a short sharp, breath of fresh air,
This review is from: Samurai Strategies: 42 Martial Secrets from Musashi's Book of Five Rings (Paperback)
Short, quick and succinct this thick pamphlet is a pocket gem. The short 2-3 page chapters make for an easy format to allow the absorption of valuable nuggets of information.
There are better, more in depth books out there, but there is something unique in the construction of this one.
The samurai way of life: the bred characteristics and their transcendent beliefs are empowering. De Menthe relates the 'abstract' strategies to modern day life, business and sport. Though some of the strategies concern far-out aggressive fight tactics, this should not act as reason to miss out on simple and powerful ideas. The power of silence, and the illusion of form are just two examples.
The drip feed of history from the east gives the book another dimension. The snippets give an insight into Japanese culture. Explaining how the residue of a samurai past has left it's mark on today's society. The teens are torn between the temptations of western world and the traditions set by the adult world. This book could be your introduction to a new interest in life or culture.
This is suitable read for a wide audience interested in self-improvement. It's quick and offers a fresh outlook on the long, hard slog of successful man's life.