I just got a group of MA books, so for the past week I've been reading: The Original Martial Arts Encyclopedia by Emil Farkas, John Corcoran & Stuart Sobel; 'Inside Elvis' by Ed Parker, 'Memories of Ed Parker' by Leilani Parker & family, and 'Secrets of Chinese Karate' by Ed Parker. Whew!
The book that I am currently reading is called " Barefoot Zen" by Nathan J. Johnson. It is a book that tries to explain the Shaolin Roots of both Kung Fu and Karate. it is a great read with alot of interesting points that cannot be denied. I recommend it to those of you who are looking into the roots of your style.
The 'Masterclass Techniques' series: RUSSIAN JUDO (c. 1999) by Alexander Iatskevich, which leads me to believe that BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) had better be scared to death of Russian Sambo, and that good techinical Japanese Judo reigns supreme!
I am currently re-reading "Mugai Ryu: The Classical Samurai Art of Drawing the Sword", by Darrel Max Craig. Great book.Tons of info,and the usual stories of Craig Sensei,which are always entertaining and enlightening.
I just finished an article by Jane Hallander, Black Belt Mag. 1992. The subject was Thomas Mitose and His Father's Kenpo.
In that article the author states that "Abraham Lincoln" was the greatest Kenpo practioner in America... Went on to state it was because of his gentleness etc.
So based on that I wanted to say I have just finished "Lincolns War" by Geoffrey Perret...
I also have been reading Miyamoto Musashi's "The Book of Five Rings" this one is translated by William Scott Wilson. The Twenty Guiding Principles of KARATE, Gichin Funakoshi, translated by John Teramoto, nice read...