Code of the Samurai: A Modern Translation of the Bushido Shoshinshu of Taira Shigesuke

Code of the Samurai: A Modern Translation of the Bushido Shoshinshu of Taira Shigesuke

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ISBN-13: 9780804831901
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Publication date: 09/15/1999
Edition description: Hardcover with Jacket
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 203,879
Product dimensions: 5.82(w) x 10.94(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Thomas Cleary is one of the best known and most accomplished translators of the wisdom of Asia. He holds a doctorate in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. Cleary has translated Soul of the Samurai , Samurai Wisdom , The Art of War and Secrets of the Japanese Art of Warfare , as well as over 70 other titles on martial arts philosophy, Buddhism, Taoism and religion.

Oscar Ratti co-authored Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere and Secrets of the Samurai: The Martial Arts of Feudal Japan , and was a frequent contributor of artwork and essays to major publications.

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Code of the Samurai: A Modern Translation of the Bushido Shoshinshu of Taira Shigesuke 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To read and to follow this book is to better one's self. This book is for any serious martial artist!
znorris on LibraryThing 19 days ago
This English translation is a great read even for the modern warrior. As a Marine I am able to apply many of this books teachings to my every day life. Even though the way we wage war has changed dramatically over the years the heart of the individual warrior has not. I highly recommend this book to all of my Marines as well as Japanese aficionados.
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This book has really opened my eyes to the old ways of Japan- and how they influenced the country today. As a martial artist and philosopher, I have to say that you must read this book! And if you do- don't do it for a grade or credit, and don't think of it as becoming a samurai. Read it for the knowledge and fun it will bring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like the Art of War by Sun Tzu, this book should be read and read agian by any aspiring leader. The Code of the Samurai is in itself a complete standard that should be adopted to lead a successful life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a Great book for people who are into this. It a really great adaptation of what the cod of the bushido/samurai is. I couldnt get away from this book
Guest More than 1 year ago
In my opinion as a martial artist, I found this to be an interesting and informative book. From reading this, I feel I have learned a little bit about the way of life of a Samurai warrior.
Guest More than 1 year ago
read the book it is the best it teaches yo how to become a samurai and everything
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has a dynamic outlook of the many steps to becoming or wanting to become a samurai warrior. It explains as it should the discipline and the harsh reality of the struggles those in the past had to go through to become samurai. a very good book to read and own.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is called The Code of the Samurai. The author of this book is Thomas Cleary (Translator), Taira Shigesuke and Oscar Ratti (Illustrator). This book is about the rules and expectations of all samurai. It¿s not as much as a book with a beginning middle and an end but serves more as a guide book to someone who is learning about certain aspects of a samurai¿s life and the truths that they believed in. This book was very interesting. I liked the fact that the author gave as many aspects of the samurai¿s life as he could, which is an indicator of a good author. The only things I didn¿t like about the book is that the author didn¿t use a lot of Japanese vocabulary, which may have been because of the translation that Cleary provided and it got kind of boring. The book wasn¿t a very exciting read because it really didn¿t have a conflict. You can¿t really feel like you¿re in the book because it¿s not the type of book that has a lot of action in it. The book was very realistic and you could see that it was accurate because the original author was Japanese. The ending of the book was pretty much like the rest of the book, since there was not a traditional beginning, middle and end. The author¿s writing style was unique but not very good because he made the book seem like it was like a list with a description. The author uses a 3rd person voice, which is typical. The author¿s vocabulary was more difficult than your usual book but I just wish he used more Japanese terminology. The author definitely did not use much dialogue within the characters but he did make sure that they were thoroughly described. I think if he separated the chapters and made them longer and put a little more history in it, it could have been better. On a scale from 1-10 I would give this book a 7 because it did give me an insight on the samurai but it was very boring and I wanted a little more history in the book. I admit the author had potential but the book could have been better. I recommend this book to people of all ages.