The Book of Five Rings

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Shambhala Publications, May 15, 2012 - Philosophy - 160 pages
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Along with Sun Tzu's The Art of War, The Book of Five Rings is considered to be one of the most insightful texts on the subtle arts of confrontation and victory to emerge from Asia. Composed in 1643 by the famed duelist and undefeated samurai Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings analyzes the process of struggle and mastery over conflict that underlies every level of human interaction. 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. This brilliant manifesto is written not only for martial artists but for anyone who wants to apply the timeless principles of this text to their life.
 

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User Review  - ladycato - LibraryThing

I read The Book of Five Rings when I was a teenager and don't remember much of the experience. Now I realize why. It's a very dry and sparse read by modern standards. I can't judge it beyond that; it ... Read full review

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User Review  - SPQR2755 - LibraryThing

One of the classic books on military thought from East or West and a must read for anyone interested in tactics or strategy. It is very good for understanding the samurai mindset. There is much on ... Read full review

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Miyamoto Musashi, who lived in Japan in the 1600s, was an undefeated dueler, a masterless samurai, and an independent teacher. He spent the last decades of his life refining and teaching his military science.

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