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The Book of Five Rings: "Go Rin No Sho"

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  • Posted November 27, 2010

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    A book for all businessmen

    I understand why this title is placed as a biography/history but believe me there could be no better place than among business listings. No, I have not added this to my nook, having only just purchased the color nook this week, but for 99 cents, it is a must for many business owners. The book itself contains much graphic writing about fighting strategy. Do not try any of this at home or anywhere for that matter. Use the psychology in the business sense. Musashi was a Samurai centuries ago in Japan. It was a different time and culture where survival meant focusing and using all possible senses were necesary. How this applies to todays business world will seem apparent when read. But some of the contents need reading several times to internally grasp it's application for your condition and how to apply in your business setting. I purchased my hardcover in the year 1977 when told by a friend that many Japanese businessmen keep a copy on their desk. Alot of business is like warfare. Successful strategies in business require your sharpest tools best used. Businessmen with e-readers couldn't hurt to have a copy of this on their tablet. I certainly will.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 23, 2011

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    Worthy Of Study

    Myamoto Musashi is considered the greatest swordsman to have ever lived and his writings are considered the Japanese equivalent of Sun Tzu's The Art of War. Albeit brief by comparison with Sun Tzu's work, it is no less powerful. Do not speed read through this. Study each and every sentence carefully.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2013

    Great Book

    Like many good books from China and Japan it a book that grasp not just content but the spirit of everything that can be applied to it. Its the kind of book that you highlight make your own personal notes then keep it as a reference.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2012

    Good book

    Great book and interesting read for historical and current relevance.

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  • Posted February 7, 2012

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    Have Read Better Translations

    Although I have read better translations of this book it's still a classic. You don't need to be a martial artist, a swordsman or even a business person to appreciate it. Unlike Sun Tzu which tells you how to fight like a warrior, The Book of Five Rings teaches you about the state of mind a warrior needs to be successful. These timeless principles can be applied to every underlying level of human interaction. A great read for all!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    Classic

    I've had a copy of this book for decades and enjoy reading it again from time to time. I have studied martial arts since I was a child, lived in Japan for four years, and am now a career military officer. It remains on my bookshelf and now in my Nook.

    This version has occasional formatting issues on my Nook - mostly lost spaces between paragraphs and the like, hence the lost star - but is very readable. The translation works and doesn't have some of the cumbersome phrases that can burden any book translated from one language to another.

    All in all, I'm glad to have it and find myself returning to it from time to time in idle moments... just the reason I got it in the first place.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2011

    Awesome book but a bad translation

    This is an amazing book, bit i would suggest buying a better translation. There is a spelling error on every other page and once i had to refer to my friend's copy to understand it. Other than that, it is pretty understandable for a one dollar book. It is worth it if you really want to save money, but if you want a quality translation of this amazing book, I would suggest buying another a translation.

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