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Review of ‘The Book of Five Rings’

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The art of Japanese sword fighting is as much Zen as war, and the principles can be applied to the boardroom as well as the battlefield. The 17th century classic, The Book of Five Rings, by the legendary Japanese swordsman, Miyamoto Musashi, details the techniques that must be mastered if one is not only to master the art of battle, but, one’s self.

Translated, and reissued by XistPublishing in e-book format, this short book offers techniques—albeit not in exhaustive detail—for becoming a master strategist. These techniques can be applied to any endeavor, and, with practice, can lead to a significant change in outlook and outcomes.

As a bonus, the last third of the book is a guide for book clubs, that can be used in evaluating book club presentations. This guide is, believe it or not, also useful for authors, regardless of skill level, as a means of improving their writing.

This version had a number of typos that were missed in proofreading. I give it four stars.