Setting down his thoughts on swordplay, on winning, and on spirituality, legendary swordsman Miyamoto Musashi intended this modest work as a guide for his immediate disciples and future generations of samurai. He had little idea he was penning a masterpiece that would be eagerly devoured by people in all walks of life centuries after his death.
Along with The Art of War by Sun Tzu, The Book of Five Rings has long been regarded as an invaluable treatise on the strategy of winning. Musashi's timeless advice on defeating an adversary, throwing an opponent off-guard, creating confusion, and other techniques for overpowering an assailant was addressed to the readers of earlier times on the battlefield and now serves the modern reader in the battle of life.
In this new rendering by the translator of Hagakure and The Unfettered Mind, William Scott Wilson adheres rigorously to the seventeenth-century Japanese text and clarifies points of ambiguity in earlier translations. In addition, he offers an extensive introduction and a translation of Musashi's rarely published The Way of Walking Alone.
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This is a great book but the voice actor kills it. There is no sense of appreciation for what he is reading. I regret getting this.
Superior Audio Book
Not only is this a great translation of a Classic masterpiece of the martial arts, but the reader does an excellent job of bringing the manuscript to life with his inflection, verbal timing and overall delivery. I've listened to the audio book dozens of times now and still listening. I find the audio reinforcement useful since I am also studying the hardcopy prints of this and other translations of the work relentlessly. I highly recommend this audio book and would like to see more audio books from translator William Scott Wilson.
A joyful listen
The narrator does a great job here. The Book Of Five Rings is an esoteric piece of literature and a guideline to the insights of a fully fledged and prepared mindset. Each principle is analogous to everyday life and holds relevancy till this day. This is not entirely pertinent to a warrior but applicable to each and every individual.