Author(s): Yamamoto Tsunetomo
The Book of the Samurai. 'Hagakure' is a treatise on the samurai code written by Yamamoto Tsunetomo, an 18th-century samurai. It's a guide, organized as a loose collection of thoughts, on how samurai should conduct themselves. This philosophy - bushido, or 'the way of the samurai' - is, according to Tsunetomo, essentially a Way of death or dying. This embracing of death with honour and courage is the core theme of 'Hagakure' - and part of its allure. This edition, translated by the esteemed translator William Scott Wilson, is considered the definitive version of this classic.
WILLIAM SCOTT WILSON is the foremost translator into English of traditional Japanese texts on samurai culture. He received BA degrees from Dartmouth College and the Monterey Institute of Foreign Studies, and an MA in Japanese literary studies from the University of Washington. His best-selling books include "The Book of Five Rings; The Unfettered Mind"; and "The Lone Samurai," a biography of Miyamoto Musashi.