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Survey on Budo and Associated Topics

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My (Richard's) reading theme for June 2021 was books on budo and associated topics.  Introduction I have other books on budo that I did not include in this group, and some of the books may not strictly fit someone else's definition. Nevertheless, what follows are my thoughts on 13 (and maybe more) titles related to Japanese martial arts. Classical Bujutsu, Classical Budo, and Modern Bujutsu and Budo by Donn F. Draeger, 1973, 1973, 1974 Classial Bujutsu , Classical Budo , and Modern Bujutsu and Budo , Donn F. Draeger, 1973, 1973, 1974 Classical Bujutsu , Classical Budo , and Modern Bujutsu and Budo  are three books that deserve the "not bad for the early 1970s, but avoid now" award, along with  Secrets of the Samurai by Oscar Ratti and Adele Westbrook, addressed in Survey of Books on Japan's Samurai, Zen, and War .  The first two "Classical" titles are still in print at reasonable prices, probably because they are not as insulting as the third title. All

Survey of the Tuttle Bruce Lee Library

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My reading theme for May 2021 was Tuttle's 8 volume Bruce Lee library. I (Richard) blogged about these titles in October 2020 in the post The Bruce Lee Library and More , but I did not offer any commentary on these 8 titles. This post will offer that commentary. Introduction The Bruce Lee Library is a series of 8 books originally produced by  Tuttle Publishing  between 1997 and 2000. They are mainly written by John Little. His  LinkedIn page  states that he was the literary executor for the Bruce Lee estate from 1995 to 2000.  The series includes the following 8 books: Bruce Lee: Words of the Dragon: Interviews, 1958-1973 ; 30 Nov 1997 Bruce Lee: The Tao of Gung Fu: A Study in the Way of Chinese Martial Art ; 15 Nov 1997  Bruce Lee: Jeet Kune Do: Bruce Lee's Commentaries on the Martial Way ; 15 Nov 1997 Bruce Lee: The Art of Expressing the Human Body ; 15 Nov 1998 Bruce Lee: Letters of the Dragon: Correspondence, 1958-73 ; 15 Nov 1998 Bruce Lee: Artist of Life ; 15 Sep 1999 Str

Survey of Books on Japan's Samurai, Zen, and War

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  My reading theme for April 2021 included additional books on Japan, on topics like Samurai, Zen, and war. These are a few thoughts on the titles that I (Richard) read.  Introduction I try to read 8-10 books with martial arts themes per month. Sometimes I can neatly group them into specific themes. Other times I loosely group them, as happened this month. I read four more books on Samurai, two books on Zen, and two books about sociology and Japanese martial arts. Previous posts of this nature are generally available via the blog's books tag. Secrets of the Samurai by Oscar Ratti and Adele Westbrook, 1973 Secrets of the Samurai by Oscar Ratti and Adele Westbrook, 1973 Tuttle first published  Secrets of the Samurai by Oscar Ratti and Adele Westbrook in 1973. They are a husband-and-wife duo who practiced aikido together.  The publisher continues to release this book in new formats with different covers, sometimes with an additional introduction. This book reminded me of  Comprehen