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The astounding transformation of tiny, resource-poor Japan into the world's second largest economy in the span of less than 30 years was due to the ongoing influence of an ancient samurai code of ethics-a code that once made the Japanese unbeatable warriors in hand-to-hand combat and which now makes them formidable strategists in business and other fields. The most famous c The astounding transformation of tiny, resource-poor Japan into the world's second largest economy in the span of less than 30 years was due to the ongoing influence of an ancient samurai code of ethics-a code that once made the Japanese unbeatable warriors in hand-to-hand combat and which now makes them formidable strategists in business and other fields. The most famous combat strategist in Japanese history was Musashi Miyamoto, a warrior who lived from 1584 to 1645. Musashi fought his first duel to the death when he was 13, killing a veteran warrior more than twice his age. By the time he was 29 he had killed over 60 other warriors in death duels and was a legend in his own time. Just before he died, Musashi recorded his philosophy, strategies, and tactics in a short treatise entitled Go Rin Sho "The Book of Five Rings". Samurai Strategies has extracted the fundamentals of Musashi's tactics from this esoteric little book and explains them here in the modern context of business, politics, and war. Musashi's strategies for winning are as valid today as they were in seventeenth century Japan and provide valuable insights for anyone in any field of endeavor--from business, war, and sports to the fields of art, love, and politics.


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The astounding transformation of tiny, resource-poor Japan into the world's second largest economy in the span of less than 30 years was due to the ongoing influence of an ancient samurai code of ethics-a code that once made the Japanese unbeatable warriors in hand-to-hand combat and which now makes them formidable strategists in business and other fields. The most famous c The astounding transformation of tiny, resource-poor Japan into the world's second largest economy in the span of less than 30 years was due to the ongoing influence of an ancient samurai code of ethics-a code that once made the Japanese unbeatable warriors in hand-to-hand combat and which now makes them formidable strategists in business and other fields. The most famous combat strategist in Japanese history was Musashi Miyamoto, a warrior who lived from 1584 to 1645. Musashi fought his first duel to the death when he was 13, killing a veteran warrior more than twice his age. By the time he was 29 he had killed over 60 other warriors in death duels and was a legend in his own time. Just before he died, Musashi recorded his philosophy, strategies, and tactics in a short treatise entitled Go Rin Sho "The Book of Five Rings". Samurai Strategies has extracted the fundamentals of Musashi's tactics from this esoteric little book and explains them here in the modern context of business, politics, and war. Musashi's strategies for winning are as valid today as they were in seventeenth century Japan and provide valuable insights for anyone in any field of endeavor--from business, war, and sports to the fields of art, love, and politics.

30 review for Samurai Strategies: 42 Martial Secrets from Musashi's Book of Five Rings

  1. 4 out of 5

    TK Keanini

    This is the best summary book on the work of Musashi. You should also read Five Rings and all the text but this is a great book to give a small and concise summary of all these strategies.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nugraha

    predictable...banal...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Caleb Chumley

    Very interesting to learn about the art of Musashi. But I was a bit disappointed when the book got repetitive or dismissive, it felt more like a starting point to look into the various ideas presented - definitely an accessible, quick read on an interesting subject. One point that I jumped off of is the power of words and how they are presented; the subtle shifts we must differentiate between. The obvious one presented is to focus on the whole picture, but also to hone in on small important deta Very interesting to learn about the art of Musashi. But I was a bit disappointed when the book got repetitive or dismissive, it felt more like a starting point to look into the various ideas presented - definitely an accessible, quick read on an interesting subject. One point that I jumped off of is the power of words and how they are presented; the subtle shifts we must differentiate between. The obvious one presented is to focus on the whole picture, but also to hone in on small important details. I also really liked how there were many different chapter with many different. Overall, I would rate this book a 3 out of 5.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tze Lan

    Digests the Book of Five Rings for readers. It is probably a lot easier to read than the Book of Five Rings and also contains useful snippets on Musashi’s life and times to help readers understands the context. I had read Book of Five Rings as a teenager and found it difficult to understand and apply. Will try again after reading this. Helps readers to gain an understanding of Japanese culture and spirit. It can be a bit repetitive at times.

  5. 5 out of 5

    James

    Picked it up at Goodwill. A short read, kindling for the reading fire. I liked it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    It was alright, you'll want to read the book of five rings in conjunction with this text. It was alright, you'll want to read the book of five rings in conjunction with this text.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Connell

    Excellent breakdown of 42 key lessons from the Book of Five Rings. Definitely worth a read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    Very interesting to learn about Musashi and touch on his advice, was a bit disappointed when the book got repetitive or dismissive ('and of course this is applicable today' etc, several chapters in a row). It felt more like a starting point to look into the various ideas presented - definitely an accessible, quick read on an interesting subject. One point that I jumped off of is the power of words and how they are presented; the subtle shifts we must differentiate between. The obvious one presen Very interesting to learn about Musashi and touch on his advice, was a bit disappointed when the book got repetitive or dismissive ('and of course this is applicable today' etc, several chapters in a row). It felt more like a starting point to look into the various ideas presented - definitely an accessible, quick read on an interesting subject. One point that I jumped off of is the power of words and how they are presented; the subtle shifts we must differentiate between. The obvious one presented is to focus on the whole picture, but also to hone in on small important details. Take too, for example, the advice to act before the enemy has time to think, yet also to play mind games to mess up his thinking, but also a well-trained warrior doesn't think and acts only on instincts. Strategy can be complicated. Also, another good point is the explanation that Japanese culture encourages continued learning - e.g., samurai practice daily - there's no peak and then you're done with something. Hobbies and knowledge are lifelong pursuits.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Devin

    Much better book then one might imagine from the title. A philosophy for competitive success, drawn from “Book of Five Rings” by Musasi, the greatest Japanese swordsman. I love Musashi’s philosophy and find it more relevant to individual endeavor than the more famous “Art of War” by Sun Tzu which is geared to leaders of a large enterprise such as an army, a state, or big corporation. Samurai Strategies was so insightful that I am going to do something I never do, and read the book again.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Andreas Michaelides

    Anyone that is into strategy military or not should acquire this book. The strategies presented in this small big are with knowing and utilizing, it’s something different from the Art of War of Sun Tzu.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bert

    An interesting and modern look from a classic. Don't let the title fool you, this is a great philosophical treatise, a "self help" book if you will. But not in a 21st century whiny, I'm a victim way. I truly enjoy eastern philosophy and this book was clear and concise. An interesting and modern look from a classic. Don't let the title fool you, this is a great philosophical treatise, a "self help" book if you will. But not in a 21st century whiny, I'm a victim way. I truly enjoy eastern philosophy and this book was clear and concise.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Fhia

    singkat, padat, jelas. nggak butuh waktu lama buat baca buku ini.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Venus

    empowering.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ravyn

    A concise and easy to read summary on Bushido and the life of Musashi

  15. 4 out of 5

    Chris Bertagnole

    One of those books it is good to come back to from time to time.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Avinda

  17. 4 out of 5

    Zefanya Novianti

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sarpin

  19. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Bray

  20. 4 out of 5

    Justyna

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jim

  22. 4 out of 5

    Joni Chng

  23. 4 out of 5

    Martin Kendall

  24. 5 out of 5

    Birgit

  25. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Baker

  26. 5 out of 5

    Hobbes1339

  27. 5 out of 5

    Shane Studebaker

  28. 4 out of 5

    Adrian Koh

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rob

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lay C.

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