Ninja: 1,000 Years of the Shadow Warrior (Paperback)

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Out of the violent chaos of medieval Japan, a remarkable band of peasants rose to become the world's most feared warriors--trained to perfect the art of ninjutsu, the deadly union of martial arts and deception. Today, however, these real life ninjas are overshadowed by legend and pop culture caricatures. Could they fly? Climb walls? Make themselves invisible?

Drawing on a wealth of historical texts, local Japanese sources, and his own comprehensive treks across Asia, acclaimed author John Man takes us back to the ninjas' origins in China, through to their heyday in the bloody civil wars that ended with the unification of Japan in 1600. Man also illuminates the twentieth-century reemergence of the Japanese tradition of shadow warfare through the Nakano Spy School--the elite military-intelligence academy that operated as an extensive spy network during World War II--and reveals one former Nakano soldier, Onoda Hiroo, who may be the last surviving ninja.

Compelling and absorbing, Ninja reveals at last the fascinating true history behind one of the world's most enduring legends.

About the Author

John Man is a historian and travel writer with a special interest in Mongolia. His "Gobi"" Tracking the Desert "was the first book on the subject in English since the 1920s. He is also the author of "Atlas of the Year 1000", "Alpha Beta", on the roots of the Roman alphabet, and "The Gutenberg Revolution", on the origins and impact of printing. His most recent books include "The Terracotta Army, " "Genghis Khan: Life, Death, and Resurrection "and "Attila: The Barbarian King Who Challenged Rome."
Product Details
ISBN: 9780062202659
ISBN-10: 0062202650
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Publication Date: February 18th, 2014
Pages: 288
Language: English