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GREAT VALUES LITERATURE FOR WARRIORS

Values For A New Millennium
by Robert L. Humphrey
This is the book that I recommend if you are looking to understand your warrior inclinations to be a protector and defender of life.

War and Peace
by Leo Tolstoy
Yes, you do have to read it. Really, its a wonderful book and very interesting once you get into it. His analysis of the "tides of human events" is brilliant. Although it is applied to Napoleon and Alexander, it can be used to put most great historical events into a new perspective.

Brothers Karamazov
by Fedor Dostoevsky, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
A challenging but intriguing book. There is a section dealing with the meaning of life and God which will stop a thinking person in their tracks and open up an entire new vista of understanding. I guess that's why this book is considered such a classic.

Les Miserables
a New Unabridged Translation (Signet Classics)
by Victor Hugo
A classic must read; values are taught by great literature through the emotions.

Shane
by Jack Shaefer
A wonderful story about a young boy and a hero (Hero? What's that?). Inspiration for all ages. Shane is a warrior of the first order.

The Three Musketeers (Signet Classic)
by Alexandre Dumas
Brave and impulsive, young  musketeer wannabe D'Artagnan triumphs on the duelling ground and in the boudoir by virtue of his charm, wit, and skill at arms (hese are all requisite warrior attributes).  When these resources prove insufficient, his three friends--The Three Musketeers--usually save the day.   "One for all and all for one."  Another Classic!

Starship Troopers

by Robert A. Heinlein
Not only world-class SF; one of the greatest warrior values books ever written. Now a movie, but you have to read the book.

The LaNague Chronicles
by F. Paul Wilson
World-class SF; a good warrior values book,as well. Meet the "Flinters" - outerspace Ninja!

Battle Cry
by Leon M. Uris
This is the story of a battalion of Marines in the Pacific during WWII. Every stereotype of warrior and wannabe is covered. Reads like fiction, wish it was: Though the names have been changed, the story is probably pretty darn close to what it was really like. How do you think you would have measured up?

Semper Fi (Corps Book 1)
by W. E. B. Griffin
The first of a very cool series about the Marines starting pre-WWII in China and going up to Guadalcanal (so far--right now there are 9 books, I think).

The Compleat Gentleman
by Brad Miner 

The ultimate book on chivalry.  Where are all the knights?
 


Gates of Fire : An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae

by Steven Pressfield

This is the story of the Spartans fighting at Thermopylae in northern Greece, the site of one of the world's greatest battles for freedom. Here, in 480 B.C., on a narrow mountain pass above the crystalline Aegean, 300 Spartan knights and their allies faced the massive forces of Xerxes, King of Persia. From the start, there was no question but that the Spartans would perish. Yet the story of how they fought to the last man (almost) is must  reading for those interested in the warrior arts.

Atlas Shrugged
by Ayn Rand
35th anniv Edition
What would happen if the men and women of ability went on strike and the politicians took over? Scary stuff! This is a book about how to live productively (vs. living like a moochbag). This is a very provocative book and the opinions are sometimes hard to reconcile with today's views on what human industry means to the health of the planet as a whole. Its still a great read, though.

Hanta Yo
by Ruth Beebe Hill
The availability information might look a bit discouraging, but the book is so darn good that it is worth tracking down. If you can't get it by clicking on the title, look in the library or a used book store. This is, I believe, is the most beautiful historical novel ever written about the Sioux Indians (and, folks, I've read LOTS of Native American literature) - warrior culture that the world is surely poorer without. 

This is one of the great books of the Cold War.  It shows how destructive a lack of respect for others can be to our national interests and economy.  A classic that is extremely readable and extremely applicable--even today.  Read it!!

Sophie's World : A Novel About the History of Philosophy
by Jostein Gaarder, Paulette Moller (Translator)
Like talking philosophy but secretly suspect you don't know what you're talking about? Here's a novel that covers the history of philosophy. All the big ones are covered, from Socrates and Aristotle, to Sartre and Freud. Educate yourself and have fun.

Ishmael

by Daniel Quinn
This is a fascinating book about a gorilla who gives a course on how to live on this planet. This is one well-read ape! Part novel, part anthropology lesson, part philosophy lesson, it is a very timely book. It also gave me insight into how and why, perhaps, the Ninja, Indians, aborigines, and other "natural" cultures do not survive becoming "civilized."  Also, now out My Ishmael or "Ishmael, Part II."  Do not read this stuff unless you want to "save the world."

