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Written by legendary Japanese swordsman Musashi, this 17th-century exposition of sword-fighting strategy and Zen philosophy has been embraced by many contemporary readers, especially business school students, as a manual on how to succeed in life. There are many English translations, but every one, including this one, suffers from inadequate cultural, literary, and philosophical commentary. Musashi's work should be studied, not simply read, and Cleary's translation lacks commentary; it also makes the prose seems flat and the philosophy simplistic. Yet what makes this new translation worthwhile is the second text, buried deep in the back like an appendix: Yagyu Munenori's The Book of Family Traditions on the Art of War. This text, also an exposition on sword fighting and Zen philosophy, is difficult to find in an English translation, and its availability is welcome. Recommended for academic libraries generally.
- Glenn Masuchika, Chaminade Univ. Lib., Honolulu
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
"Embraced by many contemporary readers as a manual on how to succeed in life."— Library JournalSee all Product Description
The book came in brand new quality as mentioned, haven't read the whole thing yet but so far so great!Published 21 days ago by Scott
Must read. Everyone must read this book. Swords may not be your thing, but the essential lessons it teaches are timeless.Published 2 months ago by Chortick
i was reading this book but i had to put it down ,i just need some time for myself to get in too it thank youPublished 14 months ago by joseph e calleja
My daughter recommended this book to her father so I ordered it for him and he thoroughly enjoyed it, he would recommend it to other people without hesitation, having said that he... Read morePublished on Nov. 22 2012 by Bookwurm
The subject says it all. I found Sun Tzu's The Art Of War was filled with useful antecdotes and advice, but I found it difficult to concentrate on The Book Of Five Rings. Read morePublished on July 6 2006 by A
This classic text deals with the delicate art of leadership, and was composed originally in 1643 by the famous samurai Miyamoto Musashi. Read morePublished on Feb. 29 2004 by Swing King
This is a great book. You must get this book to become extremly
disciplined. Only great samurai have the ability to master this code and still few suceeded, I for one have... Read more