In the tradition of The Art of War and The Book of Five Rings, Stephen Kaufman's The Shogun's Scroll offers timeless advice on success in war and life. Written in the voice of Hidetomo Nakadai, a late twelfth century scholar and servant in the court of Minamoto Yoritomo—the first shogun of Japan and one of the world's most ruthless generals—this treatise can be used as a guide for personal development and motivation.
Stephen gives an overview of the book:
If you can maintain harmony between all of the people, you will be seen as a man of rare wisdom. You will be obeyed and respected by all in you domain. If you favor a particular group, they will eventually seek to overthrow you because of your overly relying on them. Nobles must always see you as ruling on their behalf to increase their fortunes. The common people must always see you ruling in their favor by making their lives easier. If people, irrespective of their rank in life think they are happy, they are.
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