Sword and Blossom tells the tragic true story of an extraordinary love affair that began when a young Army officer fell in love with a Japanese woman in the early years of the twentieth century. Based on a treasure trove of more than eight hundred letters, it chronicles Arthur Hart- Synnot and Masa Suzuki's attempts to make a life together despite long periods of separation, racial prejudice, and political turbulence. Their doomed relationship, like that of their countries, was part of a confused age of extremes and contradictions, of violence and beauty, and of destinies etched out amid the conflicts of the first half of the twentieth century.
《宝剑和鲜花》讲述了一个真实而悲情的故事，一段不同寻常的爱情。这段爱情开始于二十世纪初期，一名年轻的美国陆军军官和一个日本女子坠入了爱河。通过八百多封珍藏的信札，这本书按照时间顺序记叙了亚瑟·哈特·辛诺特（Arthur Hart- Synnot）和铃木麻纱（Masa Suzuki）不顾长期分离、种族偏见、政治动荡，拼尽全力地为共同生活所做的努力。他们命中注定的姻缘就像他们的国家一样，是那个充满极端和矛盾、暴力和美丽的混沌时代的一部分，也是二十世纪上半叶在冲突漩涡中酿成的宿命。
Peter Pagnamenta is a writer and television documentary maker, with a special interest in Japan. He conceived and wrote the eight part BBC series 'Nippon', an archive and testimony history of Japan's recovery after 1945, as well as 'Bubble Trouble', about Japan in the 1990s. Other series for the BBC include the twentieth century industrial history, 'All Our Working Lives', for which he wrote the book with Richard Overy, and the 26-part 'People's Century'. He is a former editor of 'Panorama'.
Momoko Williams was born and brought up in Japan and came to Britain in 1966 after graduating from Meiji University, Tokyo. She has coordinated and produced programs for Japanese broadcasters in Britain and Japan. She worked on the major NHK series 'The 20th Century', and 'Pacific War'. She is interested in Anglo-Japanese cultural connections and initiated and produced the photographic exhibition 'Japanese in Britain 1863-2001'. She is married to an Englishman and lives in London.