Ninja AD 1460 - 1650, written by Stephen Turnbull and illustrated by Wayne Reynolds, is Book 64 in Osprey's Warrior Series, which aim to give the reader insights into the daily lives of history's fighting men and women, past and present, detailing their motivation, training, tactics, weaponry and experiences. This book has been written by Stephen Turnbull, who is the world's leading English language authority on medieval Japan and samurai warfare, and this book reaches his usual high standards for his work.
The book itself is extremely well written and focuses on such diverse topics such as as ninja's appearance and equipment, in secret operations and on campaign, their training, daily life and specific historical examples of ninja in action. In addition the central pages of this book have some fantastic full page, full colour artist renditions of ninjas which is a great visual resource for any artist, reenactor or modeller as well as allowing the reader to visualise what is described throughout the book. My only complaint about this book is that the authors photographs which are used throughout the book have been printed in black and white which is disappointing as if they had been printed in full colour it could have added so much more to an already fantastic book.
Overall, I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who has enjoyed Stephen Turnbull's previous work, has an interest in Japanese history or someone who would like to seperate ninja fact from fiction. If you have enjoyed this book and would like to read further into the subject then I would recommend the following book, Ninja: The True Story of Japan's Secret Warrior Cult.