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The Japanese Samurai Code: Classic Strategies for Success

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  29 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Bushido, the ethical system of Japan's famous samurai class, which ruled the country from 1192 until 1868, eventually came to encompass every aspect of the lives of the people—their philosophical and spiritual beliefs, their etiquette, their family life, their dress, their work, their aesthetic sense, even their recreation.

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Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 15th 2005 by Tuttle Publishing
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My Great Fascination for the Japanese Culture (or anything Japanese for that matter) was on overdrive the whole time reading this book. Samurais and Katanas,yes :)

In this book, Sir Boye Lafayette De Mente, have identified the positive factors in *Bushido that were primarily responsible for the astounding economic success of the Japanese and still today play a vital role on their economic prowess. Basically, demystifying the Samurai Code of ethics.

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I grew up in Japan, but it does help to step back and look at some of the aspects of Japanese culture from the outside. I recognize some significant truths in this book that otherwise would have been like "air" to me, to live and breath it without really noticing the significance of it. I value this book for the idea that the pursuit of certain virtues and values can shape nations and societies. Rather than thinking there is no way the East and the West could ever get along or understand one ano ...more
Must read. That is all. Understand Japanese culture of success.
Marija S.
Izvrsna knjiga, obvezno štivo za svakog japanofila

Mala opaska na ono što vjerujem da je omaška u pisanju: u hrvatskom izdanju 2008. god, na 24. strani, fusnota br 4 - mačevaoc koji se spominje je GANRYU (pravim imenom Sasaki Kojiro). Otok na kojem se odvijao notorni duel se njemu u spomen i danas zove Ganryu-jima
Kev cordeiro
Not a bad little book. Gives enough of the history to be interesting. I enjoyed the observations of the culrture. However, I wished he also included more of the negative aspects of "group think" and some of the unattractive side of Japanese culture.

All in all worth a read.
Rachel Bayles
A good book to read if you want to feel fed up with America.
Also, makes it hard to believe we can find much common ground with the Japanese.
Febyan Kudrat
Very inspire me for everyday life in work,social,troubleshooting.This book help me for find Musashi's side ini my personality.
Very informative... lends a great deal of insight into observed behavior in Japanese business culture.
Chee Pan
Good way to understand more in Japanese culture and way of the samurai in today's world
Gives a waaay too rosy picture of the "modern samurai," but at least the old ideals and history are well and shortly put. Almost every chapter ends with a notion of how the Western world should follow the Japanese, but the comparison doesn't seem fair without really discussing the cost of Bushi-do. The only things good are the Japanese terms for certain phenomena associated with the samurai and their correct meanings (I only assume, didn't check). One point for readability also. Maybe a good boo ...more
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Boyé Lafayette De Mente has been involved with Japan, China, Korea and Mexico since the late 1940s as a member of a U.S. intelligence agency, student, journalist, editor and author working out of Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, Singapore and Mexico City. He is a graduate of Jochi University in Tokyo, and The American Institute for Foreign Trade (in 1953), now Thunderbird School of Global Management, in G ...more
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