Romulus Hillsborough is a native Californian who lived in Japan for over fifteen years. Fluent in spoken and written Japanese, he is the author of two other books on the samurai, Ryoma: Life of a Renaissance Samurai and Samurai Sketches: From the Bloody Final Years of the Shogun, he lives in the San Francisco area with his wife and son.
So, what do the Hell's Angels and the Shinsengumi have in common? They both had a propensity for violence, a strict internal code of conduct, and an alarmingly excessive reaction to insult, real or perceived. Also, they probably would have slaughtered each other on sight. --Goodreads