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The Book of Five Rings (with linked TOC) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Miyamoto Musashi
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To learn a Japanese martial art is to learn Zen, and although you can't do so simply by reading a book, it sure does help--especially if that book is The Book of Five Rings. One of Japan's great samurai sword masters penned in decisive, unfaltering terms this certain path to victory, and like Sun Tzu's The Art of War it is applicable not only on the battlefield but also in all forms of competition. Always observant, creating confusion, striking at vulnerabilities--these are some of the basic principles. Going deeper, we find suki, the interval of vulnerability, of indecisiveness, of rest, the briefest but most vital moment to strike. In succinct detail, Miyamoto records ideal postures, blows, and psychological tactics to put the enemy off guard and open the way for attack. Most important of all is Miyamoto's concept of rhythm, how all things are in harmony, and that by working with the rhythm of a situation we can turn it to our advantage with little effort. But like Zen, this requires one task above all else, putting the book down and going out to practice. --Brian Bruya

From Library Journal

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.


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4.0 von 5 Sternen Have sword, will fight 11. Januar 2000
Von Ein Kunde
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Everybody should read this book. That's all there is to it. Musashi takes the reader into a world filled to the brim with devotion, self-respect, disciplin, honesty and purity of thought. Even though this book was written by and for warriors and samurai, and in a completely different time and culture, it is a remarkabe source of inspiration for selv-developement. Musashi's teachings are concise and to the point. He uses phrases like "you must understand this" and "you must practice diligently" and explains only general, but unquestionable and fundamental, concepts of the Way of the Warrior. These guidelines are not directly applicable in our time and age, but what is applicable are the things this book contains about working with yourself. Striving to achieve improvement on the inside as well as the outside.
It would be a lie to say that this book is a "positive" book. Taken litterally it's about how to become an efficient, albeit enlightened, killer. The value of this book comes from reading between the lines, and let me tell you: Those lines could fill volumes.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen go Rin no sho 11. Juni 2000
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This is not a book about business, or about swordfighting for that matter. It is a book about The Way and perfecting oneself through The Way. I have been reading this book for more than ten years. Every translation I could find. As my underestanding of The Way grows so does my understanding of this book, and vice versa. It can be read easily in a day or two so read it as many times as you can. Everytime something new will reveal itself to you. Read it from front to back... take one chapter at a time...take one part of a chapter at a time. I have red the book every way I can think of! Sure, some of it is hard to follow...don't dismiss it just because you don't understand it! I have been practicing both Kendo and Iado for a long time. Believe me, the more you learn, the more you realize that you don't know anything! Musashi Knew!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Referred to this book as a business text? 19. Dezember 1999
Von D. Smith
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I saw this book referred to in two or three business publications and couldn't resist getting a hold of it to find the connection between samurai and capitalist warrior. Boy, was I surprised! The other day I was cornered in the food court by members of a rival firm, and used Musashi's techniques to defend myself with a foot long deli sandwich. Seriously, the parallels between the two worlds are difficult to draw. Call me myopic. This seems to be an excellent manual for a samurai. But if you insist on extrapolating business principles from it, I also recommend "Taming and Training Cockatoos" (the similarities between nesting and portfolio analysis are flagrant!) as well as "Please To The Table" which appears to be a Russian cookbook, but also serves up a delicious recipe for managing sycophants! Seriously, if you're looking for a thoughtful, educating management book, read Drucker, if you want corporate strategy, read Porter, for economics, try Krugman. This is an old warrior manual that doesn't offer any new insight for the budding capitalist. If you absolutely have to find a classic and derive insight into managing for success, then go ahead and read Niccolo Machiaveli's "The Prince".
Cheers, and good luck
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Read, Re Read, Re Read and you might understand 29. Juni 2000
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I read this book through once, and thought: okay, I just read a book about a 15th centurey samuri warrior, and he enlightened me all about how to fight with a sword. Great. Now what can I do with that.
But there is more, there is much much more. This book contains within it philosophy, and a sense of the greaterness of ones self in relation to the cosmos. Musashi didn't write a book just about how to fight with an antiquated sword, he wrote a book that allows the reader to see further than their petty lives and embrace a more global way of thinking.
Musashi wrote this book to enlighten the reader as to how he lived; and how he thought a warrior should live. And everyone today is a lawyer, whether it be in your job, in your social life or wherever, you are always fighting and planning on how to make things come out best in your favor; and this book helps you to realize these battles and win them.
This review is very ephemeral and doesn't say much; but it is tough to explain a book of this magnitude in a small 1000 word essay. You need to read this book to gain even a slight understanding of the magnitude of it; then you can reread it and hopefully gain a little more understanding; until in 50-60 years you might understand it fully. Maybe.
Read this book although 400 years old it applies more to today than ever.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Simply Outstanding ! 14. Juli 1999
Von Ein Kunde
This wonderfully edited translation makes the original text twice as valuable through it's very well-written foreword and the excellent commentaries that accompany each chapter.
Get it!
Christof Birkenmaier
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Book Many People Misunderstand... 29. Juli 2000
Von Raptor
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This is one of many books that people just don't understand. This book teaches a person the Way. As defined by Musashi, the way is the divine footprints of God, telling us how to live our lives to correct way. That is what the Way is, and that is what Musashi spent 50 yrs. trying to find. In this book, he imparts all his knowledge of the Way. He also tells how to fight using his style. He tells how to come out the victor in a sword fight no matter what techhnique the enemy uses. At age 30, Musashi was invincible. He had never lost one out of 60 battles using just about all the available weapons of the time. This book in short, teaches you how to live the Way, as God would like to see, how to relieze everything going on around you, and how to become the greatest swordsman.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Musishi is a great swordsman -- not a good writer
With much anticipation I ordered this book. I had read some good things about it and was glad to finally have it in my hands. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 30. Mai 2000 von Aaron F. Barr
5.0 von 5 Sternen Captivating AND Thought Provoking
I don't know how I'll apply the principals in this book, but I will reread it many times - mostly, I enjoyed it as literature, and value the translator's notes! Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 7. März 2000 von Daniel Stanfield
5.0 von 5 Sternen A very Misunderstood book
Wow, what a misunderstood book. A business book that's deliberately written to be obscure, with deep hidden meaning. Hmmmm. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 3. Februar 2000 von Shaun Turton
4.0 von 5 Sternen eternal
This book cannot be adequately evaluated or appreciated in a single reading or even ten. It is the attempt to relate the life-experience of a man who was super-human by today's... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 11. Dezember 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen The Book of Five Rings
I thought this book was very deep and spiritual, in fact I use some of the idealogies which are contained in this book with my daily outlook on life. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 11. Dezember 1999 von "jonesdecassanova"
4.0 von 5 Sternen Invaluable and Timeless
I have read this book twice. Once because the subject matter interests me, and once because you have to read it twice to even begin to grasp it. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 9. Dezember 1999 von "kegai"
5.0 von 5 Sternen Victor Harris' translation is best
For serious students of Japanese swordsmanship, Victor Harris' translation is best. Captures the essence of the meaning of technical concepts best.
Am 24. August 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen A must-have.
I have read this book twice, once looking at it from a martial artist's view, and second as a businessman. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 8. August 1999 veröffentlicht
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