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LITERATURE FOR WARRIORS
Values For A New Millennium
This is the book that I recommend
if you are looking to understand your warrior inclinations
to be a protector and defender of life.
War and Peace
by Leo Tolstoy
Yes, you do have to read it. Really, its a wonderful
book and very interesting once you get into it.
His analysis of the "tides of human events"
is brilliant. Although it is applied to Napoleon
and Alexander, it can be used to put most great
historical events into a new perspective.
by Fedor Dostoevsky,
A challenging but intriguing
book. There is a section dealing with the meaning
of life and God which will stop a thinking person
in their tracks and open up an entire new vista
of understanding. I guess that's why this book is
considered such a classic.
Les Miserables a New Unabridged Translation
by Victor Hugo
must read; values are taught by great literature
through the emotions.
by Jack Shaefer
A wonderful story about a young boy and a hero (Hero?
What's that?). Inspiration for all ages. Shane is
a warrior of the first order.
The Three Musketeers (Signet Classic)
by Alexandre Dumas
Brave and impulsive, young
musketeer wannabe D'Artagnan triumphs on the duelling
ground and in the boudoir by virtue of his charm,
wit, and skill at arms (hese are all requisite warrior
attributes). When these resources prove insufficient,
his three friends--The Three Musketeers--usually
save the day. "One for all and all for
one." Another Classic!
Not only world-class SF; one of the
greatest warrior values books ever written. Now
a movie, but you have to read the book.
The LaNague Chronicles
F. Paul Wilson
World-class SF; a good warrior
values book,as well. Meet the "Flinters"
- outerspace Ninja!
by Leon M. Uris
This is the story of a battalion
of Marines in the Pacific during WWII. Every stereotype
of warrior and wannabe is covered. Reads like fiction,
wish it was: Though the names have been changed,
the story is probably pretty darn close to what
it was really like. How do you think you would have
Semper Fi (Corps Book 1)
by W. E.
The first of a very
cool series about the Marines starting pre-WWII
in China and going up to Guadalcanal (so far--right
now there are 9 books, I think).
The Compleat Gentleman
by Brad Miner
The ultimate book on chivalry. Where
are all the knights?
This is the story of the Spartans fighting at
Thermopylae in northern Greece, the site of
one of the world's greatest battles for freedom.
Here, in 480 B.C., on a narrow mountain pass
above the crystalline Aegean, 300 Spartan knights
and their allies faced the massive forces of
Xerxes, King of Persia. From the start, there
was no question but that the Spartans would
perish. Yet the story of how they fought to
the last man (almost) is must reading
for those interested in the warrior arts.
by Ayn Rand
What would happen if the men and
women of ability went on strike and the politicians
took over? Scary stuff! This is a book about how
to live productively (vs. living like a moochbag).
This is a very provocative book and the opinions
are sometimes hard to reconcile with today's views
on what human industry means to the health of the
planet as a whole. Its still a great read, though.
by Ruth Beebe Hill
The availability information might look a bit discouraging,
but the book is so darn good that it is worth tracking
down. If you can't get it by clicking on the title,
look in the library or a used book store. This is,
I believe, is the most beautiful historical novel
ever written about the Sioux Indians (and, folks,
I've read LOTS of Native American literature) -
warrior culture that the world is surely poorer
This is one of the great books of the Cold War.
It shows how destructive a lack of respect for
others can be to our national interests and
economy. A classic that is extremely readable
and extremely applicable--even today.
Sophie's World : A Novel About the History of
by Jostein Gaarder, Paulette
Like talking philosophy but
secretly suspect you don't know what you're talking
about? Here's a novel that covers the history of
philosophy. All the big ones are covered, from Socrates
and Aristotle, to Sartre and Freud. Educate yourself
and have fun.
by Daniel Quinn
is a fascinating book about a gorilla who gives
a course on how to live on this planet. This is
one well-read ape! Part novel, part anthropology
lesson, part philosophy lesson, it is a very timely
book. It also gave me insight into how and why,
perhaps, the Ninja, Indians, aborigines, and other "natural"
cultures do not survive becoming "civilized."
Also, now out
My Ishmael or "Ishmael,
Part II." Do not read this stuff unless
you want to "save the world."
The Story of B
Even more hardcore stuff from Daniel Quinn.
B is the "antichrist" who preaches for
a return to a more natural lifestyle. Guess what
happens to him? Before you go out spreading your
version of "how to save the world" you
might get some ammunition (and learn some hard lessons)
Carry Me Home
by John M.
All of this guy's books are great.
But this one, about returning Viet Nam warriors,
has such a wide range of insight about so many issues,
including values, the environment, war, love and
peace, that I recommend it highly. Read his other
two books, too: "The 13th Valley," and, "For
The Sake of All Living Things."
The Thin Red Line
Although this book does contain its share of
blood and guts (sometimes literally), it is mainly a
psychological study of the effects of combat on the
human mind and personality. It's written with an intensity
and richness of detail that could come only from someone
who knows the subject first hand, and the psychological
aspects are brought out in the context of a gripping
narrative. Far from idealizing WWII soldiers into invincible
heroes, Jones shows them in their full humanity, from
the cowardly to the courageous, and even to the brutally
reckless. He also shows how the successful, battle hardened
soldier is formed, and what some of the costs are. And
on top of all this, he gives an accurate and often humorous
description of internal workings of all armies, which
are as timeless as war itself. It's one book whose readers
won't soon forget it.
The Grandmaster's Book of Ninja Training
by Masaaki Hatsumi
is interviewed by Jack Hoban, Doron Navon and Charles
Daniels - or vis versa! Contains great insights
on training and Ninpo philosophy.
