Soul of the Samurai

Soul of the Samurai - Thomas Cleary First off, I received this book free through the Goodreads First Reads program.

Samurai's have always been more interesting to me than the Ninja, so when I saw this, I thought it'd be interesting. It was definitely interesting for me, but at times extremely dry. It also wasn't what I expected, yet at the same time it was. I expected more on the samurai and less on the sword, but at the same time I was aware swordsmanship was very vital to that of the Samurai. Definitely wouldn't use the sword techniques for anything, but the thought of taking care of the "sickness" of the mind was rather interesting and something useful.

A lot of what is discussed in here, about focal points, the mind, and movements made a lot of sense. It was always interesting seeing the different quotes from masters and applicants a like on what was being discussed.

Definitely recommend this to those who want to learn more about the Samurai, but be aware, you're learning more about their training and movement during their "fight" than the other parts of a Samurai's life.