from China, one from India, two from Italy, and two from Japan. These works provide insight into the thinking of warlords and kings who ruled across Asia and Europe in
ancient times. Some of these books are focused more on war and military science
("Art of War", "Book of Five Rings", "Hagakure"), others are more self-reflective and
develop an ethical philosophy ("Analects", "Meditations"), and others still are focused
more on politics and ruling ("Arthashastra", "The Prince"). Each of these books provides
a unique and historical perspective regarding these topics, and they complement each
other in tracing deep insight into the nature of leadership, war, politics, and statecraft.
Japan's business executives have long applied Musashi's teachings to their business methods. This book - the original life-guide by Japan's greatest warrior - means you can do so too. Written in 1645 by the most famous and unconquerable of all samurai, A Book of Five Rings is the classic guide to kendo swordmanship and a distillation of the philosophies of Zen, Shinto and Confucius. The West is now discovering what the Japanese have always known: that the ancient wisdom of the Samurai Way provides a strategy for decision and action in all areas of life - the home, the battleground and the boardroom.