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Our time by dedicated acolytes who study the ancient techniuesNinja 1000 Years of the Shadow Warrior by British historian John Man is as colorful and intriguing as the warriors it so vividly brings to life. Pretty good book The author has a tendency to conflate any military action involving the Japanese and deception into being ninja like but it definitely covered the history of the KogaIga region well He does capture the chaos and shifting allegiances of feudal Japan although he tries to push the idea that ninja regions were Athenian democracies pretty hard So long and short I m skeptical about a lot of it but it s a ripping read

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Ninja By John Man

The first major pop history of the Japanese stealth assassins John Man's Ninja is a meticulously researched entertaining blend of mythology anthropology travelogue and history of the legendary shadow warri. I hovered between a 2 and a 3 on this I found him glib and sometimes condescending towards his subject He also meandered into personal anecdotes related to his travels and research As in the book I read on the Samurai recently I felt the subject got short shrift

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OrsSpies assassins saboteurs and secret agents Ninja have become the subject of countless legends that continue to enthrall us in modern movies video games and comics and their arts are still practiced in. John Man s Ninja 1000 Years of the Shadow Warrior will likely disappoint those looking for a proper history of one of Japan s most famous cultural exports as there s simply too much conjecture with the subject matter to consider it reliable Despite the premise of demystifying what the term ninja has become in western culture Man freely uses it as an adjective applying it to subjects that might not ualify James Bond gets an inordinate amount of attention here While there plenty of interesting bits here for those interested in Japanese history even this too often comes across like a superficial documentary on cable television one can almost hear the voice over narration and sound effects added to still pictures already Those expecting an exhaustive and meticulously researched account on the subject may want to look elsewhereNinja 1000 Years of the Shadow Warrior Review on Popzara


10 thoughts on “Ninja By John Man

  1. says:

    I hovered between a 2 and a 3 on this I found him glib and sometimes condescending towards his subject He also meandered into personal anecdotes related to his travels and research As in the book I read on the Samurai recently I felt the subject got short shrift

  2. says:

    Ninja reads less like a 1000 Year history and like an extended Esuire article Not necessarily a bad thing it's a moderately interesting breezy book But if you're looking for a comprehensive history of the concept of ninjas dating from feudal Japan to the present look elsewhere As a good case in point one sentence begins as follows To cram four centuries into a sentence So what is covered by the rest of the 300 pages? Some anecdotes about

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  4. says:

    Reviewed for The BibliophibianNinja is another travelogue ish easy to read history of a broad and fascinating topic in this case the history and afterlife of ninjas in Japanese culture It felt scatterbrained than Man’s other books and was of a chore to read; I wasn’t really impressed and although there were some very informative chapters about actual ninjas and what they did there’s a lot of fluff about

  5. says:

    John Man’s Ninja 1000 Years of the Shadow Warrior will likely disappoint those looking for a proper history of one of Japa

  6. says:

    Excellent history of the Ninja but I think the author may have bitten off than he could chew with this book Trying to tie the growth of the ninja clans into the other threads of feudal Japanese history with little to no background info on the history of the shogun and the samurai makes for a VERY confusing read f

  7. says:

    This book is a good beginner book on ninjas It hits certain key points throughout the history of ninjas and helps you better understand myth vs

  8. says:

    An easy to read brief history of Ninjas The author switches between history text and researcher's travelogue occasionally which makes certain parts of the ninja story real ie the old guy in Japan with an attic full of old armor and relieves the Japanese history newbie from to many names from Japanese history Some of the in

  9. says:

    Pretty good book The author has a tendency to conflate any military action involving the Japanese and deception into being ninja like but it definitely covered the history of the KogaIga region well He does capture the chaos and shifting allegiances of feudal Japan although he tries to push the idea that ninja regions were Athenian democracies pretty hard So long and short I'm skeptical about a lot of it but it's a ripping read

  10. says:

    The multitude of names and places was a tad confusing It took me a year to read Ninja so I will admit that my opinion may have differ

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