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The Samurai: The Philosophy of Victory (edition 2005)

by Robert T. Samuel, James Sarfati (Cover designer)

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Presents extracts from Samurai manuals as well as extracts from Samurai literature.
Title:The Samurai: The Philosophy of Victory
Authors:Robert T. Samuel
Other authors:James Sarfati (Cover designer)
Info:Barnes and Noble (2005), Hardcover
Collections:Your library
Tags:samurai, illustrated, Japan, warrior, bushi

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The Samurai: The Philosophy of Victory by Robert T. Samuel



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The history and manners of the samurai is very well documented, yet in the West it seems locked away, either for lack of translation or a hesitation to share. The Hollywood view of the Samurai has shaped the life of the fabled Japanese warrior in our minds. Expectations for this book was very high, but Robert T. Samuel has missed the bar, barely getting off the ground.

The art reproduction is very good, and does repeat at times, surely without need. What hurt this book is the editing, or apparent lack of the red pencil. Poor wording (translation?), double printed words or sentences, and the mish-mash representation of topics made the reading very laborious and tiring.

Minus the distractions from the text language and layout, learning of the warrior way and its teachers is invaluable for the imagination. Without any other source for the English reader, this will have to do. ( )
  jimcripps | Sep 16, 2019 |
Concise Descriptions of the life and values of the Samurai with illustrations and some reproductions of Japanese prints
  UniversalCostumeDept | May 10, 2013 |
I picked this book up in Barnes & Noble's, enticed by the beautiful and epic looking cover, and read it in the cafe. I loved it! I have read many books about Japanese history and culture, but never one that ingrained the samurai so well into present-day culture and relevance.
Concentrating on bushido, the rigorous Samurai code of honor that translates literally as "the way of the warrior," this book also includes a lot of history, philosophy, and military strategy.
I also loved all of the colorful Japanese art on every page.
If you are interested in Japanese culture, history, or enjoyed Sun Tzu's "The Art of War," you should read this book. ( )
  joririchardson | Jan 20, 2010 |
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