The Book of Five Rings
By Miyamoto Musashi, transl. by Thomas Cleary. 116 pg., 6" x 9" paperback. Here is one of the most insightful texts on the subtle arts of confrontation & victory to emerge from Asian culture. Written not only for martial artists but for leaders in all professions, the book analyzes the process of struggle & mastery over conflict that underlies human interaction. Composed in 1643 by a famed duelist and undefeated samurai. Cleary's is an accessible translation, free of jargon.