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The Way of the Samurai

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This classic text by Inazo Nitobe defining the moral code of the warrior class or Samurai has had a huge impact both in the West and in Japan itself. Drawing on Japanese traditions such as Shinto and Buddhism, and citing parallels with Western philosophy and literature, Nitobe's text is essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand the traditional Samurai culture a ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published November 15th 2016 by Arcturus Publishing
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Freddie Silva
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
While this is a short read, it is not necessarily a quick one. Inazo Nitobe was highly educated and his writing reflects this. This is a book that takes some thought, to not only follow the vocabulary of the author, but the concepts and comparisons that he postulates.

I enjoyed the insight into the philosophy of the Japanese samurai warrior, and the Japanese people. Inazo Nitobe effectively compares this philosophy to that of the European knight and the christian thought of his age. Very informa
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Michael Victor
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
"What won the battles on the Yalu, in Korea and Manchuria, were the ghosts of our fathers, guiding our hands and beating in our hearts." ...more
Leo .
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you like Japanese history and martial arts this is a good book.🐯👍
Pisethneat
Apr 19, 2020 rated it liked it
"A sword is only as good as the man who wields it." - A Feast for Crows by George R.R Martin

It's the mind. The moral code. Derived from feudalism practice for the warrior class. The insane training regimen for the mind even for a samurai-cub. The lasting effect for over a hundred years after the feudalism era ended, and surprisingly, more than the book could foresee since it was first published in 1900.

Known as "Bushido" in Japanese, the book outlined the history of Samurai's morality and how it
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beth
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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This book is a quick glance into the way of the samurai. Not really what I expected but I guess not much to expect from a quick read. I wanted more details about samurais but it makes sense as an introduction. Makes many references to western culture to understand the concepts. Will look for more books to go more in depth. Quick, easy read. But overall expected more.
Phoenix
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Important words from a wise man. A lesson in Ethnocentrism and the importance of educating ones self in the history of others.
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Inazo Nitobe (1862-1933): agriculturalist, scholar, Quaker, philosopher, statesman, educator.

Inazo Nitobe was educated at Sapporo Agricultural College, University of Tokyo, Johns Hopkins, and University of Halle (Germany). Early in his life he expressed the desire to be a “bridge over the Pacific” and he devoted much of his life to promoting trust and understanding between the United States and J
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