bilgemunky.com Pirate News)

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Tales of the Jersey Devil by Geoffrey Girard (Middle Atlantic Press, 2005)

The legend of the mysterious and terrifying Jersey Devil, a unique American myth that has terrorized and captivated the mysterious New Jersey Pine Barrens for more than two hundred years, collected in thirteen original tales. From the creature's birth in 1735 to a modern-day Jersey Devil hunt, dare to follow this monster and those who have faced its terror through more than two hundred years of American history, folklore, and horror.
A fun, informative book… But read it with all the lights on!” (Brian Keene Author of THE RISING)

“Chills the blood as it provides fascinating insights into this particularly spooky legend. Girard is a writer to watch.” (Bryan Smith - Author of FREAKSHOW)
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