- Series: Shambhala Dragon Editions
- Paperback: 136 pages
- Publisher: Shambhala (April 13, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0877738688
- ISBN-13: 978-0877738688
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 910 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,561,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Written by legendary Japanese swordsman Musashi, this 17th-century exposition of sword-fighting strategy and Zen philosophy has been embraced by many contemporary readers, especially business school students, as a manual on how to succeed in life. There are many English translations, but every one, including this one, suffers from inadequate cultural, literary, and philosophical commentary. Musashi's work should be studied, not simply read, and Cleary's translation lacks commentary; it also makes the prose seems flat and the philosophy simplistic. Yet what makes this new translation worthwhile is the second text, buried deep in the back like an appendix: Yagyu Munenori's The Book of Family Traditions on the Art of War. This text, also an exposition on sword fighting and Zen philosophy, is difficult to find in an English translation, and its availability is welcome. Recommended for academic libraries generally.
- Glenn Masuchika, Chaminade Univ. Lib., Honolulu
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"Embraced by many contemporary readers as a manual on how to succeed in life."— Library Journal --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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Translated, and reissued by XistPublishing in e-book format, this short book offers techniques—albeit not in exhaustive detail—for becoming a master strategist. These techniques can be applied to any endeavor, and, with practice, can lead to a significant change in outlook and outcomes.
As a bonus, the last third of the book is a guide for book clubs, that can be used in evaluating book club presentations. This guide is, believe it or not, also useful for authors, regardless of skill level, as a means of improving their writing.
This is the first time I have listened to this classic Japanese work having read it twice before this audio version. I must say that it is much better listening to an excellent narration than to the voice in my head. The principles applied in this book explained through the use of the samari sword has stood the test of time. These principles have been successfully adopted and applied in Japanese business in the modern age. It is a wonderful little book that I will probably listen to again sometime in the future.