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The Book of Five Rings | [Miyamoto Musashi, William Scott Wilson (translator)]

The Book of Five Rings

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.
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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 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

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"On Wall Street, when Musashi talks, people listen." (Time)

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    Peter kessel-lo, Belgium 02-13-12
    Peter kessel-lo, Belgium 02-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "The way of all things."
    If you could sum up The Book of Five Rings in three words, what would they be?

    Exactly as hoped.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Book of Five Rings?

    The introduction of the book by the original author, Musashi.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no idea


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I listened to it 5 times allready, I am sure I will do so again.


    Any additional comments?

    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).

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jonas MS 03-27-14
    Jonas MS 03-27-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Less than I'd hoped for."
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    nCodo New York, NY, United States 04-14-12
    nCodo New York, NY, United States 04-14-12

    Knowledge is only the beginning, what we achieve from that knowledge shapes our lives.

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    "A classic must read"
    Would you listen to The Book of Five Rings again? Why?

    Yes, anyone into martial arts or philosophy.


    Any additional comments?

    If you read books like "Art of War" then you need this one in your collection as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John FREMONT, CALIFORNIA, United States 11-05-12
    John FREMONT, CALIFORNIA, United States 11-05-12
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    "It seemed to be a babbling load of nonsense."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It really only scratches the surface


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    All of it was somewhat interesting


    Any additional comments?

    I'm surprised I got nothing out of this.

    0 of 13 people found this review helpful
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