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by Kacem Zoughari Ph.D.

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The Ninja, The Secret History of Ninjutsu: Ancient Shadow Warriors of Japan by Kacem Zoughari Ph.D. is a fascinating history book. Dr. Zoughari is obviously involved in martial arts and the subject is dear to his heart.

This is a very serious, meticulous and well researched book. The information in this book is very dense, and the list of resources and footnotes at the end is very impressive and will most like suffice as a comprehensive library of martial arts.

This insightful book is filled with obscure and documented details about Ninjutsu, as well as Dr. Zoughari’s thoughts and fascinating analysis on the subject. The author was not pushing the Ninja character glorified by pop-culture, but clearly shows the skill and artistry of the Ninja as both spy and warrior.

The book discusses traditional Ninja clans, assessing each clan and their techniques. The author goes on to give examples of the training, the culture and how they fit in Japanese society.

The later chapters, of the secrets texts of Ninjutsu were fascinating. For me, understanding how these warriors fitted into the Japanese warfare model was an enlightening read. This book is for both history and martial arts lovers alike.

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