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The Book of Five Rings

The Book of Five Rings

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Written by Miyamoto MusashiAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Miyamoto Musashi
Translated by Thomas ClearyAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Thomas Cleary

  • Format: Paperback, 192 pages
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  • Publisher: Shambhala
  • On Sale: January 11, 2005
  • Price: $7.99
  • ISBN: 978-1-59030-248-4 (1-59030-248-6)
Also available as a hardcover, package, trade paperback and a trade paperback.
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Composed in 1643 by the famed duelist and undefeated samurai Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings is one of the most insightful texts on the subtle arts of confrontation and victory to emerge from Asian culture. Written not only for martial artists but for anyone who wants to apply the timeless principles of this text to their life, the book analyzes the process of struggle and mastery over conflict that underlies every level of human interaction.

Thomas Cleary’ s translation is immediately accessible, with an introduction that presents the spiritual background of the warrior tradition. Along with Musashi’s text, Cleary translates here another important Japanese classic on leadership and strategy, The Book of Family Traditions on the Art of War by Yagyu Munenori, which highlights the ethical and spiritual insights of Taoism and Zen as they apply to the way of the warrior.