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)
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).
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.
Scott Brick has a pleasant voice, but the extensive commentary at the beginning is draggy. I'd probably have liked it better in text format, i.e. for study.
It really only scratches the surface
All of it was somewhat interesting
I'm surprised I got nothing out of this.
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