The Lone Samurai: The Life of Miyamoto Musashi

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Shambhala #ad - Miyamoto musashi 1584?1645 was the legendary samurai known throughout the world as a master swordsman, spiritual seeker, and author of the classic book on strategy, the Book of Five Rings. Over 350 years after his death, Musashi and his legacy still fascinate us and continue to inspire artists, authors, and filmmakers.

Here, respected translator and expert on samurai culture William Scott Wilson has created both a vivid account of a fascinating period in feudal Japan and a portrait of the courageous, iconoclastic samurai who wrestled with philosophical and spiritual ideas that are as relevant today as they were in his time.

The Lone Samurai: The Life of Miyamoto Musashi #ad - For musashi, the way of the martial arts was about mastery of the mind rather than simply technical prowess—and it is this path to mastery that is the core teaching in his Book of Five Rings. This volume includes supplemental material on Musashi’s legacy as a martial arts icon, his impact on literature and film, and the influence of his Book of Five Rings.

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Teutonic Knights

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Frontline Books #ad - And it was the crusade which chiefly characterized and breathed life into this Holy Order. William urban’s narrative charts the rise and fall of the Order and, in an accessible and engaging style, throws light on a band of knights whose deeds and motives have long been misunderstood. The book is replete with dramatic episodes - such as the battle on frozen Lake Peipus in 1242, or the disaster of Tannenberg - but focuses primarily on the knights’ struggle to maintain power, fend off incursions and raiding bands and to launch crusades against unbelieving foes.

Feared by their enemies but respected by medieval Christendom, the knights and their Order maintained a firm hold over the Baltic and northern Germany and established a formidable regime which flourished across Central Europe for 300 years. This major new book surveys the gripping history of the knights and their Order and relates their rise to power; their struggles against Prussian pagans; the series of wars against Poland and Lithuania; the clash with Alexander Nevsky’s Russia; and the gradual stagnation of the order in the fourteenth century.

Teutonic Knights #ad - The teutonic Knights were powerful and ferocious advocates of holy war. Their history is suffused with crusading, campaigning and struggle.

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Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn

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Ecco #ad - Why does such a small country speak to so many global concerns? more pressingly: Why does Israel make the decisions it does? And what lies in its future?We cannot answer these questions until we understand Israel’s people and the questions and conflicts, the hopes and desires, that have animated their conversations and actions.

Though israel’s history is rife with conflict, these conflicts do not fully communicate the spirit of Israel and its people: they give short shrift to the dream that gave birth to the state, and to the vision for the Jewish people that was at its core. The result is a vivid portrait of a people, and a nation, reborn.

Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn #ad - Accessible, levelheaded, and rigorous, Israel sheds light on the Israel’s past so we can understand its future. With israel, economic, public intellectual Daniel Gordis offers us a brief but thorough account of the cultural, and political history of this complex nation, from its beginnings to the present.

Guiding us through the milestones of Israeli history, Gordis relays the drama of the Jewish people’s story and the creation of the state. Winner of the jewish book of the year awardthe first comprehensive yet accessible history of the state of Israel from its inception to present day, from Daniel Gordis, "one of the most respected Israel analysts" The Forward living and writing in Jerusalem.

Israel is a tiny state, aroused its imagination, and lately, and yet it has captured the world’s attention, been the object of its opprobrium. Clear-eyed and erudite, he illustrates how Israel became a cultural, economic and military powerhouse—but also explains where Israel made grave mistakes and traces the long history of Israel’s deepening isolation.

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The Roman Empire and the Indian Ocean: The Ancient World Economy and the Kingdoms of Africa, Arabia and India

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Pen and Sword Military #ad - Many continued their voyages across the ocean to trade with the rich kingdoms of ancient India. Further chapters explore roman dealings with the Arab kingdoms of south Arabia, including the Saba-Himyarites and the Hadramaut Regime, which sent caravans along the incense trail to the ancient rock-carved city of Petra.

The roman empire and the indian ocean is the first book to bring these subjects together in a single comprehensive study that reveals Rome's impact on the ancient world and explains how international trade funded the Legions that maintained imperial rule. Freighters from the roman empire left with bullion and returned with cargo holds filled with valuable trade goods, including exotic African products, Arabian incense and eastern spices.

