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on 1 September 2015
I downloaded this whilst it was on promo, as I already have a paperback edition, but it is nice to have an e-version for when I am travelling. There is an active table of contents here so that you can go to any major section nice and easily, although at least for your first read of this you should take the whole book in as it is written. As I have grown older, and hopefully wiser I have become very attached to three particular books, all of which can help you cope and get ahead in the world. Obviously this is one of those books, the others being Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, and Machiavelli’s The Prince. These three books together will give you a great grounding in how to manage people, situations, businesses, and even court cases (for those lawyers out there) as well as politics.
Musashi was a legendary swordsman and over the centuries the myths that have built up around him have clouded what is real and known about the man, indeed even in his own lifetime the myths started to come thick and fast. That he was a fantastic swordsman is indisputable and if you are taking up any type of fencing, whether European or something like Kendo this is a must read.
We are taught such things like fluidity and knowing your opponent, as well as staying glued to them, or one step ahead. Also you are reminded of such things as morale and being aware of what is around you, as well as being in the moment, which if you know about Zen you will already know, but for others it is like when a sportsman says he is in the Zone. Musashi taught the writings in this book to his students and one of the things that this book tells us is that it is all well and good reading but you have to go out and practice the concepts to be able to apply them in your everyday life.
This is in all a short book, a classic from the 17th Century, and one that is just as relevant today as when it was first written. Always worth reading this is something that will take many years, even a lifetime to master, but even knowing what is written here will help at certain moments in your life. There are a couple of typos in this edition, but nothing too drastic and it shouldn’t really distract you from what is written here.