Michael Zomber Explains Motives For Writing Samurai Books


When Michael Zomber wrote “Shogun Iemitsu: War and Romance in 17th Century Tokugawa Japan,” he was quite familiar with Japanese history. He published this novel after having more than four decades of experience in collecting samurai weapons. In fact, Zomber holds renowned status as an expert on samurai armor and swords. The History Channel surely appreciated his expertise as a guest historian on “Guns of the Orient” and other TV shows about antique firearms. Just after “Shogun Iemitsu: War and Romance in 17th Century Tokugawa Japan” was released, Michael Zomber provided a detailed explanation of the book in a podcast that was launched on the iUniverse website.


As a professional author, Michael Zomber also wrote “Jesus and the Samurai: The Shining Religion and the Samurai.” This book educates readers about the rise of Christianity in India, China and Japan. The audience might be shocked to learn about the relentless persecution of Christians in Japan and other parts of Asia. Nevertheless, Zomber also highlights that millions of Japanese citizens adopted this western religion and turned away from their traditional Buddhist beliefs.


In addition to writing books about Japanese culture, Michael Zomber also released some novels about American history. Sweet Betsy That’s Me and A Son of Kentucky are about the U.S. Civil War. Having a large personal collection of firearms from this major conflict, it was quite appropriate for Zomber to write these books. Both of the novels are based on actual events that occurred during the U.S. Civil War, but Zomber also embellished the story lines to entertain the readers.


A quick review of Zomber’s resume shows that he holds several degrees from some of America’s leading institutions of higher education. For instance, he graduated with a degree in English Literature from UCLA. Zomber also attended Villanova University in Pennsylvania, a state that he truly loves. In fact, Zomber grew up in a rural part of Pennsylvania that was ideal for trips with the Boy Scouts. Michael Zomber decided to settle down with his family in this state that has played a key role in early U.S. history. Zomber is surely fond of many gun experts and collectors in Pennsylvania.

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