It's Japan's answer to the Harvard MBA.
Written over three centuries ago by a Samurai warrior, A Book of Five Rings has been hailed as a limitless source of psychological insight for businessmen or anyone who relies on strategy and tactics to outwit the competition.
Miyamoto Musashi was renowned in his own time as an invincible warrior, a master artisan, an author, and philosopher. Today, his philosophy is still revered by the Japanese and used as a guide for daily decision-making and business strategy. He wrote A Book of Five Rings not only as a thesis on doing battle, but also as a way to approach all aspects of life: "any situation where plans and tactics are used".
When A Book of Five Rings first appeared on North American bookshelves in 1974, its message took the business community by storm. It provided insight into the then-emerging Japanese influence and offered a new way to think about business. It instantly became a vital tool for assured success and has remained so ever since. The principles in this work are as true today as they were over 300 years ago, and are as valid for business negotiations as for hand-to-hand combat.
Based on the principles of Zen and advocating a hands-on approach to mastering the skills needed for winning, A Book of Five Rings is very likely the most perceptive guide to strategy ever written.
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For the busness men
I respect the idea of using the book as a base for ideas in busness, but in using it for a purpose other than its intent which is the teaching of surviving life and death struggle and a way to live by an ideal, you are in fact going against the spirit of the thing itsself and inturn the very book your reading... so the true meaning and depth of it will never become truely clear to you. I say this as a warning and for respect of the man who wrote it and the wisdom that inspired and motivated its creation.
As It Is, So Be It.
This book provides the best model for your life - If you can truly, TRULY understand "The Void"- to perfectly embrace ones self.
Interesting how they place a price of $10.95 for this 1 hour 35 minute book, whereas
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle maintenance at more than 6 hours is priced at around
$11.99. And that's not the only one.