A delightfully readable translation of the classic manifesto on swordsmanship, strategy, and winning by the legendary samurai Miyamoto Musashi.
Along with Sun Tzu's The Art of War, The Book of Five Rings is considered to be one of the most insightful texts on the subtle arts of confrontation and victory to emerge from Asia. Composed in 1643 by the famed duelist and undefeated samurai Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings analyzes the process of struggle and mastery over conflict that underlies every level of human interaction. For Musashi, the way of the martial arts was a mastery of the mind rather than simply technical prowess--and it is this path to mastery that is the core teaching in The Book of Five Rings.
This brilliant manifesto is written not only for martial artists but for anyone who wants to apply the timeless principles of this text to their life.
William Scott Wilson's translation of The Book of Five Rings is faithful to the original seventeenth-century Japanese text while also being wonderfully clear and readable. His scholarship and insight into the deep meaning of this classic are evident in his fine introduction and illuminating notes to the text.
- Publication Date:
- 03 / 03 / 2014
- 133 x 191mm
The Book of Five Rings
Samurai and master swordsman Miyamoto Musashi is one of but a handful of Japanese warriors bestowed the title of Kensei Sword-saint. This book contains his writings on tactics compiled over a lifetime of combat. Its clinical study of physical technique, footwork and mental acuity make this book a must-read for the martial artist and businessman alike. This edition not only contains the best translation of Five Rings to date, but it also compiles his other short works on the art of swordsmanship and warrior philosophy. Reviewed by 19aw