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Ninja 1,000 Years of the Shadow Warrior-John Man

From the first, they were taught a new type of covert warfare that would help establish the Japanese empire, or as they termed it, the Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere. The twentieth century, as World War I had shown, was an age of total war. But, they learned, full -frontal assaults were of less importance than intelligence, with which once could undermine the enemy by fomenting religious strife or class conflict. A single spy, said one teacher, could be more valuable than a division of soldiers. Shadow warfare, ninja-style, was the thing–but adapted to the modern world. They studied psychology, aviation, marine navigation, pharmacology. They were taught how to handle explosives and time bombs. They read up on German strategy, American politics, and the campaigns of Lawrence of Arabia. (191-192)

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