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Art of War

ISBN-10: 0143105752
ISBN-13: 9780143105756
Edition: 2009
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Description: Another influential Penguin Classic—now available in our signature black-spine dress For more than two thousand years, Sun-Tzu’s The Art of Warhas provided military leaders with essential advice on battlefield tactics, managing troops and terrain,  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/28/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.28" wide x 7.80" long x 0.67" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Another influential Penguin Classic—now available in our signature black-spine dress For more than two thousand years, Sun-Tzu’s The Art of Warhas provided military leaders with essential advice on battlefield tactics, managing troops and terrain, and employing cunning and deception. An elemental part of Chinese culture, it has also become a touchstone for the Western struggle for survival and success, whether in battle, in business, or in relationships. With this volume’s crisp, accessible translation and lively, learned introduction, even those readers familiar with The Art of Warwill experience it anew, finding it more fascinating—and more chilling—than ever.

Sun Tzu was born around 544 B.C. Almost nothing is known about his life except that he was a Chinese military general who helped the King Ho-lu capture the city of Ying, bringing about the fall of the Ch'u state in 506 B.C.E. From this, Sun Tzu became known throughout the country as a wise and respected leader. Sun Tzu is best known today for a collection of essays called The Art of War, the oldest military treatise in the world. The text became known through translations by Father J. J. M. Amiot, a French Jesuit priest. The principles in the book are varied and include: "All warfare is based on deception," "The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting," and "The art of war is governed by five constant factors (1) The Moral Law; (2) Heaven; (3) Earth; (4) The Commander; (5) Method and discipline)". Sun Tzu is believed to have died in 496 B.C.E.

John Minford studied Chinese at Oxford and has taught in China, Hong Kong, and New Zealand.

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