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The Sword and the Mind
It is no accident that the age of the great Japanese swordsmen coincided with that country's transition from a loose group of warrior states to a stable nation. As you will discover in The Sword & the Mind, this pivotal seventeenth-century how-to guide for the swordsman is also a penetrating philosophical and psychological treatise on strategy. Yagyu Munenori's step-by ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published June 6th 1988 by Overlook Books
(first published 1986)
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Not what I expected! I started reading this expecting it to be more along the lines of "Hagakure", in that it would just be some sporadic ramblings about swordsmanship from that time period. Instead it was a very well organized period work on swordsmanship and the proper mindset for a swordsman. A really interesting take on practical Zen Buddhism as well. Great read!