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A Way to Victory: The Annotated "Book of Five Rings": The Annotated "Book of Five Rings" [Hardcover]

Musashi Miyamoto , Hidy Ochiai
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1 Feb 2001
Translation and commentary by Hidy Ochiai Although it was written more than 300 years ago as a treatise on strategy and combat, Musashi's The Book of Five Rings is treasured today as a classic work that speaks with equal power to the modern businessperson, philosopher and martial artist. In A Way to Victory, Ochiai - a legend in the martial arts world - provides a new translation with notes that clarify the original's lessons for the contemporary reader. With an in-depth analyses of the book's themes, this is a perfect compliment to Musashi's work.
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  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Overlook Press (1 Feb 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585670383
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585670383
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 17.1 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,943,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For the non-martial artist 12 Sep 2001
By A Customer
At last an explanation of the five rings. I stayed clear of the basic texts and opted for this more expensive version and boy was the wait worth it. In often too much detail - the author seeks to explain the context and understanding behind the books teaching. It is clear and authoratative. The structure is in keeping with the original 17th Century text but has a modern day feel to it. Although some of the metaphors are over simplified it is the best attempt to date I have seen of trying to uncover what really was in the minds of the warriors of the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Musashi Revealed 16 Mar 2001
By Eric Scott - Published on Amazon.com
I'm a student of Musashi, for 20+ years or more, and so have a keen sense of Musashi, the man. This is the first translation that truly recognizes Musashi as a great philosopher, not merely a great sword fencer.
Over the last 400 years, Musashi's become almost a pasteboard character, and results of his teaching and life can be found in many places in our modern society, (even as Pokemon characterers).
This book at once, reveals the philosophy, and keen mind of Musashi. Really, for the first time I think, a book gives blood and flesh to this great Samurai.
I include this book as mandatory reading in my logic and strategic planning classes. The book is plain enough to inspire my students, and Musashi's wisdom and spirituality transcends the 400 years from his death to now in a contemporary style.
I guess you can tell, this is a must read book, especially if self-realization is your goal.
Eric Scott Ph.D.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not "Victory for Dummies" 31 Dec 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Hidy Ochiai has spent nearly 60 years as a student and practitioner of the martial arts, nearly as long as student of both Eastern and Western philosophies, particularly Zen. He has become an accomplished writer and calligrapher, emulating the life of the person he seeks to translate. His bona fides in translating this book are unimpeachable.
I found immediate applicability after reading this translation, both from the text itself and Ochiai's insight into the work based on a life trying to follow its teachings, its history and Musashi's philosophies. My initial study took an afternoon, and I hope to glean more as I continue studying this book into the future.
Ochiai's translation focuses on the philosophy behind the lessons, as befits both his and Musashi's tendencies at the time the book was originally written. This is not a how-to book or a victory for dummies knock-off.
People looking for instruction in how to win will be disappointed -- and will probably be disappointed with any given translation. People looking for instruction in how to be a winner will be pleasantly surprised with both the simplicity and the complexities that Musashi and Ochiai deliver.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on the way of the samurai 27 Oct 2002
By G. Shiau - Published on Amazon.com
This is a translation of The Book of Five Rings. The Book of Five Rings is samurai warrior Miyamoto Musashi's treatise on sword combat and strategy. The translator's explanations of the samurai code of feudal Japan and commentary that analyzes the writings in the context of modern times are extremely helpful to the modern reader.
The most important section of the book may be volume 3 (Fire) where Musashi reflects on achieving victory in battle. To achieve victory one must be prepared psychologically and mentally. For him that meant he was prepared to literally face death at any time. There are no "do-overs" in samurai sword fighting.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best translation published 1 May 2013
By John - Published on Amazon.com
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Simply put, this is the best translation that has yet been published of the Gorin no Sho. The differences may seem small, but from the perspective of someone who study hyoho niten ichi ryu (at the study group at the university of Guelph), they make all the difference in the world when it comes to actually grasping the principles of musashi's strategy.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars tactic's ... that is the what it all is about 28 Mar 2004
By pier - Published on Amazon.com
if I had to teach tactics .
sun tzu's art of war is for the commanders
machavelli's the prince , and art of war for planning and leadership . and the way to victory for the soildiers and commando's .
any fool can be talked into rushing into battle , young men have that desire it seems to join togather an fight for something greater .
this single book it seems teachs how to servive the youth of joining , and gives practical advice once in the battle feild . it is not the the body that is deffeated , it is the rythem timing , the beleaf in ones self , the humble spirit that is not in the now moment .
this is one of but four books that I would require to teach tactics . and this is the only translation that grasps the honest simplicity of it .
war is a dangerious business , killing is a dangerious business, conflicts with dangerious men and grave out comes are for serious minds and stern , simple thinking .
in concept , if the concepts are sound the details will work themselves out . this book teaches concepts in a clear and simple way... for those in the serious business of staying alive
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