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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (9,828 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Miyamoto Musashi Narrator: Scott Bric Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Setting down his thoughts on swordplay, on winning, and on spirituality, legendary swordsman Miyamoto Musashi intended this modest work as a guide for his immediate disciples and future generations of samurai. He had little idea he was penning a masterpiece that would be eagerly devoured by people in all walks of life centuries after his death.

Along with The Art of War by Sun Tzu, The Book of Five Rings has long been regarded as an invaluable treatise on the strategy of winning. Musashi’s timeless advice on defeating an adversary, throwing an opponent off-guard, creating confusion, and other techniques for overpowering an assailant was addressed to the readers of earlier times on the battlefield and now serves the modern reader in the battle of life.

In this new rendering by the translator of Hagakure and The Unfettered Mind, William Scott Wilson adheres rigorously to the seventeenth-century Japanese text and clarifies points of ambiguity in earlier translations. In addition, he offers an extensive introduction and a translation of Musashi’s rarely published The Way of Walking Alone.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Glen | 2/19/2014

    " Considered the classic treatise on samurai swordsmanship, this book does offer one a glimpse at the philosophy behind the use of the katana, which is rare, but it sadly lacks a manner by which to fully understand and visualize what Musashi is trying to explain to the reader. Certain words of wisdom can be easily understood, and applied to the modern battlefield and life in general, but much of what he says is too abstract to truly grasp in terms of application. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ant | 2/11/2014

    " Practial guide to doing things properly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rodrigo | 1/21/2014

    " I should try to reread it I guess, I just don't get it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Erik | 1/17/2014

    " Treat the sword language as a metaphor for debate, and this thing reveals a whole new dimension to the reader. "

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