The Ways of the Samurai: From Ronins to Ninjas to the Fiercest Warriors in Japanese History

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For More Than 700 Years Japan was Dominated by a Military Caste -- the Samurai. To the Western Mind These Fearsome Warriors -- Samurai. The Masterless Ronin. And the Assassin Ninja -- Have Always been a Source of Mystery and Wonder. Combining the Idealism of Chivalry with Military Fanaticism. The Ways of the Samurai Digs Beneath the Myth and Reveals a Truth Even More Amazing about the Men Who Practiced a Discipline Drawn from Zen and Confucian Ethics.
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For More Than 700 Years Japan was Dominated by a Military Caste -- the Samurai. To the Western Mind These Fearsome Warriors -- Samurai. The Masterless Ronin. And the Assassin Ninja -- Have Always been a Source of Mystery and Wonder. Combining the Idealism of Chivalry with Military Fanaticism. The Ways of the Samurai Digs Beneath the Myth and Reveals a Truth Even More Amazing about the Men Who Practiced a Discipline Drawn from Zen and Confucian Ethics.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780760770474
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/14/2005
  • Pages: 149
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 10.64 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

1. The First Samurai 1
2. War Between Warlords 13
3. The Height of the Samurai 27
4. Tales of the Ronin 43
5. Daily Life of the Samurai 55
6. Ways of the Warrior 67
7. The Samurai's Secret Weapon: Ninja 77
8. Studying the Martial Arts 87
9. The Samurai Legacy 95
A Selection of Highlights of Samurai History
The Fourth Battle of Kawanakajima October 1561 101
The Battle of Nagashino June 29, 1575 123
A Return to Traditional Ways 135
Glossary 143
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  • Posted March 2, 2009

    Just OK

    This book is well written, but fairly inaccurate in its historical content. This is especially true when the examine the Mongol empire and its twice failed attempts to overtake Japan. Otherwise, it is an enjoyable quick read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2006

    A fun read

    My mother got me this book one day out of the blue knowing that i had an interest in the subject so i read it and not only learned alot but enjoyed the whole thing. Buy it and see for yourself

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2006

    Great Read

    Great book if you want to learn about samurais and their culture. Teaches a lot about the wars and tells some japanese myths about samurais, ninjas, and other warriors. It's a small book, but a great read if you're into learning a new culture.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2006

    the ways of the samurai

    The ways of the samurai This book is called the ways of the samurai and was written by Carol Gaskin & Vince Hawkins. This book describes over 700 years of history in Japan and is mainly focused on the samurai. The samurai were always at war and extremely complex. The word samurai means ¿to serve¿, the samurai will have his sword be his life he is sometimes given one at birth and then buried with it in his tomb. Personally I love this book. It had interesting information and you really understand the history of Japan. The only things I didn¿t like were that they kind of started to repeat information throughout the book and it was kind of short. The book wasn¿t exactly exciting to read because they were just giving information but when they were telling stories about famous battles and swordsmen it was interesting. You did feel like you were in the book because of the fact that they tell you almost every aspect of the life of a samurai. The characters in the book were realistic and seemed accurate unless they were telling of legend. The ending was interesting and well put I thought, they did not go through the book chronologically but they did talk about the end of the samurai and the beginning of the modern age. The author uses a 3rd person voice that he uses throughout the book. I was very glad that the author used a lot of Japanese vocabulary and it was interesting to learn what they meant. Something unique about the author was that he didn¿t just talk about their adult life as a solder they talk about how they were children and how they died. There wasn¿t a lot of dialogue in the book, the only time they used dialogue is when they told stories about famous swordsmen. On a scale from 1-10 I would give this book a 9 because it had a lot of interesting information that was thorough and precise but the only down side to this book was that they repeated a lot of the information and it was very short. I highly recommend this book to people of all ages and I think that it really gives you a small insight on Japanese history. I think that the Japanese people were a great people and that they will be remembered throughout history

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2006

    Best and Simple!

    This is one of the best and simple book about Samurai and Ninja in feudal Japan. Must read!

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