The Story of B
by Daniel Quinn
Even more hardcore stuff from Daniel Quinn. B is the "antichrist" who preaches for a return to a more natural lifestyle. Guess what happens to him? Before you go out spreading your version of "how to save the world" you might get some ammunition (and learn some hard lessons) from B.

Carry Me Home
by John M. Del Vecchio
All of this guy's books are great. But this one, about returning Viet Nam warriors, has such a wide range of insight about so many issues, including values, the environment, war, love and peace, that I recommend it highly. Read his other two books, too: "The 13th Valley," and, "For The Sake of All Living Things."

The Thin Red Line
by James Jones
Although this book does contain its share of blood and guts (sometimes literally), it is mainly a psychological study of the effects of combat on the human mind and personality. It's written with an intensity and richness of detail that could come only from someone who knows the subject first hand, and the psychological aspects are brought out in the context of a gripping narrative. Far from idealizing WWII soldiers into invincible heroes, Jones shows them in their full humanity, from the cowardly to the courageous, and even to the brutally reckless. He also shows how the successful, battle hardened soldier is formed, and what some of the costs are. And on top of all this, he gives an accurate and often humorous description of internal workings of all armies, which are as timeless as war itself. It's one book whose readers won't soon forget it.

MARTIAL ARTS BOOKS

Unarmed Fighting Techniques
by Masaaki Hatsumi
This book will be the Bujinkan Lexicon

The Way of The Ninja - Secret Techniques
by Masaaki Hatsumi
Soke Hatsumi book on Ninjutsu.

The Grandmaster's Book of Ninja Training
by Masaaki Hatsumi
Soke Hatsumi is interviewed by Jack Hoban, Doron Navon and Charles Daniels - or vis versa! Contains great insights on training and Ninpo philosophy.

Essence of Ninjutsu : The Nine Traditions
by Masaaki Hatsumi
Edited by Jack Hoban, this beautiful book is a mini-memoir of Hatsumi Soke, including stories of Takamatsu.

Ninjutsu : History and Tradition
by Masaaki Hatsumi
This is Hatsumi Sensei's first book in English regarding Ninjutsu (Do you have his stick-fighting book? See it below). This book is a "must have," it talks about techniques, weapons and some esoterica of martial arts, such as kiai (spirit-shouts).

Stick Fighting

by Masaaki Hatsumi
The bible for hanbo (stick-fighting) by the GrandMaster of Ninjutsu.

Ninja Secrets from the Grandmaster
by Masaaki Hatsumi
Hard to find. Hatsumi being interviewed by Stephen Hayes. Worth making the attempt, though.

Knife and Pistol Fighting
by Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi
Another hard to find, but classic "must" for your library.

Ninja : Spirit of the Shadow Warrior
by Stephen K. Hayes
The book that started it all off in America. If it weren't for this book, you would probably not be reading this site. Contains a brilliant western interpretation of the "5 elements theory."
Volume 1

Ninja and Their Secret Fighting Art
Stephen K. Hayes
Paperback
The story of Hayes' trip to Japan looking for the Ninja and, thankfully, finding Masaaki Hatsumi.

Ninja : The Invisible Assassins
by Andrew Adams
The book that first introduced the Ninja to many of us.

Ninjutsu : The Art of Invisibility--Japan's Feudal-Age Espionage Methods
by Donn F. Draeger, Donn F Draegar
Another "must" for a complete Ninja library.

WARRIOR SUBJECTS
& OTHER TOPICS OF INTEREST (Non-Fiction)


Black Hawk Down : A Story of Modern War

by Mark Bowden

If you are curious about how it might feel to be in REAL combat, you must read this book.   It is the story of Delta Force and US Army Rangers on a mission in Somalia.   You can also learn alot about Human Nature by observing it in action under combat conditions.  It's an astounding piece of reporting.  You may want to read Dr. Humphrey's "Values For A New Millennium" either right before or right after it.   "Values" explains alot of the Human Nature elements revealed in this book.

