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4.0 out of 5 stars an excelent insite to one of the greatest swordsman in japan, 7 Jan 2006
for those who would like to see an indepth picture of the man who was miyamoto musashi this text is a must. the author has used many historical documents and his own experiance in the study of Budo as the basis for the comentary on the life and indeed the times of this extraordanary individual and martial artist. within the text the author also includes excelent translation and comentary on all of the writings of musashi not least his seminal work the gorin no sho (the book of five elements (or rings)), throughout the comentary on musashi's work the views of kendo masters who follow the traditions of musashi's school of swordsmanship are used to give some extra understanding of the subject matter. the resaon that i only gave this title 4 stars instead of five is it's tendancy to drift from the point in hand, especially in the later chapters. however this said this is an excellent and well thoughtout text and a MUST for anyone who has the slightest intrest in japaneese martial history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good, 30 May 2011
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Came on time, was in great condition can't ask more than that.

Oh and the book is a great read as well, can be boring in some parts but just hang in their.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All about Musashi, 19 Nov 2010
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This is the best resource if you want to learn about , legendary Japanese swordsman, Miyamoto Musashi. The book includes a detailed biography, translation of his writings (including the famous 'Book of Five Rings') with good comments and impact of his life to Japanese martial arts.
Highly Recommended for any martial arts practitioner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal companion to Go Rin No Sho, 19 July 2009
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Mr. G. Carroll (LDN | HKG | SZX) - See all my reviews
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I read Go Rin No Sho (The Book of Five Rings) a decade and a half ago, it is a great book but lacks of the clarity in translation that Sun Tzu's Art of War has. Kenji Tokitsu manages to fill in many of the gaps by providing a better understanding of the man himself and how the concepts he discussed in Go Rin No Sho changed over time with Japanese society.

Go Rin No Sho is valuable because of the insights that it provides into strategy and strategic thinking, Tokitsu has done a wealth of research and cites a comprehensive range of sources to provide as accurate a picture as could be obtained of Musashi's life. Though he still manages to make the book easy to read rather than weighing you down in the minutae of his research.

I would recommend Miyamoto Musashi his life and writings as an ideal companian to reading Go Rin No Sho.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A complete source, 17 May 2009
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I have recently started studying HNIR and was recommended this book. It is quite simply the best book about Musashi on the market. With a complete life history, a new translation of Go rin no sho and examples of his ink paintings. As it is written by a martial arts practitioner he really understands his subject.
A must buy for those wanting to learn about Musashi.
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Miyamoto Musashi: His Life and Writings by Kenji Tokitsu (Paperback - 31 Dec 2005)
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