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on 19 July 2017
A disappointing read that offered very little insight into anything that might be considered to be unique to the culture of the Samurai.Most cultures produce tenets of behaviour extolling respect for your elders,care for your family members,behaving courageously when the need arises,walking your achievements quietly etc etc.This work and Cleary's translation of it offered only bland statements on these matters and offered nothing of substance specific to the Samurai way of life.Reading it I felt I was being presented with a succession of short sections that contained little more than platitudes and dreary statements of the obvious..
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on 3 January 2016
Loved it
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on 24 July 2007
This is a really interesting & enlightening read. You get a real feel for the way the mind of the Samurai worked some 400 years ago. It's miraculous & very fortunate for us that copies of such books survived that various warring periods & times of great upheaval in Japan over this time.

This subject is still relatively new to me & there appear to be several different versions of the Bushido around (?). This one by Daidôji Yûzan appeared between 1639 - 1730, which is some years before the one that draws the main amount of interest and my question is who's copying who?

This one seems to be more complete & covers a wider range of subjects that the "other" version by Tsunetomo Yamamoto, sometimes referred to as the "Hagakure". Tsunetomo was born some 20 years after Daidôji & lived between 1659 - 1719.

This book is presented in 44 short treatises about the proper way a Samurai should live & conduct himself. Whether or not some of these duties have been grouped together I can't yet say, however, either copy of the book are fantastically insightful & interesting.

There is another & later copy of this book by William Scott Wilson called "Budoshoshinshu: The Warrior's Primer of Daidoji Yuzan (Literary Links to the Orient)" in which he lists 56 such duties of a Samurai.

A great translation which must have been difficult for the authors & a fairly easy read. Although the subject is a little dry it's not at all heavy & would be enjoyed & very useful to anyone practicing any form of [traditional] martial art.
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on 15 March 2001
Thomas Cleary (and Scott William Wilson) appear to be the leading lights in any writing on eastern philosophy/religion; particularly here dealing with the Bushido code of the Samurai as Way of Life. Readers will also find Thomas Cleary's translations of Sun Tzu's "Art of War" (Shambhala) the best translation and also should consider all the Shambhala publications as best translations of sought after Eastern strategic classics, including "The Book of Five Rings" and Cleary's "Japanese Art of War" for overview on strategic writings in a more generalised form.
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on 12 August 2012
This book could arguably be used day to day as a guide. It is informative, eye-opening and a shame that much of the basics inside are forgotten manners today in the West. Highly recommended whether for history, work or just an honest, honourable way to live.
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on 10 May 2014
The samurai way of life wrote out in a very basic easy way to understand. I'd recommend getting this with the Hagakure
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on 17 December 2014
Excellent book on samurai code ! The first kindle book I bought
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A conduct code for all the "young samurais". It's very helpfull to understand the Japanese way of thinking. Everyone can learn something from it.
The translation is in very simple english, so it's easy to focus on the moral lessons...
Only 4 stars because it's "to much Japanese". I prefer other books more universal, like "Art of War" - Sun Tsu - or "Book of the Five Rings" - Miamoto Musachi
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on 28 April 2015
Very good quality and fast delivery
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on 21 December 2016
Arrived for Christmas very happy
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