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The Five Rings (Art of Series) Hardcover – 10 May 2012

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Musashi Miyamoto (c.1584 - 1645) was a duellist and renowned warrior who fought his first duel at the age of 13 and was never defeated. He wrote The Book of the Five Rings in a cave during the last years of his life. David K. Groff, from whom this translation has been specially commissioned, has lived in Japan for the past 14 years; for the last 10 he has taught at Japanese colleges and universities (mainly English, but also subjects such as American Studies). He has also been involved in martial arts for the last 20 years. His practice of Musashi's style of swordsmanship has given him a unique perspective on The Five Rings. He has traced Musashi's footsteps across Japan. For his contributions to the preservation and promotion of the Japanese martial tradition, he received a formal proclamation of gratitude from the Tokyo Budokan and Yasukuni Shrine.

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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars 19 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A vivid glimpse into history 22 Jun. 2014
By TJ - Published on Amazon.com
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Like a lot of Americans, I've always found Japanese history in general and Samurai history in particular to be fascinating. But I've never made a serious study of either. David Groff does a good job of providing a casual reader like me with enough background to put this fascinating work in context, without getting bogged down in copious footnotes that kill the beauty of the language. Speaking of beauty, the book itself is gorgeously presented. I've given out a couple of copies as gifts. (And for the record, the recipients were very appreciative.)
5.0 out of 5 stars Looks amazing 21 Dec. 2016
By Sean - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a beautiful copy of this book. Must have edition for the Five Rings.
The picture does not do this book justice. The cover is stunning red, shiny. It makes a great gift or just a wonderful copy for your library.
5.0 out of 5 stars This is what I was hoping for 14 Jan. 2017
By Adam Johnson-eder - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has a gorgeous binding, and the layout and paper quality are quite high. I would buy this as a gift for a friend or family member and feel confident they would like it.
5.0 out of 5 stars A gorgeous edition by the ideal translator 10 Mar. 2013
By MRB - Published on Amazon.com
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I cannot recommend this book highly enough. The physical quality is superb, but more importantly, it is translated by the ideal Japanese 'warrior-scholar'. Groff is a meticulous researcher, an accomplished practitioner of various martial arts, and very well versed in traditional Japanese culture. His prose feels at once modern and timeless, and is never overwrought--a danger, given the age and gravity of the source material. A true pleasure to read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 14 Nov. 2016
By James In Utah - Published on Amazon.com
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A simply incredible book ... what if you were a warrior for self love and societal empowerment...
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