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Ninja, The Invisible Assassins
Published long before the ninja boom of the 1980’s Andrew Adams’ Ninja, The Invisible Assassins was
first published in hardback edition in 1970.
From 1959 Adams was a reporter in Japan for Pacific Stars and Stripes, working for the Kyodo News Agency and a regular contributor to the Japan Times. He also wrote numerous articles for Black Belt Magazine. Contacts from this magazine and his deep interest in the martial arts led to his penning one of the earliest and most informative English books on the subject. The writer died in December of 2012 at the age of 89, leaving behind his authoritive tome on one of Japan’s enigmas, the very popular, but still largely misunderstood ninja.
The book covers a wide range of ninja related subjects, including the myth and decline of the ninja, weapons, ninja subterfuge, including poisons and curatives, physical and mental training, strategy, and espionage, and is further enhanced by hundreds of quality black and white photographs, many featuring modern day ninja master, Hatsumi Masaaki of the Togakure Ryu Ninjutsu school. Although much of the focus is on the Togakure school, the book offers an insight into the various forms of ninjutsu and it’s practitioners.
Further illustrating the stealth and might of the ninja are a number of well written anecdotes, making Ninja, the Invisible Assassins an enjoyable and informative read for anyone interested in tales of the black clad shadow warriors. And let’s face it, who isn’t!
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