The Lone Samurai by William Scott Wilson
The Life of Miyamoto Musashi

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Miyamoto Musashi (1584‒1645) was the legendary samurai known throughout the world as a master swordsman, spiritual seeker, and author of the classic book on strategy, the Book of Five Rings. Over 350 years after his death, Musashi and his legacy still fascinate us and continue to inspire artists, authors, and filmmakers. Here, respected translator and expert on samurai culture William Scott Wilson has created both a vivid account of a fascinating period in feudal Japan and a portrait of the courageous, iconoclastic samurai who wrestled with philosophical and spiritual ideas that are as relevant today as they were in his time. For Musashi, the way of the martial arts was about mastery of the mind rather than simply technical prowess—and it is this path to mastery that is the core teaching in his Book of Five Rings. This volume includes supplemental material on Musashi’s legacy as a martial arts icon, his impact on literature and film, and the influence of his Book of Five Rings.
 

About William Scott Wilson

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William Scott Wilson is the foremost translator into English of traditional Japanese texts on samurai culture. His best-selling translations include Hagakure and The Book of Five Rings.
 
Published March 26, 2013 by Shambhala Publications. 305 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Arts & Photography, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, War, Law & Philosophy, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Wilson, a veteran translator and a longtime student of Japanese language and literature, shows clearly the influence of Zen on Musashi’s thinking, art, and writing.

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Musashi is primarily known in the West as the author of The Book of Five Rings , a guide to swordsmanship strategies that became a essential business-strategy man

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Musashi is primarily known in the West as the author of The Book of Five Rings , a guide to swordsmanship strategies that became a essential business-strategy manual in the 1980s.

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