One of the History channel’s most colorful contributors is author and humanitarian Michael Zomber. Perhaps best known for his appearances on History’s ‘Tales of the Gun’ series, Zomber is a historian and collector specializing in antique arms and armor, especially in Japanese samurai swords.
‘Tales of the Gun’ aired on the History channel for one season in 1998. Zomber appeared in several episodes as an arms historian: “Guns of the Famous,” “Guns of the Orient,” “Dueling Pistols,” “Shotguns,” “Automatic Pistols,” and “Million Dollar Guns.” Each episode explored antique guns from all over the world, from the United States to Korea to Turkey. Zomber added depth to the show with his vast knowledge, demonstrating quirks of each gun and its origins. For example, one of the features of Turkish guns was the “abrupt angle at the wrist,” and “unique rear sight,” which was comprised of an angled peak.
Zomber’s immense knowledge of antique arms adds layers and realism to his historical fiction. In 2009, his debut novel ‘Shogun Iemitsu: War and Romance in 17th Century Tokugawa Japan’ was published by iUniverse. Heavily influenced by James Clavell’s ‘Shogun,’ “Shogun Iemitsu” follows samurai warriors Hideo and Kobiyashi through a single day of their lives. Zomber has published over a dozen historical novels and screenplays, and produced the critically acclaimed documentary ‘Soul of the Samurai’ with his wife Andrea.
Michael Zomber is also a humanitarian. Because of his years studying and collecting antique arms and samurai swords, he is more than familiar with the atrocities of war and has dedicated his life and position to contributing to several organizations, including UNICEF, Doctors Without Borders, Amnesty International, and Global Exchange.
Because of his rich contributions to the History channel, the literary community, and the world, Zomber is a historian to be appreciated and celebrated.