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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Wilder Publications (9 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604593709
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604593709
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Embraced by many contemporary readers as a manual on how to succeed in life."--"Library Journal" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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

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'

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Tommy I. Opray on 21 Sep 2006
Format: Paperback
I first borrowed this book from my Sensei about ten years ago and his copy was an old copy (hardback tenth printing 1970's) and it fascinated me. It is a philosophical book, written by Miyamoto Musashi, one of the most feared Samurai of his time. This undefeated warrior who killed his first man when he was just 12 years old shares his thoughts and feelings in great depth on the strategy of not only martial arts and kendo but on the strategy of life. The lessons in this book can be used not only in every day life but taken to a business perspecive. I would say of all the martial arts books I have came across this one has the most meaning for me. I would also recommend trying to get an older copy as there are slight variations in the newer texts and some paintings Musashi did are omited but start with a new one if its all you can get. This book is deep and not an easy read unless you have time and a real passion for the Martial arts but anyone who starts it will never forget it.

" If there is a way involving the spirit of not being defeated, to help oneself and gain honour, it is the way of strategy."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MacIntosh on 5 Sep 2001
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This was one of my first reads in martial arts and eastern philosophy. It blew me away then and continues to drive me forward. Occasionally the text seems overly simple. Yet it reverberates. I suspect it may be truer to the origional than more recent, and more prosaic, translations...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rodya on 29 Feb 2000
Format: Paperback
The obvious appeal of Musashi's Go Rin No Sho (A book of five rings) is its teaching on the subject of martial Arts esp. Kendo. This book is easy to follow if you are a beginner, yet challanges the master in the way no other such texts can. Recommended for anyone seeking enlightenment into the ways of dominence over his/her peers in the field of martial arts or even business. A timeless peice, and general enough to cover the most appropriate issues while still leaving much room for your own thought. "You must research this deeply" being a running theme. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By F. Sweet on 12 Nov 2008
Format: Hardcover
Based on my readings, Musashi's motive in writing his Book of Five Rings had been to correct misrepresentations of his views on swordsmanship by his contemporaries. Having become a legend in his own time, Musashi's reputation was being exploited by ambitious rivals claiming to have adopted the master's martial techniques and philosophies. Thus Book of Five Rings was intended by its author to establish his point of view for correcting misconceptions.

Those in America who've been advocating since 1974 to study Book of Five Rings to gain some business advantage over Japanese businessmen are barking up the wrong tree. Musashi's writings are poetic and thought provoking. Indeed, one can even learn something new and ancient about strategy from the master. It is, however, doubtful that Musashi's words can make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. So then those in the 1970s who had originally marketed the book as "the alternative to the Harvard MBA" were barking up the wrong tree.

In addition to the charming and useful writings, the original (1974 English translation) Book of Five Rings includes photos of the master swordsman's quite beautiful art work, now residing in Japan in a museum dedicated to Musashi works.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Sep 2000
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This book is perfect for martial artists and writers alike. The descriptions of the techniques although sometimes limited with the phrase you need to train to understand properly, are perfect for picturing and acting upon. Not really the business manual the office jockies may be looking for, but perfect for those seeking greater insight into the mind of such a successful warrior.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Taylor on 2 Jun 2012
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I bought this while going through a period of "what am I doing and where are am I going" it is an interesting book and gives some insights into strategy and working the long game, it will not be to everyones taste and a lot is down to your own interpretation of the writings but I found a lot of the reading interesting and it gave me a lot of thought for reflection.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John Hughes on 14 Nov 2012
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This is a dreadful edition of this classic text. What a waste of money. Absolutely no effort or thought has gone into this. It is questionable if the publishers have actually read the text. None of the section heads within the chapters are distinguished from the text and it is terribly formatted. One of the greatest samurai of all time deserves a better treatment than this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andy A on 21 Oct 2012
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This refers to the "Wilder publications LLC" paperback edition (2008). Pretty sad to see such a great book filled with distracting typos. There are annoying parentheses from someone called Slaegr (the translator? the editor?) where he briefly explains customs and meanings. But in the middle of the text? Footnotes would have been less disruptive. The layout is pretty basic in this version, looks like the font has been picked to fill up the book: if you are looking for a compact copy, look elsewhere. If you are looking for a nice edition to keep, look elsewhere.
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