Musashi's Book of Five Rings : The Definitive Interpretation of Miyamoto Musashi's Classic Book of Strategy Paperback
Often used to explain Japanese business competition, Musashi's Book of Five Rings is more properly a definitive treatise on mortal combat from one of Japan's most formidable warriors - the martial arts luminary Miyamoto Musashi.
Famed martial artist Stephen Kaufman has translated this classic without the usual commercial bias, driving straight to the heart of Musashi's incisive martial arts stratagems.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 106 pages
- Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
- Publication Date: 08/09/2003
- Category: Oriental & Indian philosophy
- ISBN: 9780804835206
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Review by othersam
Absolutely gobsmacking. Not "just" one of the finest books of martial strategy ever written, as penned by Japan's most famous swordsman, but, in parts, it's like a manual of /how to live/. I tried other English versions, but Hanshi Stephen F. Kaufman's is unquestionably the clearest and best. Try this, from Musashi's introduction: "This is a very difficult road to travel, and not many are made for it. It is frustrating, confusing, very lonely, certainly frightening, and it will sometimes make you think you do not have much sanity left to deal with the everyday surroundings of your world. Also, there is no guarantee that you will attain prefection. It must all come from inside you without any preconceived notions on your part. And so we begin…" A book to keep by you always. Essential.