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The Art of the Samurai Yamamoto Tsunetomo's Hagakure

Steben, Barry D. Translated By

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ISBN 10: 1844837203 / ISBN 13: 9781844837205
Published by Duncan Baird Publishers, London, 2008
Used Condition: VG- Hardcover
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Book is bound in orange cloth-covered boards with white and red titles with Japanese symbol on the cover. The cover of the book has a triangular discoloration on the lower third of the front and spine that continues onto the back cover . Numerous color illustrations of Samurais and their culture. 272 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 012217

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Title: The Art of the Samurai Yamamoto Tsunetomo's ...

Publisher: Duncan Baird Publishers, London

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Hard Back

Book Condition:VG-

Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket

Edition: First Edition New Illustrated Edition

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300 years ago, the former samurai Yamamoto Tsunetomo wrote Hagakure, a masterpiece on the art and values of these much-revered Japanese fighters; ever since, warrior chiefs have preserved it as a moral and practical treatise for themselves and their samurai retainers. Once closely guarded and shown to just a chosen few, it is now available to us all in this visually breathtaking new version.
Whereas Machiavelli’s The Prince shows how to succeed amid treacherous political intrigues and Sun Tzu’s The Art of War reveals battle strategies for bloodless victory, Hagakure offers fascinating insight into Japanese warrior-ness” a mindset steeped in Zen-Confucian philosophy. Yamamoto Tsunetomo tells his readers how to foster courage, serve selflessly, become a skilled master of your own destiny, and infuse life in the here and now with beauty while still acknowledging its transience. His timeless wisdom and profound aphorisms reflect important principles that still apply to life today.
This illustrated edition of the classic text is an essential and stunning addition to any home library.

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Barry D. Steben has a Ph.D. in East Asian languages and philosophy from the University of Toronto. He has lived in East Asia for nearly two decades and teaches at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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