It investigates contacts between the Roman Empire and powerful African kingdoms, including the Nilotic regime that ruled Meroe and the rising Axumite Realm. In ancient times large fleets of Roman merchant ships set sail from Egypt on voyages across the Indian Ocean. They sailed from roman ports on the Red Sea to distant kingdoms on the east coast of Africa and the seaboard off southern Arabia.

The Roman Empire and the Indian Ocean: The Ancient World Economy and the Kingdoms of Africa, Arabia and India #ad - The ancient evidence suggests that international commerce supplied Roman government with up to a third of the revenues that sustained their empire. It offers a new international perspective on the Roman Empire and its legacy for modern society. This book examines roman commerce with Indian kingdoms from the Indus region to the Tamil lands.

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Great Boer War

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Pen and Sword #ad - Byron farwell traces the war’s origins, political developments in london and pretoria, the bungling and bickering of the British command, the slow mounting of the British efforts to overthrow the Afrikaners, Mafeking and Kimberley, the sieges of Ladysmith, the remarkable series of bloody battles that almost consistently ended in victory for the Boers over the much more numerous British forces, the concentration camps into which Boer families were herded and the exhausting guerrilla warfare of the last few years when the Boer armies were finally driven from the field.

The great boer war is a definitive history of a dramatic conflict by a master story teller and historian. It was fought in the barren vastness of the South African veldt, unbelievable examples of folly and stupidity, and it produced in almost equal measure extraordinary feats of personal heroism, and many incidents of humor and tragedy.

Great Boer War #ad - He was elected a fellow of the royal society of Literature in 1964, and is the author of Queen Victoria’s Little Wars, also published by Pen & Sword. The great boer war 1899 - 1902 – more properly the great anglo-boer war – was one of the last romantic wars, pitting a sturdy, stubborn pioneer people fighting to establish the independence of their tiny nation against the British Empire at its peak of power and self-confidence.

. Byron farwell served as an officer in the North African and Italian campaigns in World War II and also in the Korean War.

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47 Ronin, The Original Story first Translated circa 1871 Illustrated by Japanese Artists, Cut and Drawn on Wood

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The Winds of Japan Shop #ad - This is the first translation, circa 1871, that kicked off the now famous story that has been memorialized in countless films, books and t. V. Includes illustrations by Japanese artists, cut and drawn on wood. The original english translation of the infamous "47 Ronin" story from ancient Japan. Shows.

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The Alchemy of Freedom: The Philosophers' Stone and the Secrets of Existence

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Shambhala #ad - Finally, we are left with the revelation that true nature is endlessly knowable, and yet nothing we can know or say about it exhausts its mystery and power. We begin to appreciate that the freedom of reality expressed in the complete and fulfilled life all human beings seek—and few find—is actually the simplicity of the ordinary.

In fact, it is the true nature of all reality—in all times and all places, without being limited to being anything in particular. H. Well-known spiritual teacher A. The result is a new understanding of what liberation and practice are—and a view of what it’s like when seeking ceases and life becomes a process of continual discovery.

The Alchemy of Freedom: The Philosophers' Stone and the Secrets of Existence #ad - H. Almaas uses the metaphor of the mysterious philosopher's stone to discuss a tremendous liberating power that leads to endless enlightenment. For millennia alchemists sought the philosophers’ stone, the miracle substance believed to be the key to all the secrets of existence. Almaas shows that the tremendous liberating power of the mysterious philosophers’ stone is closer to us than we realize.

Through the philosophers’ stone, our consciousness can become free, real transformation can happen, and we can open to all the possibilities of reality. Almaas discusses the factors that are involved in igniting the catalytic property of the philosophers’ stone and then begins to unpack the properties of true nature when it is free of constraints.

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The Five Keys to Mindful Communication: Using Deep Listening and Mindful Speech to Strengthen Relationships, Heal Confli cts, and Accomplish Your Goals

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Shambhala #ad - In this book susan chapman, a marriage and family therapist and a longtime meditation teacher, explains how mindfulness can be brought to bear in the way we speak and listen to each other so that we can strengthen our connections and better accomplish our goals. Drawing on buddhist principles and on her training as a psychotherapist, Chapman explains how the practice of mindfulness—learning to become fully present in the moment—makes it possible for us to listen more deeply to others and to develop greater clarity and confidence about how to respond.

. Other topics include identifying your communication patterns and habits; uncovering the hidden fears that often sabotage communication; staying open in the midst of difficult conversations so that we can respond wisely and skillfully; and learning how mindful communication can help us to become more truthful, compassionate, and flexible in our relationships.

