A study of the subtle arts of leadership, conflict and mastery, "The Book of Five Rings" was composed in 1643 by the famed duellist and undefeated samurai, Miyamoto Musashi. This manual presents a translation which seeks to speak not only to martial artists but to business people and leaders in all professions. It also includes another Japanese classic on leadership and strategy: "The Book of Family Traditions on the Art of War", by Yagyu Munenori. The volume features a ribbon marker and endpapers.
Miyamoto Musashi, who lived in Japan in the 1600s, was an undefeated dueler, a masterless samurai, and an independent teacher. He spent the last decades of his life refining and teaching his military science.