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Warrior Dreams: The Martial Arts and the American Imagination

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This is an analysis of the martial arts as socio-cultural and symbolic phenomena. As Americans search for a sense of purpose, belonging, and structure in life, they have chosen an Asian cultural tradition and changed it to suit the needs of contemporary American society. A brief historical summary of the development of martial arts in Japan sets the scene for the reinterpr ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published January 30th 1994 by Bergin & Garvey
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I like some of th insights in this work regarding the asian martial arts and the american imaginatuion--they served for the catalyst for the novel Sensei.
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John Donohue is a novelist and martial artist whose novels in the Burke Yamashita series, Sensei, Deshi, Tengu and the forthcoming (July 2011) Kage all explore the world of elite martial arts training and the implications of a life of action