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Ninja: The Shadow Warrior Hardcover – August 5, 2008

4.3 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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About the Author

Joel Levy is the author of Secret History, Really Useful: The Origins of Everyday Things, The Little Book of Conspiracies, Scam: Secrets of the Con Artist, and The Doomsday Book.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (August 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402763131
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402763137
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,333,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This was a fun, interesting and easy book to read. Almost every second page is a full-page picture and the line spacing is very generous so an adult reader could get through it in a single night (if they were reasonably committed). I read it over a weekend and took a strong interest in the more theoretical elements that were covered - including Ninja origins and the contemporary perception of Ninja. It had enough substance to hold my attention whilst also playing up to the more romantic idea's during the middle chapters (such as ninja weapons, strategy and missions). A comprehensive but light read that is certainly recommended to anyone with an endearing interest in the ninja. Four stars.
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If you love Ninja's then you'll LOOOOVE this book! I couldn't put it down from the moment I bought it! It's definately an introductory book, easy reading with alotta illustrations, but the reading content is surprisingly very informative & detailed; covering every aspect of the Ninja. From their orgins & history, to their weapons, techniques, tactics, traditions, guiding philosophies, up to their place in modern day popular culture. Aesthetically well put together, definately buy it if you like Ninja's, you won't be disappointed!
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I picked this book up as a gift for a relative and decided to give it a read before it disappeared into the all consuming black hole that is commonly known as a "teenager's room". I'm glad I did, this is a interesting light read on the history of the ninja. It covers from before the time of the first ninjas to the last recorded ninja mission in the 1800's. It's written in easy to understand language and does not get bogged down in the details of each section. Each section is pretty through on hitting the important parts of what it is covering and sometimes directing the reader to where they can get more information. If you are getting this for a child / teenager who is interested or may become interested in the subject there is a short bibliography in the back of the book for more information. On a side note it's not really a long book, half of the pages have a picture of some sort on them, usually showing what the opposite page is describing. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in the history of ninjas (child or adult) and to those looking for a place to start on learning about it. M.a.c
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This is a very well written and engaging look into the mystical shadows of the ninja way. I couldn't put it down! :)
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This book is bargain priced and has a very cool cover and interior design. There a lots of illustrations, and plenty of historical information. This is not one of those sappy "how to be a ninja" books. This one gives a lot of accurate information about the function of ninjas in the larger Japanese society. And it is cool!
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For anyone who can't get enough about Ninja's this book is perfect. A lot of general information some good art make it a solid book. If your looking for deep information or some revelation look to something else. Nice introduction and may push you to learn more.
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The illustrations are cool but the text is really large, its more a children's book than i thought in the original description
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wow my daughter checked this book out a school .... right around the time i ordered it...hahaha

but this was decent material who is joel levy? dont know did some decent research had some cool drawing in there its worth having this and the samurai book by the same compnay as a set...

i lik ethe fact of different types of ninja drawn and stuff.,..swords on the back,.straight blades ect ect..people need to realize the actually were more than one clan of ninja get over it...ninja could be and do anything use anything...cmon man!!
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