The Five Keys to Mindful Communication: Using Deep Listening and Mindful Speech to Strengthen Relationships, Heal Confli cts, and Accomplish Your Goals #ad - Chapman highlights five key elements of mindful communication: silence, encouraging, discerning, and responding, mirroring, and she dedicates a chapter of the book to each. Good communiation is essential to any healthy relationship, whether it's between spouses, family members, friends, or co-workers.

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The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914

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Harper #ad - Petersburg, london, paris, and belgrade, and examines the decades of history that informed the events of 1914 and details the mutual misunderstandings and unintended signals that drove the crisis forward in a few short weeks. Meticulously researched and masterfully written, Christopher Clark’s The Sleepwalkers is a dramatic and authoritative chronicle of Europe’s descent into a war that tore the world apart.

The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 #ad - . One of the new york times book review’s 10 best books of the yearwinner of the los Angeles Times Book Prize HistoryThe Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 is historian Christopher Clark’s riveting account of the explosive beginnings of World War I. Drawing on new scholarship, focusing not on the battles and atrocities of the war itself, Clark offers a fresh look at World War I, but on the complex events and relationships that led a group of well-meaning leaders into brutal conflict.

Clark traces the paths to war in a minute-by-minute, action-packed narrative that cuts between the key decision centers in Vienna, Berlin, St.

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The 33 Strategies of War Joost Elffers Books

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Penguin Books #ad - Grant, and diplomats, samurai swordsmen, as well as movie moguls, each of the thirty-three chapters outlines a strategy that will help you win life’s wars. In the 33 strategies of war, Greene has crafted an important addition to this ruthless and unique series. Spanning world civilizations, synthesizing dozens of political, and religious texts and thousands of years of violent conflict, philosophical, The 33 Strategies of War is a comprehensive guide to the subtle social game of everyday life informed by the most ingenious and effective military principles in war.

The great warriors of battlefields and drawing rooms alike demonstrate prudence, and a keen understanding that the rational, the uncreative, resourceful, and intuitive always defeat the panicked, and calm, agility, balance, and the stupid. An indispensable book, the 33 strategies of War provides all the psychological ammunition you need to overcome patterns of failure and forever gain the upper hand.

From the Hardcover edition. Strategies of war—and the subtle social game of everyday life—by the bestselling author of The 48 Laws of Power Robert Greene’s groundbreaking guides, and Mastery espouse profound, The Art of Seduction, The 48 Laws of Power, ensnare an unsuspecting victim, timeless lessons from the events of history to help readers vanquish an enemy, or become the greatest in your field.

The 33 Strategies of War Joost Elffers Books #ad - Structured in greene’s trademark style, the 33 Strategies of War is the I-Ching of conflict, the contemporary companion to Sun Tzu’s The Art of War. Abundantly illustrated with examples from history, including the folly and genius of everyone from Napoleon to Margaret Thatcher, Shaka the Zulu to Lord Nelson, Hannibal to Ulysses S.

Learn the offensive strategies that require you to maintain the initiative and negotiate from a position of strength, or the defensive strategies designed to help you respond to dangerous situations and avoid unwinnable wars.

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Russia at War, 1941–1945: A History

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Skyhorse Publishing #ad - At once a history of facts, a collection of interviews, and a document of the human condition, Russia at War is a stunning, modern classic that chronicles the savagery and struggles on Russian soil during the most incredible military conflict in modern history. As a behind-the-scenes eyewitness to the pivotal, massive military operations, shattering events as they occurred, Werth chronicles with vivid detail the hardships of everyday citizens, and the political movements toward diplomacy as the world tried to reckon with what they had created.

In 1941, russian-born british journalist Alexander Werth observed the unfolding of the Soviet-German conflict with his own eyes. What followed was the widely acclaimed book, Russia at War, first printed in 1964. The result is a unique and expansive work with immeasurable breadth and depth, built on lucid and engaging prose, that captures every aspect of a terrible moment in human history.

Russia at War, 1941–1945: A History #ad - Now newly updated with a foreword by soviet historian nicolas Werth, the son of Alexander Werth, this new edition of Russia at War continues to be indispensable World War II journalism and the definitive historical authority on the Soviet-German war. Despite its sheer historical scope, drawing from his daily interviews and conversations with generals, Werth tells the story of a country at war in startlingly human terms, peasants, soldiers, and other working class civilians.

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