on 21 April 2010
The production quality of this book and the photography within it is very good, but i cannot say the same for some of the content. The first 4 chapters are very informative and accurate, but fail to go into a great amount of detail. However, i did enjoy some of the historical information, and i found it easy to follow.
My main problem came when moving onto the chapters containing the techniques and use of the Japanese sword. I found many of the techniques to be very 'Hollywood', and not very practical. I have trained in 2 styles of Japanese swordsmanship over a number of years and felt that this book did not meet the expectations i had of it.
The dvd seamed to follow a very similar style to that of the technical sections of the book with lots of flashy techniques.
With all of this taken into consideration i would recomend this book to someone just starting out as it is easy to follow and does not swamp the reader with too much detail too soon. I feel it would also be very interesting to someone who has a more casual interest in Japanese swordsmanship, and is not too concerned with in-depth or practical sword skills.
I found this book and it's dvd entertaining, but expected more for the price, as i have bought much better books for a lot less. I suspect that had the book been cheaper my expectations would not have been so high, and i would have been less disapointed.