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GREAT VALUES LITERATURE FOR WARRIORS
Values For A New Millennium
by Robert L. Humphrey
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, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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
Miserables a New Unabridged Translation (Signet Classics)
by Victor Hugo
A classic must read; values are taught by great literature through
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.
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!
by Robert A. Heinlein
Not only world-class SF; one of the greatest warrior values books
ever written. Now a movie, but you have to read the book.
by 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 measured up?
(Corps Book 1)
by W. E. B. Griffin
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
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
35th anniv Edition
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. Read it!!
: A Novel About the History of Philosophy
by Jostein Gaarder, Paulette Moller (Translator)
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
This 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."
Story of B
by Daniel Quinn
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) from B.
by John M. Del Vecchio
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
Thin Red Line
by James Jones
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
Grandmaster's Book of Ninja Training
by Masaaki Hatsumi
Soke Hatsumi is interviewed by Jack Hoban, Doron Navon and Charles Daniels -
or vis versa! Contains great insights on training and Ninpo philosophy.
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.
: 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
by Masaaki Hatsumi
The bible for hanbo (stick-fighting) by the GrandMaster of Ninjutsu.
Secrets from the Grandmaster
by Masaaki Hatsumi
Hard to find. Hatsumi being interviewed by Stephen Hayes. Worth making the
& OTHER TOPICS OF INTEREST (Non-Fiction)
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
Judo : The Gentle Art of Persuasion
by George J. Thompson
George 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 jr.
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 .
Right for Your Type : The Individualized Diet Solution to Staying Healthy, Living Longer
& Achieving Your Ideal Weight
by Dr. Peter J D'Adamo, Catherine Whitney
This guy says you should eat according to your blood type. After
nearly 20 years of experimenting with diets, the one I finally came up with is nearly the
exact one that he recommends for my blood type. I wasted alot of time fooling around--what
took him so long? His well-documented book even gives me some ideas about fine-tuning.
Check it out!
by Bob Anderson
A very good guide to stretching. You can't train if you're hurt.
Read and heed!
Through Movement : Health Exercises for Personal Growth
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.
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
by Dave Grossman, G. Kloske (Editor)
The 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."
Within Limits : Ecology, Economics, and Population Taboos
by Garrett Hardin
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.
by Sheila Ostrander, Lynn Schroeder
These folks are friends of Living Values. Their book
(books, actually - check out 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.
Only Live Twice
by Ian Fleming
The first introduction, in popular literature, of the Ninja.
"My name is Bond, James Bond."
by Eric Van Lustbader
So its sensationalist trash...we loved it!
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.
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!