“The warrior should not have a favorite weapon.” This book’s been represented to me several times as a good complement to Art of War. That’s a somewhat misleading characterization. Musashi’s approach to strategy is through swordsmanship: to fight with an army of ten thousand as you fight with two swords. But though he has much to say about the spirit and principles of a warrior, he leaves blank most of the larger canvas. Certainly, his core precepts are worth remembering:
The warrior should not have a favorite weapon.
The spirit of
is to win.
The spirit of fighting is to cut the other man.
Study the techniques of others, across all strata of society. Then do your own job well.
I think I would have gotten much more out of this if I knew more of sword-fighting; even so, there was much to learn even from the most sword-focused chapters.
Books read this year: 25