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The Book of Five Rings
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The Book of Five Rings [Kindle Edition]

Miyamoto Musashi , Shiro Tsujimura , William Scott Wilson
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"Musashi's teachings read like lessons from the latest business management gurus. Who couldn't succeed in business by applying Musahi's insights to conflicts and strategy." --Inc. Magazine

"On Wall Street, when Musashi talks, people listen" --Time Magazine

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Along with Sun Tzu's The Art of War, The Book of Five Rings is considered to be one of the most insightful texts on the subtle arts of confrontation and victory to emerge from Asia. Composed in 1643 by the famed duelist and undefeated samurai Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings analyzes the process of struggle and mastery over conflict that underlies every level of human interaction. For Musashi, the way of the martial arts was a mastery of the mind rather than simply technical prowess—and it is this path to mastery that is the core teaching in The Book of Five Rings. This brilliant manifesto is written not only for martial artists but for anyone who wants to apply the timeless principles of this text to their life.

From the Back Cover

"On Wall Street, when Musashi talks, people listen".

Japan's executives have long applied Mushashi's teachings to their business methods. This book- the original life-guide by Japan's greatest warrior- means you can do so too.

Written in 1645 by the most famous and unconquerable of all the samurai, 'A Book of Five Rings' is the classic guide to kendo swordsmanship and a distillation of the philosophies of Zen, Shinto and Confucius.

The West is now discovering what the Japanese have always known: that the ancient wisdom of the Samurai Way provides a strategy for decision and action in all areas of life- the home, the battleground and the boardroom.

"The supreme book on strategy…if you have wondered how it is that the Japanese can cleave through Western business communities like a samurai sword through butter, the answer lies not in more robots on the factory floor or company sing-songs at 9 a.m. It lies in 'A Book of Five Rings'"
'Time Out'

About the Author

Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645) was a renowned swordsman and painter. A masterless samurai, he developed the two-sword style of fighting and emerged victorious in more than 60 sword fights in his travels throughout Japan. The author of The Book of Five Rings, he is also the subject of the novel Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa.

William Scott Wilson, the translator, was born in 1944 in Nashville, Tennessee, and grew up in Florida. He received B.A. degrees from Dartmouth College and the Monterey Institute of Foreign Studies, and an M.A. in Japanese literary studies from the University of Washington. His long-selling translations of Hagakure, The Unfettered Mind, and Taiko have become standards. Hagakure was featured prominently in the film Ghost Dog.

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