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Ninja AD 1460-1650 (Warrior) [Paperback]

Stephen Turnbull , Wayne Reynolds
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19 Feb 2003 Warrior (Book 64)
The Ninja were the secret agents and assassins of feudal Japan, and they remain a subject of enduring fascination. Many of the books about them are unreliable and promote the myth of the 'invincible superman', that fiction continues to perpetuate. This title provides an accurate and detailed account of the reality of the Ninja, detailing methods of daily life, training, hiring, combat use and secret operations: also covered are the Ninja's use and knowledge of poisons, medicines and charms.

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (19 Feb 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841765252
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841765259
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 300,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stephen Turnbull is the world's leading English language authority on medieval Japan and the samurai. He has travelled extensively in the Far East, particularly in Japan and Korea. For Osprey, he has authored many titles including Men-at-Arms 86: 'Samurai Armies 1550-1615', Campaign 69: 'Nagashino 1575', Warrior 29: 'Ashigaru 1467-1649', and New Vanguard 44: 'Siege Weapons of the Far East (2) AD 960-1644'. Wayne Reynolds was born in Leeds, UK, and attended art college in Middlesborough. He has had a life-long passion for illustration, and since 1991 has worked as a professional artist. Wayne has provided illustrations and source material for many gaming companies, creating figures, landscapes and interiors, as well as providing core characterisation. He is perhaps best known though for his work on titles such as '2000AD', 'Slaine', and 'Judge Dredd'. Wayne is also a keen modeller and historical re-enactor.

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"Few military organisations in world history are so familiar yet so misunderstood as Japan's ninja, so to write a Warriors book on the topic provides a unique challenge." Read the first page
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Separate Ninja Fact From Fiction 10 Nov 2010
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Ninja AD 1460 - 1650, written by Stephen Turnbull and illustrated by Wayne Reynolds, is Book 64 in Osprey's Warrior Series, which aim to give the reader insights into the daily lives of history's fighting men and women, past and present, detailing their motivation, training, tactics, weaponry and experiences. This book has been written by Stephen Turnbull, who is the world's leading English language authority on medieval Japan and samurai warfare, and this book reaches his usual high standards for his work.

The book itself is extremely well written and focuses on such diverse topics such as as ninja's appearance and equipment, in secret operations and on campaign, their training, daily life and specific historical examples of ninja in action. In addition the central pages of this book have some fantastic full page, full colour artist renditions of ninjas which is a great visual resource for any artist, reenactor or modeller as well as allowing the reader to visualise what is described throughout the book. My only complaint about this book is that the authors photographs which are used throughout the book have been printed in black and white which is disappointing as if they had been printed in full colour it could have added so much more to an already fantastic book.

Overall, I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who has enjoyed Stephen Turnbull's previous work, has an interest in Japanese history or someone who would like to seperate ninja fact from fiction. If you have enjoyed this book and would like to read further into the subject then I would recommend the following book, Ninja: The True Story of Japan's Secret Warrior Cult.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ninja exposed! 15 Mar 2003
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This is an excellent book with stunning illustrations of ninja operations and equipment. The illustartions and descriptions of ninja gadets and tools is fascinating and the information amount training and techniques help explain some of the myths. Well written and by an authoriative source (Dr Stephen Turnbull) this is a serious attempt to shed some light on the real ninja rather than myth. That said it is not a heavy read and is a great source of info and ideas for roleplaying games and wargamners and finally helps fill the gap in ospreys range of books on the Samurai
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4.0 out of 5 stars Birthday present 5 Jun 2014
By A Coyne
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Bought for Dad's Birthday very pleased.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good 30 May 2014
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purchased for a friend bought as a gift, for a friend for xmas as far as i know she liked it very much thank you
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