The Lone Samurai is a detailed, fascinating biography of Miyamoto Musashi, the legendary samurai known throughout the world as a master swordsman, spiritual seeker, and author of the classic Book of Five Rings.
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.
"William Scott Wilson's definitive 2004 biography, The Lone Samurai: The Life of Miyamoto Musashi stands out among English resources, not only for its meticulous historical accuracy, but also for the author's expertise on samurai texts. Wilson sifts through numerous original sources to give the reader 'a real live human being' in Musashi."-The Japan Times