- Paperback: 484 pages
- Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; New edition edition (22 Dec. 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0804816840
- ISBN-13: 978-0804816847
- Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 15.1 x 3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 966,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Secrets of the Samurai: The Martial Arts of Feudal Japan Paperback – 22 Dec 1997
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"Highly recommended."—"Library Journal"
"The only work of its kind."--"The San Diego Union"
""Secrets" is definitely a worthwhile read."--Analytic Martial Arts blog
"Highly recommended." "Library Journal""
"The only work of its kind." "The San Diego Union""
""Secrets" is definitely a worthwhile read." "Analytic Martial Arts" blog"
"Highly recommended." Library Journal"
"The only work of its kind." The San Diego Union"
"Highly recommended." --Library Journal
"The only work of its kind." --The San Diego Union
"Secrets is definitely a worthwhile read." --Analytic Martial Arts blog
-Highly recommended.- --Library Journal
-The only work of its kind.- --The San Diego Union
-Secrets is definitely a worthwhile read.- --Analytic Martial Arts blog --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This samurai strategy books is the first widely available English translation of Yamamoto Kansuke's classic treatise on strategy and tactics.
Secrets of the Japanese Art of Warfare is Thomas Cleary's translation of the seminal writings attributed to Yamamoto Kansuke on Japanese martial arts and military service. A mysterious man of humble origins, Yamamoto distinguished himself in the service of the redoubtable Takeda Shingen. Yamamoto was a career solider and founder of the so-called "school of certain victory," from which the famous Miyamoto Musashi (The Book of Five Rings) emerged. His school developed the art of discerning situational combat advantage, so that a warrior was able to commit to action only when success was virtually assured.
Translated and accompanied with helpful insights by Thomas Cleary, one of the foremost translators of the martial wisdom of Asia, this book is for all persons engaged in military, law enforcement, or emergency response, as well as for martial artists, athletes, business executives, diplomats and politicians. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
For any student who wants to know how the samurai were - what they were about - how they lived - how they were influenced by society, history and religion this is the book for you. It debunks a lot of the myth and the false thinking that characterises a lot of 'samurai ideology'. It dares to look beyond the veneer of the samurai and Japanese society at that time. It is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the tradition of bushido.
What is disturbing is that after twenty years, this information was never updated. Perhaps this was because Ratti and Westbrook did not use any original source, i.e. Japanese, material (at least I did not see any when I glanced through the glossary). Perhaps it was because they felt some need to promote aikido at the expense of Daito Ryu. It does not matter, really. Writing a traditional Japanese martial art out of any book that purports describe the history of Japanese martial arts is a gaffe that makes me wonder what else about the book they have gotten wrong.
I give the book three stars for effort, but let the buyer beware. When reading, don't believe anything until you verify, verify, verify.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well, at first the book seems quite splendid, an enourmous amount of information presented in an academic, no-nonsense way (even if the language can be a bit dry at times). Read morePublished on 31 Jan. 2004
Borrowed this book from a fellow sensei; read it, then re-read it, then tried to get it. It's taken me the best part of a year to locate it. Read morePublished on 22 Sept. 1999 by Howard Grundey