Summary: Getting right down to it...
Comment: If you want to understand mind manipulation, this is the book for you. Most of the info in this book gets right down to it. Although a small portion of the content in this book is a little far fetched, most of it is invaluable information. If you ever sit there questioning someone's intent in certain situations, when your gut tells you something is wrong, this book will help you understand exactly what that person is trying to do to you and what their intentions truly are. You will also see, though, that all of us have a little bit of manipulator in us. This book will help you pinpoint who the master manipulators are in your life. Should the situation call for it, it also will show you how to use certain manipulation techniques here and there on others. I have read other books on this subject written by psychologists and I was completely unimpressed. The psychologists who believe that they are knowledgeable through studying books and who have no street smarts, have nothing on Haha Lung!
Summary: Good Lord!
Comment: Wow. I can't believe all the glowing reviews here. This book is a joke people, and I mean that literally. I am a psychologist. I have a Masters degree in experimental psychology, I do research in the area of cognitive science, and I am working on my PhD in decision science. I am NOT saying that the principles and points in this book are wrong and that I know of the correct ones, but rather that there is no such thing as the drivel discussed in this book. Thank goodness. The last thing we need is a bunch of unstable ninja wannabes who can actually manipulate minds. Those who think that the psychological principles in this book are sound haven't a chance of becoming some kind of "psychological manipulator," for their understanding of psychology is so astronomically minute that they can't even recognize that the stuff discussed in this book is pure fiction. I'll give an example: Despite what this book claims, it is simply not true that people glance in certain directions when attempting to recall certain types of memories, or when attempting to generate certain types of thoughts. People do NOT look up and to the right when trying to construct visual images or straight and to the left when trying to remember auditory experiences. This is a psychological folk tale that was generated by Richard Bandler and Robert Dilts, two of the main figures in Neuro Linguistic Programming, which, if you don't know, is a sham. This notion was made popular in the film The Negotiator starring Samuel L. Jackson. Alas, however, it's a bunch of hokum that is not corroborated by research. Try it. It doesn't work. And don't buy this book unless you're just looking for a few solid belly laughs.
Summary: An Excellent Manual of Psychology Fundamentals
Comment: First and foremost, I will warn that the book Black Science is the same exact book as Mind Manipulation with the exception of a different publisher. I made the mistake of ordering both, and the return fees aren't worth it. Amazon.com might need to take a re-look at their packaging deals . . .
Well, this is a book review, so I'll get into reviewing the book. I personally found that Mind Manipulation is an informative read with several excellent viewpoints given by the author. Haha Lung has a creative writing style that everyone can relate to, and the techniques and ideas he focuses on are very much valid. Whether or not these listed techniques were used by the ninja is subject to debate, there are those who argue for both sides. That is however beside the point. This book provides information that may "shed some light" on the motives and actions of the fellow human being, as well as letting us realize some truths about ourselves. It also warns of the regular psychological ploys others may use to take an advantage, and what we can do to watch for and counteract such subtle mental attacks.
Overall this book is very much worth the money, and I am very pleased I purchased it. Is the book 100% perfect? Well, of course not. No book is. A few of the techniques may be a little far-fetched, but this is a tiny percentage of the book, as most of the information is extremely informative and useful. If you're looking for more books on practical psychology that you can apply to your everyday life, I also would reccomend to you the book "How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie, as well as "A Book of Five Rings" by Miyamoto Musashi. If you're looking for more books that deal with ninjutsu history and training, both Grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi and Stephen K. Hayes have excellent books that cater to both the history of the art of Togakure Ryu Ninjutsu as well as its techniques and forms. I would also reccomend that those looking for a better understanding of the meld of psychology and fighting or military command in any form should read "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu.
I give this book two thumbs up. May it be as useful to you as it was me.
Summary: Nothing that resembles Ninjutsu
Comment: This book seeks to offer a quick ninjutsu solution to the uninformed. If you're looking for REAL ninjutsu(and I do wish to stress REAL) then search out any book written by Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi.
Summary: Fun and quite interesting, but I won't be leaving it out on the coffee table....
Comment: One of the great things about Amazon is the ability to order books that you might feel a bit red-faced about buying in the bookshop.
I'm sure there are worse examples, but I think this is one such book, a guilty pleasure of dubious value, but quite fun.
I have to say that this is by no means an authoritative work on mind-manipulation or influence, but it took me back to my teenage years when I read lots of books on martial arts and ninja training, much of it of doubtful value, others based on the actual martial disciplines of the ninja.
I did like the stories of ancient Japan featured in this book, of legendary warriors such as Miyamoto Musashi, but then the book has significant weaknesses, too, for example the light section on hypnotism.
It also has some apparently standard NLP techniques that I seem to have read in about five other books, and I could do without.
This is a very easy to read book, it took a couple of days to read, which is enjoyable but not of great value.
All-in-all quite fun, but by no means sensational.