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 readers of earlier times on the battlefield and now serves the modern listener 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 17th-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.
©2002 William Scott Wilson (P)2010 Tantor
"On Wall Street, when Musashi talks, people listen." (Time)
A great audio book that's short but containing practical information. Something to review multiple times. Good book!
Though I may not practice anything with a sword this translation of musashis' "book of five rings" helped sharpen my hand to hand skills and organized my dad to day life by learning such rhythms.
Knowledge is only the beginning, what we achieve from that knowledge shapes our lives.
Yes, anyone into martial arts or philosophy.
If you read books like "Art of War" then you need this one in your collection as well.
Exactly as hoped.
The introduction of the book by the original author, Musashi.
I listened to it 5 times allready, I am sure I will do so again.
A marvelous book that I without a doubt will also buy in print. The performance of Scot Brick was excellent, clearly understandable and with good pronouncement, at least as far as I understand it (I do not speak japanese).
Loved it. The most deepened parts on the text might be The way of walking alone, and the hidden content on Emptiness chapter.
The book structure is clear, the translator speech is bold. Recommend this book for anyone seeking a through inquiry into his true being.
Short but enjoyable. As much about sword fighting as it is about philosophy. Last chapter on emptiness and always being calm welcomed!
There is a lot of advise here on how to dispatch an opponent with a sword - which is interesting but not entirely useful. What I found most enjoyable and useful was the thinking of a man who was a true master of his art and a great samurai.
"Classic book for martial artists"
Budo, budo & budo
If you are not a martial artist or have little interest in the martial arts this is not for you. However, every martial artist will find a mind set and pattern that should be all to familiar to them. The authors instruction is simple but direct without any subtle backgrounds that you have to try and fathom. Whilst the exact details focus very specifically on Musashi's own sword style the message being put across is applicable to all martial arts....
There is only one character
The initial introduction is a little long and drawn out in my opinion and seems to last longer than the actual book itself. I personally enjoyed the narrators voice as it added to the age of the book putting it in context to the time of it's writing
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