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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (9,790 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Miyamoto Musashi Narrator: Stanley Ralph Ross Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2003 ISBN: 9781593974305
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Miyamoto Musashi was renowned in his own time as an invincible warrior, a master artisan, an author, and philosopher. Today, his philosophy is still revered by the Japanese and used as a guide for daily decision-making—and business strategy. He wrote A Book of Five Rings not only as a thesis on doing battle, but also as a way to approach and live all aspects of life—"any situation where plans and tactics are used." When A Book of Five Rings first appeared on North American bookshelves in 1974, its message took the business community by storm. It provided insight into the then-emerging Japanese influence and offered a new way to think about business. It instantly became a vital tool for assured success and has remained so ever since.The principles in this work are as true today as they were over 300 years ago, and are as valid for business negotiations as for hand-to-hand combat. Based in the principles of Zen and advocating a hands-on approach to mastering the skills for winning, A Book of Five Rings is very likely the most perceptive guide to strategy ever written.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “On Wall Street, when Musashi talks, people listen. Time

  • I have some advice for American businessmen who are trying to figure out why the Japanese excel in business. Buy and study a copy of Musashi's A Book of Five Rings. George Lois, chairman of the board/creative director of Lois Pitts Gershon, New York

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Caterino | 2/7/2014

    " Great book that you have to read many times to grasp the concepts. It is for people who want to practice the principles in the book while mastering there craft. May be boring for someone just reading it for entertainment purposes only but nonetheless it's my favorite book that actually made a huge difference in my life "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mehmet KirazoÄŸlu | 2/7/2014

    " I thought (actually expected) that it was a book telling about group strategy but it was full of repetitive arrogant boasts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven | 1/30/2014

    " I consider this to be essential reading. For everyone. In business, the tactical concepts are easily translated. In personal life, it helps to understand and deal with conflict situations. Combined with The Art of War by Sun Tzu and The Unfettered Mind by Takuan Soho, this is part of a set that I frequently give to people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Taylor | 1/25/2014

    " On the surface it is about combat and the techniques/ philosophies needed to be sucessfull in combat. There is much more too this than that. He talks about how everything is interlinked and how you cant learn one thing without learning another. All the things written in the book about war were ment to be applied to everything else just as The art of war by Sun tzu was. One of the greatest influnces in my life and to this day I read this book every year. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Steve Lane | 1/18/2014

    " The audio book bored me by the second disc. I think it might be more interesting to anyone heavily into self-defense or some warrior code. In all fairness I probably should have left this one on the bookshelf. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Manuel Pirino | 1/16/2014

    " Wisdom that applies to everything in life, and a quest for beauty and perfection that mostly gets overlooked in favour of the more fiery martial lore. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mysteryfan | 1/13/2014

    " I don't know how I managed to escape reading this so far. It was big during the Japanese management fad phase. Jim quoted it in Poachers. The aspect that sticks in my mind is the emphasis on careful consideration/study/practice "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pablo Zukowski | 1/13/2014

    " Still reading, but so far so good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mario E. | 1/3/2014

    " very philosophical but the sword tactics are not so applicable today. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Arnþór Logi Arnarson | 12/30/2013

    " Did not find anything real profound in this book. However I am open to the option of a second read, as it is not long and many years have passed since the first read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Billy | 11/18/2013

    " the best example of unconventional thinking that i've ever seen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Ojanpera | 9/1/2013

    " Amazing life lessons. Written to be read multiple times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ThunderPhunk TheGreat | 4/16/2013

    " This book is generally discarded by most readers as only readable if you are becoming a swordsman or warrior, but it actually is full of valuable life lessons from a legendary man...I recommend it...blessings "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randy Daugherty | 10/18/2012

    " Musashi- known as the sword saint of japan and for good reason, this is a must for anyone follow the way of the Sword and for martial Artist in general,his insights are more than just the way of the sword and any artist would benefit from reading this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben Dial | 8/24/2012

    " This book is similar to Sun Tzu's Art of War. However, this ancient strategy guide to battle is meant primarily for the swordsman. And yet, despite the specificity to who it is meant for, it is quite more cryptic as to what the strategy actually is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 8/18/2012

    " I keep going back to this book. It is about kendo only as kendo is about life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 5/6/2012

    " I don't know who put that subtitle there. This is not a guide to strategy. It's a guide to living. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 4/15/2012

    " This was a good book. However, it isn't one that is meant to be simply read and put away. This is one where the author expects the reader to ponder, think and practise the theories in his writings. And expect the discovery to take a lifetime. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 2/14/2012

    " Miyamoto was the best swords man ever - he is considered a saint. I though it would be interesting to see the world from his eyes. While a lot of the book deals with strategy. However, his concepts of religion and his understanding of what it means to live is very insightful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 1/13/2012

    " Like other Oriental classics, this book is short but reveals many layers of meaning on multiple reads. Musashi's instruction in sword skills is readily interpreted as instruction in more general life skills. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Siddushan | 9/25/2011

    " good book to read if you are into business. gives insight on stratedgy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marshall | 9/15/2011

    " Essential study for any martial student. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ezdwan | 6/27/2011

    " It describes the discipline of a samurai. Quite good. I think I understand more if I were to take up Japanese martial arts, that's what I think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay | 5/10/2011

    " I think this will definitely help my fencing, because I'm feeling like I'm stuck at a plateau. I need to think of a fencing bout as life or death to get better, and this advice is right toward that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 4/30/2011

    " I read this and found it interesting as it is something I do have an interest in. The problem being is it isn't something I practice so a lot was lost on me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anwar | 4/9/2011

    " Very good strategy book, still reading it from time to time, "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 3/31/2011

    " Very insightful look into the mind of the samurai warriors! Although, being told "You should study this well" after every single lesson got somewhat annoying.

    Still a fascinating read.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lex | 3/6/2011

    " Martial Artist or not, this book will inspire you and impart some ancient wisdom into your life. Miyamoto Musashi was the epitome of legend. Read it for yourself if you haven't already. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Billy | 2/17/2011

    " the best example of unconventional thinking that i've ever seen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshua | 1/21/2011

    " Ancient, esoteric? I liked it, but is it useful? hard to say, I got more out of the words and the structure of the book itself, than anything else. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerr | 1/11/2011

    " If you don't read anything else, read this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alec | 1/3/2011

    " Up to the water scroll so far - this is some stilted ass prose and poorly organized paragraphs like woah, but its fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ant | 12/24/2010

    " A great little book about devotion & selflessness, skill, discipline & thoughtfulness. The guy was a Renaissance man long before the Renaissance. "

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Author Miyamoto Musashi

Miyamoto Musashi (1584–1645), famed swordsman, was born Shinmen Takezo in Harima Province and may have fought at Sekigahara under the Ukita as a common soldier. He claimed to have defeated his first opponent (a certain Arima Kihei) at the age of thirteen. He wrote that he engaged in sixty duels without suffering defeat once, and he was noted in this regard for his skill at handling two swords at once. Much of Musashi’s life between 1600 and 1640 is the stuff of legend, and some have postulated that he served at Osaka Castle on the defending side, taking quite a few heads in the process. In 1640 Musashi accepted service with the Hosokawa clan and three years later, in Higo Province, began work on his great book The Book of Five Rings. He finished this influential work on swordsmanship in May 1645—the same year he died.