During the Age of Wars, a time of endless chaos and bloodshed, Toyotomi Hideyoshi was a Japanese peasant who dreamed of becoming a samurai. Without physical strength or social status, Hideyoshi had to rely on wits and ambition to realize that dream. A keen student of human nature, he learned to outthink and outmaneuver every foe. Not only did he become a samurai, be he also commanded vast armies, and finally, became ruler of an entire nation. Hideyoshi far surpassed his childhood ambition—this son of a penniless farmer became one of the greatest military and civic leaders in history.Hideyoshi left an impact on Japanese society, but his global legacy is the skilled leadership that he used to conquer and subdue superiors until he reached the pinnacle of power. Hideyoshi fought battles with hard work, bold action, gratitude and devotion instead of a sword. These ideologies of leadership skills are printed for the first time in English in The Swordless Samurai.
Tim Clark spent a decade in Japan as a translator, writer, and founder of a consultancy that was acquired by a public corporation. Today he lives in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches entrepreneurship at Portland State University and serves as an adviser to SunBridge, a Tokyo-based venture-capital firm.