The Book of Five Rings

The Book of Five Rings

Book - 2012
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When the undefeated samurai Miyamoto Musashi retreated to a cave in 1643 and wrote The Book of Five Rings , a manifesto on swordsmanship, strategy, and winning for his students and generations of samurai to come, he created one of the most perceptive and incisive texts on strategic thinking ever to come from Asia.

Musashi gives timeless advice on defeating an adversary, throwing an opponent off-guard, creating confusion, and other techniques for overpowering an assailant that will resonate with both martial artists and everyone else interested in skillfully dealing with conflict. For Musashi, the way of the martial arts was a mastery of the mind rather than simply technical prowess--and it is this path to mastery that is the core teaching in The Book of Five Rings .

William Scott Wilson's translation is faithful to the original seventeenth-century Japanese text while being wonderfully clear and readable. His scholarship and insight into the deep meaning of this classic are evident in his introduction and notes to the text. This edition also includes a translation of one of Musashi's earlier writings, "The Way of Walking Alone," and calligraphy by Japanese artist Shiro Tsujimura.
Publisher: Boston :, Shambhala Publications : Distributed in the U.S. by Random House,, 2012.
Copyright Date: 2002.
ISBN: 9781590309841
Characteristics: xxxiii, 123 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm


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Jan 04, 2018

Read in an analogical way, what is written can be used in a myriad of ways in life, excluding personal relationships. Read more literally, its a bit awkward to sort out what he is saying without drawings or someone with whom the reader can try out the various techniques. The manner of writing is rather brusque. It seems that the Star Wars movies used Japanese swordsmanship for the Jedi knight light sabre battles.

Jan 19, 2017



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