Essence of Ninjutsu : The Nine Traditions
by Masaaki Hatsumi
Edited by Jack Hoban,
this beautiful book is a mini-memoir of Hatsumi
Soke, including stories of Takamatsu.
Ninjutsu : History and Tradition
by Masaaki Hatsumi
This is Hatsumi
Sensei's first book in English regarding Ninjutsu
(Do you have his stick-fighting book? See it below).
This book is a "must have," it talks about
techniques, weapons and some esoterica of martial
arts, such as kiai (spirit-shouts).
by Masaaki Hatsumi
The bible for hanbo (stick-fighting) by the GrandMaster
Ninja Secrets from the Grandmaster
by Masaaki Hatsumi
Hard to find. Hatsumi
being interviewed by Stephen Hayes. Worth making
the attempt, though.
& OTHER TOPICS OF INTEREST (Non-Fiction)
If you are curious about how it might feel
to be in REAL combat, you must read this
book. It is the story of Delta Force
and US Army Rangers on a mission in Somalia.
You can also learn alot about Human Nature
by observing it in action under combat conditions.
It's an astounding piece of reporting.
You may want to read Dr. Humphrey's "Values
For A New Millennium" either right
before or right after it. "Values"
explains alot of the Human Nature elements
revealed in this book.
Verbal Judo : The Gentle Art of Persuasion
by George J. Thompson
is one of the greatest peace officer trainers in
the world (in my opinion). If you are a cop, his
methods can save your life. If you are not a cop,
verbal judo (the gentle art of persuasion) is still
an extremely valuable tool. For example, try his "5
step" approach when disciplining your kids.
by Tom Brown
Tom Brown is a fellow New Jerseyan who runs
a wonderful wilderness skills school. There has
been a good deal of cross-pollination between the
Bujinkan and his group. This book chronicles his
story, including his boyhood training under a Native
American "Grandfather." The book also
serves as an introduction to a community of people
who maintain a deep respect for the earth and the
ancient, natural ways .
by Bob Anderson
very good guide to stretching. You can't train if
you're hurt. Read and heed!
Awareness Through Movement : Health Exercises for
by Moshe Feldenkrais
Many Bujinkan folks have been introduced to ATM
by Doron Navon. It has certainly proven to be very
useful to many in achieving enhanced body integration.
Healing Back Pain : The Mind-Body Connection
by John E. Sarno
Got back pain from overdoing it on the
training and stretching? Sure you do. You probably
store a bunch of stress in the small of your back
like the rest of us, too, don't you? Sure you do.
Before taking any drugs, or, God forbid, having
an operation, YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK. That's all
I'm going to say.
On Killing : The Psychological Cost of Learning
to Kill in War and Society
Grossman, G. Kloske (Editor)
good news is that there is a natural aversion to
killing our own species. The bad news is that we
are unintentionally but effectively training our
children to overcome that aversion. Colonel Grossman
has combed military writing to discover this reluctance
throughout history, in campaigns ancient and recent,
in cultures modern and primitive. Historically,
much of military training has been designed to compensate
for this natural inhibition. Modern techniques of
desensitization, conditioning, and training have
increased firing rates in modern soldiers to some
95%. Today these same techniques, applied by the
entertainment media to our most vulnerable youth,
are producing an "acquired violence immune
deficiency" which has allowed a "virus
of violence" to flourish throughout our civilization,
with tragically familiar results.
Do or Die
by Leon Bing
This is one of the best
books on gangs. It provides an in-depth look at
gang behavior and psychology. It will give you an
insight into what happens when the "human species
preserving" proclivity goes awry. It also indicated
(to me, anyway) that the Life Value, if properly
activated, could cure the "cold-bloodedness"
of some of these kids. Read the section on "What
is worth dying for."
Living Within Limits : Ecology, Economics,
and Population Taboos
Although very readable, this is a "serious"
book on the dangers of living as if there was really
such a thing as a "free lunch." As warriors,
it behooves us to understand the biological realities
of the planet on which we live; increasing population
pressures are likely to foster social unrest (Haven't
they contributed significantly to it already? Or
did you think it was normal to shoot someone
on the freeway because they cut you off?). Get some
facts about the real environmental dangers we are
facing without all the new-age rhetoric.
by Rachel Carson
Silent Spring, released in 1962,
offered the first shattering look at widespread
ecological degradation and touched off an environmental
awareness that still exists. Presented with
thorough documentation, the book opened more than
a few eyes about the dangers of the modern world
and stands today as a landmark work.
Ostrander, Lynn Schroeder
These folks are friends
of Living Values. Their book (books, actually -
Superlearning 2000, as well) documents a revolutionary
new system that lets you master facts, figures,
sports skills, your health, psychic abilities, etc.,
two to ten times faster than you ever thought possible.
This is not just hype; this stuff has been proved
in worldwide studies.
You Only Live Twice
The first introduction, in popular literature,
of the Ninja. "My name is Bond, James Bond."
by Eric Van
So its sensationalist trash...we loved
by James A. Michener
A beautiful love story of an American Air Corp Major
and a treasured Japanese actress during the Korean
War. It poignantly illustrates the profound differences
between the Japanese and American cultures.
by James Clavell
A fictionalized history of Ieyasu Tokugawa. Its
got love, war, even Ninja. A must read if you are
interested in Japan.
Way of the Peaceful Warrior
by Dan Millman
A very nice and inspiring
book about warriorship for young people. Don't forget
your physical training, though!