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5.0 out of 5 stars Soon to be another Bushido Classic, 22 May 2009
Terry Tozer "" (Reading & Bracknell, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Samurai Wisdom: Lessons from Japan's Warrior Culture: Five Classic Texts on Bushido (Hardcover)
This is another massive (256 pages) title from Mr Cleary, one of the best known & accomplished translators of Asian Wisdom, particularly in the field of martial arts & all things samurai.

This work is unique as it's the first translation of a series of five books by Yamaga Soko (1622-85). A somewhat contentious writer of his time & a bit of a philosopher on the side.

These writings positively add to the wisdom series of books on Bushido (The Way of the Warrior) of ancient Japan. It deals with its principles & practices & the way that they lived, worked, fought & died for. A sincere study of this type of military science, which if applied to everyday living now, is as relevant today as it was more than 300 years ago.
They offer an in-depth practical guide to building character.

If you are new to Mr Cleary, let me reassure you that his latest work is just as riveting, interesting & colourful as all his previous titles. He has a very clear, easy to read & logical style. Unlike some other similar titles around, you won't be bombarded with unpronounceable & unmemorable Japanese names on every line.

Each of the chapters of the five books are broken down further into more manageable headed sub-chapters, making it one of those useful books that one can just randomly dip & delve into.

I'm confident that this book will also become a classic in time along with others like Bushido: The Soul of Japan. A Classic Essay on Samurai Ethics by Nitobe, the Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai by Yamamoto Tsunetomo, The Book of Five Rings by Mushashi & The Lone Samurai: The Life of Miyamoto Musashi by Yagu Munenori.
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