Friday, March 8, 2024

The Friday Face-Off: Current Read #25

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 Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme at Books by Proxy. Join us every Friday as we pit cover against cover, and publisher against publisher, to find the best artwork in our literary universe.  You can find a list of upcoming topics at Lynn's Books.

This week's topic is:
Current Read #25

I recently saw The Last Yakuza by Jake Adelstein on sale and decided to check it out because why not learn more about the yakuza? I've been really enjoying it so far and have been pretty hooked by Adelstein's nonfiction accounts and in-depth research into not only the culture and lifestyle of the yakuza, but also various area of Japanese culture. Adelstein covers a history of the yakuza through a biography of sorts about Makoto Saigo. If you're ever in the mood for some nonfiction, this has been a great choice so far!

2023 US Paperback | 2018 French 

2018 Polish | 2017 French

2016 US Hardcover | 2023 US Kindle

My choice(s):
I think these are all pretty great covers! I'm particularly drawn to the two French editions (I think the first one at least is evoking the art style of the traditional tattoos), as I find the artwork captivating.  I also like the different US versions and think they bring something interesting to the mix of as well. Which cover(s) do you like the most?


  1. These are all so different! I definitely like the 2018 French version!

  2. I love these! My favorites are the two French editions.