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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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Oct 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing
it does make you wonder (in case your a martial arts geek) who would have won between him and Musashi
Iris Dawn
I found this book during one of my little trips in a secondhand bookstore. Since I'm exploring a new genre, I picked it, read few pages, and thought this is the kind of book which will make you learn something that you will remember for a long, long time. I'm not well-versed with martial arts but the part here about the mind gave me few days of good munching.
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Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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!
Feb 26, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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great translation of the original texts.
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