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The foreman should take into account the abilities and limitations of his men, circulating among them and asking nothing unreasonable. He should know their morale and spirit, and encourage them when necessary. This is the same as the principle of strategy.
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Perceive those things which cannot be seen. 8. Pay attention even to trifles. 9. Do nothing which is of no use.
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You should not have a favourite weapon. To become over-familiar with one weapon is as much a fault as not knowing it sufficiently well. You should not copy others, but use weapons which you can handle properly. It is bad for commanders and troopers to have likes and dislikes. These are things you must learn thoroughly.
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"Embraced by many contemporary readers as a manual on how to succeed in life."— Library Journal

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Miyamoto Musashi, who lived in Japan in the 1600s, was an undefeated dueler, a masterless samurai, and an independent teacher. He spent the last decades of his life refining and teaching his military science.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Shambhala; Bilingual edition (May 15, 2012)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 160 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1590309847
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1590309841
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 9.8 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.5 x 0.67 x 7.78 inches
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wish there were pictures of Musashi’s Art work!
By Gilbert on October 15, 2020
Simplistic, without pictures, without vast examples of his calligraphy, without a grasp of the times — in general a very dry translation (without grasp).
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BUT Mr. Wilson is an honorable man, and that does not have a price! In the Preface he does a good job explaining a bit of Musashi’s life. I just wish (since too many of us Martial Artist are into different forms of arts) that he would have included photos of Musashi’s art as well as photos of the paintings he describes to give us a broader insight.
Mr. Wilson, however, from the get-go shows true leadership in his translation. He wrote after having thanked all those who gave him a hand in the materialization of just book, “Any and all mistakes are my own.” Think about it: He does not say IF any and whatever MISTAKE are my own. He knows that in writing a book (a lot more into translating it) mistakes/misunderstandings are part of the unavoidable because of our human condition. Bravo Mr. Wilson! Bravo!❤️

P.S. Amazon messes up in sending me hardcover, but they helped me with the situation later. Thank you!❤️
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