Ninja by John Man
1,000 Years of the Shadow Warrior

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...it would be helpful if the book were more specifically focused on...the history of the Ninjas with a more cogent narrative describing how Ninja practices contributed to that history...
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The first major pop history of the Japanese stealth assassins, John Man's Ninja is a meticulously researched, entertaining blend of mythology, anthropology, travelogue, and history of the legendary shadow warriors.

Spies, assassins, saboteurs, and secret agents, Ninja have become the subject of countless legends that continue to enthrall us in modern movies, video games, and comics—and their arts are still practiced in our time by dedicated acolytes who study the ancient techniques.

Ninja: 1,000 Years of the Shadow Warrior, by British historian John Man, is as colorful and intriguing as the warriors it so vividly brings to life.

 

About John Man

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John Man is a British historian and travel writer with a special interest in Asia. A graduate of Oxford who also has studied at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies, Man has written acclaimed and highly successful biographies of Genghis Khan, Attila the Hun, and Kublai Khan, and two works of history: Alpha Beta, the story of the alphabet, and The Gutenberg Revolution, on the invention of printing.
 
Published February 5, 2013 by William Morrow Paperbacks. 317 pages
Genres: History, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, War. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by PD Smith on May 31 2013

This is an immensely entertaining history, packed with splendidly blood-thirsty tales of derring-do, feats of endurance and self-sacrifice.

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NY Journal of Books

Below average
Reviewed by Dr. Mark Kass on Jan 30 2013

...it would be helpful if the book were more specifically focused on...the history of the Ninjas with a more cogent narrative describing how Ninja practices contributed to that history...

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