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  • Published: 5 July 2012
  • ISBN: 9781446487662
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400
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Ninja




The true history of the secret warriors

The Ninja were the medieval equivalent of the SAS; the original men in black. They were Japan's spies, assassins, saboteurs and secret agents - and the subject of countless legends. But they were also real. Could they fly? Could they make themselves invisible? Of course not. But they did have remarkable skills in climbing, deception, disguise and camouflage - some of whiich are still practiced by those who study Ninja techniques today,

In Ninja John Man goes in search of the true history behind the myths and legends. He takes us on a journey from their birth during a civil war in 15th Century Japan right up to the modern-day, where at the month-long Ninja festival in Iga we meet the self-declared 'last Ninja'.

  • Published: 5 July 2012
  • ISBN: 9781446487662
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400
Categories:

About the author

John Man

John Man is a historian and travel writer with a special interest in Mongolia. After reading German and French at Oxford he did two postgraduate courses, one in the history of science at Oxford, the other in Mongolian at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

John has written acclaimed and highly successful biographies of Genghis Khan, Attila the Hun and Kublai Khan as well as Alpha Beta, on the history of the alphabet, and The Gutenberg Revolution, on the invention of printing.

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Praise for Ninja

His ability to put us in the picture, to feel, smell and almost touch the surroundings he describes is matched by his ability to tell a good story.

Michael Palin

One couldn't wish for a better storyteller or analyst than John Man

Simon Sebag Montefiore

An immensely entertaining history, packed with splendidly blood-thirsty tales.

PD Smith, Guardian

Ninja is a racy popular history of a difficult and often mythologised subject and should appeal to the armchair warrior in us all.

Literary Review

Man’s wry humour and treks through Japan’s mountains, valleys, temples and shrines adds a vivid and personable dimension to his questing spirit – so much so, you can imagine this being a terrific television series.

Metro

A thoroughly researched, appealing examination of the "original men in black".

Kirkus Reviews

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