Cuốn sách về cuộc đời của Kiếm Thánh Myamoto Musashi, người đã sáng lập ra môn phái sử dụng song kiếm tên Niten Ichi Ryu (Nhị thiên Nhất lưu), là một kiếm sĩ nổi danh chưa hề thất bại trước đối thủ nào. Cuốn binh pháp Ngũ Luân Thư, do ông viết vào thế kỷ 17 đúc kết những quan sát, kinh nghiệm trong quá trình chiến đấu của mình và bàn luận về cái Đạo của kiếm sĩ. 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. 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.