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FREE DOWNLOAD ç Princess Masako Prisoner of the Chrysanthemum Throne ´ It's the fantasy of many young women marry a handsome prince move into a luxurious palace and live happily ever after But that's not how it turned out for Masako Owada Ben Hills's fascinating portrait of Princess Masako and the Chrysanthemum TAnthemum Throne draws on research in Tokyo and rural Japan at Oxford and Harvard and from than sixty interviews with Japanese American British and Australian sources many of whom have never spoken publicly before shedding light on th. This is not a great book by any imagination and it was full of the author's imagination with little fact to back it up It's true that no one can get close enough to the Japanese royalty to get any real facts and his guesses seemed reasonable it still bothered me that the author esteemed his own opinion so highly A LOT of speculation and conjecture His writing is erratic and the timelines hard to follow I did enjoy reading about some of the royalty history and about Masako's youth and life before becoming the princess but not enough to recommend the book

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E royal family's darkest secrets secrets that can never be openly discussed in Japan because of the reverence in which the emperor and his family are held But most of all this is a story about a love affair that went tragically wrong. This is one of the strangest books Kudos to the author for all the research travel and interviews which must have taken a lot of time and effort to obtain and which were very thorough He also can be uite obviously an excellent writer But the first 100 pages of this book was absolutely torture I found myself ending each reading session in a bad mood The problem for me was that the book bordered on sensationalism and the author put too much of his own bias into his prose He was critical of everything about Masako her family upbringing schooling etc without being in a position to fairly judge And why judge anyway The reader just wants to know the issues so they can decide for themselves In addition the Japanese monarchy was often unfairly compared to the British monarchy as if the British system was better when in fact they're two different monarchies and cultures neither of which is better than the other There were two chapters The Last Emperor p 84 and By Royal Appointment p 156 in a completely different font than the rest of the book With no explanation To single out chapters like that for a separate font you'd think it would be noted somewhere why they were presented that way and where they came from But this book does have a happy ending; not for Masako but for the reader After around page 100 the book which up until now sounds like it was written by a jilted lover ramps up and delivers exactly what you were hoping for The bias is suddenly gone from the writing the author reports objectively and the reader begins to be allowed to make their own conclusions If I were the publisher I'd find a new editor put out an updated edition The Crown Princess is now Empress give it a new title and cover and reissue it It's such a shame that this book has not yet reached its potential Mottai nai Until then if this edition is the only one available to you rip out the first 100 pages and start reading from there

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Princess Masako Prisoner of the Chrysanthemum ThroneIt's the fantasy of many young women marry a handsome prince move into a luxurious palace and live happily ever after But that's not how it turned out for Masako Owada Ben Hills's fascinating portrait of Princess Masako and the Chrys. Interesting especially if you don't know much about Japan's imperial family Certainly Masako has a sad story that is generally kept hush hush But I had a lot of problems with it First the author presents a lot of his own assumptions as fact saying things like We can surely assume he was thinking xxxI also noted many factual inaccuracies and misrepresentations The author talks about the Harvard campus as if it is some sort of lawless crazy town with ALCOHOL when really it's pretty much like any campus anywhere He also uotes someone from Pennsylvania University which does not exist Is it Penn State University or University of Pennsylvania I'm not suggesting it matters but I was disturbed to see this kind of sloppy fact checking I only noticed this instance because I'm from Pennsylvania and know this first hand What other inaccuracies did he cite in the book that I don't know enough to pick up on Made me wonder An interesting enough story but take it with a grain of salt