Anyone who thinks strong men are unemotional and invulnerable — and any young person who wants to live a life of passion and meaning rather than one of ennui, entertainment, and “whatever” — should read this book. Nathan Ligo is a throwback to the Romantics, and his story of pain, adventure, and inspiration in the service of the budo karate ideal he reveres is the absolute opposite of bored “cool.”
Full disclosure: I was this book’s editor. That means I had to read it over and over again, and I became engrossed every time, won over by the author’s uncommon honesty, willingness to expose his soul, and gifts as a stirring and sometimes hilarious storyteller.
Nathan Ligo wants to bring the budo karate ideal to American culture, even if it kills him. And in this book, as you’ll see, it nearly did, out on the edge where the best stories are won.