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Product Details

  • Series: Smartercomics
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: SmarterComics (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781610820011
  • ISBN-13: 978-1610820011
  • ASIN: 1610820010
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Infamous 17th century samurai Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645) never lost a fight. His unprecedented winning streak wasn't based on supernatural powers: he was a keen master of strategy, timing, and the nuances of human interaction. He recorded his brilliant observations in The Book of Five Rings in 1643. By reading only a few pages one can see immediately why books based on Musashis life and writings have sold over 100 million copies.

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I highly recommend this to everybody.
Kelly Gneiting
17th century Samurai warrior Miyamoto Musashi's The Book of Five Rings is available in comic book edition through SmarterComics.
Mihir Shah
The illustrations are a great combination of old and new images.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J.R. Shah on November 7, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Essentially a brains over brawn classic, "The Book of Five Rings" is a treatise on strategy to help you attain victory. There's the likes of Floyd Mayweather, who sports an unbeaten streak in boxing, and legendary boxer Muhammad Ali; then there's seventeenth century Samurai warrior, the omnipotent genius that is Miyamoto Musashi. Who better to learn from than an individual who, though not the strongest, mastered the arts of the mind. In the original version published in 1643, Musashi goes at length to note his observations and to allow the individual to discover his inner power. SmarterComics takes the concepts of the book a step further by making the book available to the 21st century and the largely visual age. Instead of picking up a thick book that will take days, maybe months to complete, SmarterComics condenses the content, but keeps the ideas and spirit of Musashi alive in the comic book edition. The beauty of SmarterComics is the stunning visuals and the impeccable choice of quotes from the original. The individual will marinate over each passage and every visual in this thought-provoking SmarterComics creation.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Gneiting on November 9, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Pictures say a thousand words. Here you have a dynamic way to learn strategy from one of the best martial artists in history. I love the concept. I love the way it's presented, in beautiful color. I love the bullet-points presented to the back-drop of what each speaks to. This is treasure just as art, but 100-fold for what it teaches. I highly recommend this to everybody. I'm a big fan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kathy on November 6, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
The concepts famous 17th century Japanese swordsman Miyamoto Musashi's well-known "Book of Five Rings" have been simplified and easily accessible to anyone - yet equally relevant- in this comic book version by SmarterComics. The illustrations are excellent, mixing old and new imagery. The lessons and principles conveyed are applicable to anyone regarding how to be successful in work, business, personal endeavors - life in general. Great read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David on July 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
Follows the original text very well while making it easily understandable. Folks at Smartercomics have done it again, keep up the good work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GORKA on May 25, 2013
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Since this is a comic adaption of a full lenght book, only some ideas were used, but i must confess that the chosen ones are good enough to give you a fair taste of the complete work.
Why to read it the instead the original?
Its a fast way to get to the core and read the original later , without being overwhelmed by the full detail and know possesing an insight on the key ideas.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Theofrastus Nihilus on August 30, 2012
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I have read many books of philosophy, and during this comic I wasn't even aware that I was reading philosophy- I was just reading comics. Five rings might not be the best written and most inspiring book in the history of philosophy (some say it is not philosophy at all), but it is absolutely in the "nice to know"-sector for every philosopher.

This is a great example of "serious comics", academic subjects can be turned to enjoyable form. How much other things could be turned to comics the same way: teachings of Socrates, life of Nietzsche, lifestyle of Kierkegaard? Possibilities are great!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Getzin on November 28, 2011
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This is a graphic novel approach to the perennial classic of strategy. Illustrations are used to show the parallel between Mushashi's ancient words and modern day sports, business, and combat. While some of the analogies can be a little strained, overall this was an excellent approach. Each illustration helped drive home Musashi's points, often in multiple ways.

I found a single proofing error in the book, and like I said, sometimes that parallels are a little exaggerated, otherwise I would instantly give this book five stars. However, I unreservedly recommend this book for those interested in strategy and combat.
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I probably would have given this book a 4 star rating, but there is another comic-style version available which is much better in my opinion: The Book of Five Rings: A Graphic Novel

This is still an over all good book... it's a visual way of introducing the principles of Miyamoto Musashi... and it attempts to bring them into a modern context to be applied to business and/or life in general. I think this is a good idea, but I felt many of the modern examples fell flat... either they didn't line up for me, or they were too silly to take seriously (the office manager who is apparently applying the principles of strategy looks surprisingly like Bill Lumbergh from the movie Office Space).

Admittedly, I am a little bit picky when it comes to Musashi. I have been a fan of The Book of Five Rings for about 20 years. I've read a variety of translations. I have the audio book. I'm a bit of a martial arts nerd.

In spite of that, this is still a decent introduction to Strategy and Musashi... and I am glad this book is out there. In addition, I'm very happy with what SmarterComics is doing by crossing business classics with comics... I'm really enjoying the SmarterComics version of Richard Koch's "80/20 Principle" (The 80/20 Principle from SmarterComics), and I also have their version of Brian Tracy's "Eat That Frog" (Eat that Frog! from SmarterComics) on the way.

These are books I probably never would have read if they hadn't been put into this visual format.
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