Ninja: 1,000 Years of the Shadow Warrior (Hardcover)

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The first major pop history of the Japanese stealth assassins, John Man's Ninja is a meticulously researched, entertaining blend of mythology, anthropology, travelogue, and history of the legendary shadow warriors.

Spies, assassins, saboteurs, and secret agents, Ninja have become the subject of countless legends that continue to enthrall us in modern movies, video games, and comics—and their arts are still practiced in our time by dedicated acolytes who study the ancient techniques.

Ninja: 1,000 Years of the Shadow Warrior, by British historian John Man, is as colorful and intriguing as the warriors it so vividly brings to life.

About the Author

John Man is a historian and travel writer with a special interest in Mongolia. His "Gobi"" Tracking the Desert "was the first book on the subject in English since the 1920s. He is also the author of "Atlas of the Year 1000", "Alpha Beta", on the roots of the Roman alphabet, and "The Gutenberg Revolution", on the origins and impact of printing. His most recent books include "The Terracotta Army, " "Genghis Khan: Life, Death, and Resurrection "and "Attila: The Barbarian King Who Challenged Rome."

Praise For…

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

“One could ask for no better storyteller than John Man.”
-Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Jerusalem: The Biography

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062222022
ISBN-10: 0062222023
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Publication Date: February 5th, 2013
Pages: 288
Language: English