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The Sword and the Mind, The Classic Japanese Treatise on Swordsmanship and Tactics

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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
Hardcover, 133 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Barnes & Noble Books (first published 1986)
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William
it does make you wonder (in case your a martial arts geek) who would have won between him and Musashi
Jared Shearer
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!
Neil
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.
Brandon
Great history section including, lineage and numerous footnotes explaining various terms and references.
Daikan
great translation of the original texts.
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