A Dry look at an Exciting Country – “Japan: It’s History and Culture” by W. Scott Morton & J. Kenneth Olenik

“Japan: It’s History and Culture” reads like a textbook for a college course.

If that doesn’t sound like a glowing recommendation to you, it’s because it’s not.

Though I’m always interested in different countries and history, I – like many people – have a hard time digesting dry information, which this book is mostly made up of.  I’m not saying I need colorful pictures  and whiz-bang  jokes every other line, but throw your readers a bone, dude.

Japan is an awesome country with a vivid and fascinating history, so why did I start zoning out whenever I would try and read a chapter of this book?  I have no doubt that Morton and Olenik are the experts on this subject matter (I’m practically positive this book actually does get used in college classes), but I kept putting the book down and practically groaning when I had to pick it up again.

Now, if you’re preparing for a test or heading to Japan or (for some other reason) trying to cram as much of Japan’s rich – and interesting – history into your head, this book is absolutely what you should be reading.  It’s not terribly long, and it covers the entire history of Japan up to modern times.

Like I said, if you need info – check this one out.  If you’re just interested in learning casually about Japan, which I was, you might want to look elsewhere.  Perhaps you’d do better with a Lonely Planet guide, which I always find to be jam-packed with information while still remaining a good read.


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Posted on June 10, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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