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Ninja: The True Story of Japan's Secret Warrior Cult

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This is a true and revealing account of the Ninja, the Japanese clandestine warrior cult of assassins and spies that has acquired a legendary status among martial arts enthusiasts and military historians. From material previously unpublished in the West, Stephen Turnbull recounts the history, battles, science, mysticism and even the modern aspects of the Ninja. Many of the ...more
Unknown Binding, 160 pages
Published January 1st 1991 by Firebird Books Ltd.
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Jul 25, 2008 Medium Photographics rated it it was amazing
The ninja cult adds a touch of mystery to martial arts and offers the guarantee of supreme success - or death. Contrast this with Ivan Morris's The Nobility of Failure which appeared in 1975, at the time when the ninja craze in the West was getting under way. It is the classic study of the psychology of a very different archetype of the Japanese warrior, the man who devotes everything to his cause, accepts no compromise, and is finally beaten by his triumphant enemy, dying by his own hand secure ...more
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"Ninja history" may be a grey area - some can argue what we know as ninja today never actually existed, others can site all sorts of alleged 'secret scrolls' that chart centuries of martial arts techniques. My personal belief is the truth is probably somewhere in between, but what IS true is that for centuries, black-clad commandos with outre tools and skills unique in the samurai world have been popular in historical lore, fictional media and the minds of millions worldwide.

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Stephen Richard Turnbull is British a historian specializing in eastern military history, especially the samurai of Japan. His books are mainly on Japanese and Mongolian subjects. He attended Cambridge University where he gained his first degree. He currently holds an MA in Theology, MA in Military History and a PhD from the University of Leeds where he is currently a lecturer in Far Eastern Relig ...more
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