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The Book of Five Rings Audio CD – Unabridged, March 1, 2021
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About the Author
Miyamoto Musashi (15841645), famed swordsman, was born Shinmen Takezo in Harima Province and may have fought at Sekigahara under the Ukita as a common soldier. He claimed to have defeated his first opponent (a certain Arima Kihei) at the age of thirteen. He wrote that he engaged in sixty duels without suffering defeat once, and he was noted in this regard for his skill at handling two swords at once. Much of Musashis life between 1600 and 1640 is the stuff of legend, and some have postulated that he served at Osaka Castle on the defending side, taking quite a few heads in the process. In 1640 Musashi accepted service with the Hosokawa clan and three years later, in Higo Province, began work on his great book The Book of Five Rings. He finished this influential work on swordsmanship in May 1645the same year he died.
- ASIN : B08XLJ8XGK
- Publisher : Tantor and Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged edition (March 1, 2021)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8200104444
- Dimensions : 5.2 x 5.7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,207,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sun Tzu's "The Art of War" places emphasis on large scale military operations; which lends itself to modern business (in the mind of the reader, and in many modern expositions on a domain-by-domain basis) - supply chains, market saturation, globalization, operational budgeting, etc., Musashi-san's "Way" is likewise applicable. Musashi-san focuses on large scale and small scale (individual) battle, offering useful comparisons and contrasts. For me, the individual focus was extremely insightful and personal. It may suit individuals who have situations of high responsibility or discretion (e.g., negotiations, debate, martial arts, software development), or cases where an individual does not have an abundance of resources or allies - and opportunity is gained through competition.
The book is highly quotable, and I found myself reading this short <100 page book over a month's time because every few pages gave me something to think about, research, mull over, and discuss. Almost paradoxically, his vagueness and insistence that the reader practice, research, and train builds toward a thesis - "By learning one thing, one should know 10000 (myriads)."
As a retired IT person and CIS college instructor - my lesson on any topic was not to memorize procedures or things easily looked up in technical references; but principles, how information flows, how to identify processes (and problems in them), to detect the presence of patterns, or put simply "How is this problem or system similar or different from others you've encountered. I wish I had known about this book sooner, as he does an excellent job demonstrating this approach to learning.
By Leo on April 21, 2018
-The writer is a famous warrior, not a scholar... therefore there is a lack of expression and elaboration. Hence, you read 'this can not be expressed in words' so often, you would grasp what he means via practical practice.
-The writer gives personal views which sometimes demote other schools in way of the sword, which sometimes can be at fact and sometimes otherwise. Some skills can work out great for some while doesn't work out so fine for others.
At the end, the information provided in the book of five rings are very useful in terms of opponent vs opponent of any kind, even in a chess game of mind vs mind, if you got the imagination and analyzing skill to find the connection with other real life satuation where you have to go up against someone physically or emotionally. if it wasn't for those 3 points mentioned above, I would have gave it 5/5 stars, still, I am very glad I bought the book.
The language of the book is difficult to read for a modern user. Given that you have to fish out morsels of general strategy from the other details this is a difficult read.
As for specifics related to the actual thing the author is trying to teach, I found this book difficult to follow. The author is an experienced warrior and swordsman, he makes a lot of assumptions that a general inexperienced person does not. An expert is not always the best teacher if he cannot get down to the level of a novice.
Ali Julia review
That may be good or bad depending on your goals for the work, but my friend mentioned having to reread passages several times to unpack the meaning of the writing - for the whole book. He mentioned feeling like he had all his own thoughts on the wisdom of the book (as the translator doesn't do much to weave the components together), but it took a lot of work to get there.
Like other reviews stated, the language can make it difficult to understand but not impossible. The philosophy however can't really be melted down to "study this diligently" when Miyamoto is unable to explain something.....then study it diligently.
The first third of the book I found to be the best. I'd recommend that much of it.