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.
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This is an immensely entertaining history, packed with splendidly blood-thirsty tales of derring-do, feats of endurance and self-sacrifice.Read Full Review of Ninja: 1,000 Years of the Sha... | See more reviews from Guardian
...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...Read Full Review of Ninja: 1,000 Years of the Sha... | See more reviews from NY Journal of Books
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