Verbal Judo : The Gentle Art of Persuasion
by George J. Thompson
George is one of the greatest peace officer trainers in the world (in my opinion). If you are a cop, his methods can save your life. If you are not a cop, verbal judo (the gentle art of persuasion) is still an extremely valuable tool. For example, try his "5 step" approach when disciplining your kids.

The Tracker
by Tom Brown jr.
Tom Brown is a fellow New Jerseyan who runs a wonderful wilderness skills school. There has been a good deal of cross-pollination between the Bujinkan and his group. This book chronicles his story, including his boyhood training under a Native American "Grandfather." The book also serves as an introduction to a community of people who maintain a deep respect for the earth and the ancient, natural ways .

Stretching
by Bob Anderson
A very good guide to stretching. You can't train if you're hurt. Read and heed!

Awareness Through Movement : Health Exercises for Personal Growth
by Moshe Feldenkrais
Many Bujinkan folks have been introduced to ATM by Doron Navon. It has certainly proven to be very useful to many in achieving enhanced body integration.

Healing Back Pain : The Mind-Body Connection
by John E. Sarno
Got back pain from overdoing it on the training and stretching? Sure you do. You probably store a bunch of stress in the small of your back like the rest of us, too, don't you? Sure you do. Before taking any drugs, or, God forbid, having an operation, YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK. That's all I'm going to say.

On Killing : The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society
by Dave Grossman, G. Kloske (Editor)
Paperback
The good news is that there is a natural aversion to killing our own species. The bad news is that we are unintentionally but effectively training our children to overcome that aversion. Colonel Grossman has combed military writing to discover this reluctance throughout history, in campaigns ancient and recent, in cultures modern and primitive. Historically, much of military training has been designed to compensate for this natural inhibition. Modern techniques of desensitization, conditioning, and training have increased firing rates in modern soldiers to some 95%. Today these same techniques, applied by the entertainment media to our most vulnerable youth, are producing an "acquired violence immune deficiency" which has allowed a "virus of violence" to flourish throughout our civilization, with tragically familiar results.

Do or Die
by Leon Bing
Reprint Edition
Paperback
This is one of the best books on gangs. It provides an in-depth look at gang behavior and psychology. It will give you an insight into what happens when the "human species preserving" proclivity goes awry. It also indicated (to me, anyway) that the Life Value, if properly activated, could cure the "cold-bloodedness" of some of these kids. Read the section on "What is worth dying for."

Living Within Limits : Ecology, Economics, and Population Taboos
by Garrett Hardin
Although very readable, this is a "serious" book on the dangers of living as if there was really such a thing as a "free lunch." As warriors, it behooves us to understand the biological realities of the planet on which we live; increasing population pressures are likely to foster social unrest (Haven't they contributed significantly to it already? Or did you think it was normal to shoot someone on the freeway because they cut you off?). Get some facts about the real environmental dangers we are facing without all the new-age rhetoric.

If you are really hard-core into sustainable economics try Steady-State Economics by Herman Daly.

Silent Spring
by Rachel Carson
Silent Spring,  released in 1962, offered the first shattering look at widespread ecological degradation and touched off an environmental awareness that still exists.  Presented with thorough documentation, the book opened more than a few eyes about the dangers of the modern world and stands today as a landmark work.

Superlearning
by Sheila Ostrander, Lynn Schroeder
These folks are friends of Living Values. Their book (books, actually - check out Superlearning 2000, as well) documents a revolutionary new system that lets you master facts, figures, sports skills, your health, psychic abilities, etc., two to ten times faster than you ever thought possible. This is not just hype; this stuff has been proved in worldwide studies.

FOR NOSTALGIA SAKE

You Only Live Twice
by Ian Fleming
The first introduction, in popular literature, of the Ninja. "My name is Bond, James Bond."

The Ninja

by Eric Van Lustbader
So its sensationalist trash...we loved it!

Sayonara
by James A. Michener
A beautiful love story of an American Air Corp Major and a treasured Japanese actress during the Korean War. It poignantly illustrates the profound differences between the Japanese and American cultures.

Shogun
by James Clavell
A fictionalized history of Ieyasu Tokugawa. Its got love, war, even Ninja. A must read if you are interested in Japan.

Way of the Peaceful Warrior
by Dan Millman
A very nice and inspiring book about warriorship for young people. Don't forget your physical training, though!

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