Written in 1645 The Book of Five Rings is considered a classic treaty on military strategy and is still widely read today. The author was a Japanese samurai warrior called Miyamoto Musashi, who wrote of his expertise in kenjutsu ( the art of the sword ) and of his years of intense combat. So how can the ideas of a seventeenth century samurai provide help with the challenges we face today? This brilliant interpretation transforms Musashi s ancient text into a practical guide on dealing with conflict, by using twenty first century examples. By interpreting Musashi s wise words, the handy, authentic, realistic approach of this book shows readers how to defeat the opponents they face in their careers, their social interactions and their personal lives; all without a bloodied sword in sight!