Book Review: The 36 Secret Strategies of the Martial Arts, The Classic Chinese guide for success in war, business, and life

By Hiroshi Moriya: Forward and translation by William Scott Wilson. Kodansha International, 2004.

Hiroshi Moriya is an expert on Chinese culture / philosophy. Apparently he has written over 70 books on China and visited China more than 50 times from his home in Tokyo. William Scott Wilson is the translator of Hagakure (see 4 stars), the book of Five Rings and other books. This book is a collection of ancient Chinese maxims. The book is sectioned into six parts from strategies for victories in battle to strategies for a lost battle. The author states that the book is designed for the business person, the diplomat, the politician, military strategist and the martial artist. Quite a large audience! A beautifully laid out book that at times could have been a bit tighter in its commentary.