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The Sword and the Mind

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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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it does make you wonder (in case your a martial arts geek) who would have won between him and Musashi
An interesting book. Lots of good info if you are interested in Japanese tactics and sword fighting. Not a book to be read in a day or two though. Chew it over a bit.
Great history section including, lineage and numerous footnotes explaining various terms and references.
great translation of the original texts.
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