Ninja: A History [NOOK Book]

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In this revelatory book, acclaimed author John Man's thrilling historical account brings to life the world of the ninjas, the Japanese "shadow warriors," whose otherworldly skills as assassins and spies still seize our imaginations like few characters before or since. Ninja is the first major history of these legendary masters of stealth warfare.

Out of the violent chaos of medieval Japan, a remarkable band of peasants from the mountainous Iga and Koga provinces rose to become ...

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Overview

In this revelatory book, acclaimed author John Man's thrilling historical account brings to life the world of the ninjas, the Japanese "shadow warriors," whose otherworldly skills as assassins and spies still seize our imaginations like few characters before or since. Ninja is the first major history of these legendary masters of stealth warfare.

Out of the violent chaos of medieval Japan, a remarkable band of peasants from the mountainous Iga and Koga provinces rose to become some of the world's most feared warriors. These poor villagers trained to perfect the art of ninjutsu—the deadly union of martial skill and deception—to defend themselves against far more powerful warlords, samurai, bandits, and warrior monks who sought to exploit them. They disciplined their minds as much as their bodies—sitting under waterfalls to purify themselves and adhering to mystical religious beliefs. By 1500, the ninja's extraordinary talents, from infiltrating cliff-top castles to carrying out daring strikes for the imperial shoguns, were in demand across Japan.

Today, however, these real-life ninjas are overshadowed by legend and pop-culture caricatures. Could they fly? Climb walls? Cast spells? Survive being boiled alive? Or make themselves invisible? Drawing on a wealth of historical texts, local Japanese sources, and his long study of medieval Asia, John Man unravels the authentic ninjas, taking us back a millennium to their origins in China, through to their heyday in the bloody civil wars that ended with the unification of Japan in 1600.

But the story does not end there. Man argues the Japanese tradition of shadow warfare survived quietly for centuries before reemerging through the Nakano Spy School, the elite twentieth-century military-intelligence academy whose graduates operated one of the most extensive spy networks during World War II. Now in his nineties, one former Nakano soldier named Onoda Hiroo may be the "last of the ninjas."

Compelling and absorbing, Ninja propels us from feudal Japan to the modern day, revealing at last the fascinating true history behind one of the world's most enduring legends.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062202666
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/5/2013
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 224,191
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

John Man is a British historian and travel writer with a special interest in Asia. A graduate of Oxford who also studied at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies, Man is the author of Samurai, Genghis Khan, Attila the Hun, Kublai Khan, Alpha Beta, and The Gutenberg Revolution.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    Good book

    A good book by some standards. A little slow. Still a good book for anyone interestested in history.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2014

    To silver

    Zixzan is locked out and says to go to dog result one

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2014

    Silver

    You little B#$%& i dont know who you think your talking too but mabe you should get your facts straight and think because zixans BROTHER was using his name you stupid skank!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Striking

    Meh, not helping. Oh, um, Sunsetpaw is kitting at camp. That's where she is. And I'm not going to be at camp for it...

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    Katanas look like this

    O====|::::::::::::::::::::::::::/ T_T

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    I um.. can draw a sword

    o--|============> um rate this 1-5 thanks - thuggninja144

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2013

    Fallenheart

    Helo im new...... im also looking fer a mate

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2013

    Ninjastar

    Sighs

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2013

    Flameclaw

    Hello

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2013

    Orphan Black

    Waks in. Is so stealthy that even Ninjastar doen't notice him come in. Stands in a corner and says, "Greetings."

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2013

    If there is anyone here from sewoa

    Go to reunion res 2. We have kat celestia and rissencrest

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2013

    Melina to knoxx

    U on?

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2013

    Knoxx

    Bye

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    W

    Right.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2013

    C===={|::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::>

    THIS IS MY KATANA BLADE!!!!!!

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    Rebel leader

    Ok you are now rebel warrior W

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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