A Way to Victory: The Annotated "Book of Five Rings": The Annotated "Book of Five Rings" Hardcover – 10 Apr 2002
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Over the last 400 years, Musashi's become almost a pasteboard character, and results of his teaching and life can be found in many places in our modern society, (even as Pokemon characterers).
This book at once, reveals the philosophy, and keen mind of Musashi. Really, for the first time I think, a book gives blood and flesh to this great Samurai.
I include this book as mandatory reading in my logic and strategic planning classes. The book is plain enough to inspire my students, and Musashi's wisdom and spirituality transcends the 400 years from his death to now in a contemporary style.
I guess you can tell, this is a must read book, especially if self-realization is your goal.
Eric Scott Ph.D.
I found immediate applicability after reading this translation, both from the text itself and Ochiai's insight into the work based on a life trying to follow its teachings, its history and Musashi's philosophies. My initial study took an afternoon, and I hope to glean more as I continue studying this book into the future.
Ochiai's translation focuses on the philosophy behind the lessons, as befits both his and Musashi's tendencies at the time the book was originally written. This is not a how-to book or a victory for dummies knock-off.
People looking for instruction in how to win will be disappointed -- and will probably be disappointed with any given translation. People looking for instruction in how to be a winner will be pleasantly surprised with both the simplicity and the complexities that Musashi and Ochiai deliver.
The most important section of the book may be volume 3 (Fire) where Musashi reflects on achieving victory in battle. To achieve victory one must be prepared psychologically and mentally. For him that meant he was prepared to literally face death at any time. There are no "do-overs" in samurai sword fighting.
Thank you Sensei Hidy -- I am a former student of your HQ dojo in Binghamton & Vestal NY.