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Art of War

ISBN-10: 1566192978
ISBN-13: 9781566192972
Edition: 1998
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Description: An illuminating new look at the classic primer on warfare. Distinguishing itself from many previous versions, this contemporary translation of Sun-Tzu's landmark text acknowledges the work first and foremost as a masterpiece of military strategy.  More...

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Book details

List price: $7.98
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Barnes & Noble, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/27/1994
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.562
Language: English

An illuminating new look at the classic primer on warfare. Distinguishing itself from many previous versions, this contemporary translation of Sun-Tzu's landmark text acknowledges the work first and foremost as a masterpiece of military strategy. Translator Ralph Sawyer provides the most detailed introduction and commentary yet offered on the text, its author, and his age. Get inside the head of Sun-Tzu, and find out which significant historical battles influenced his thinking. Sawyer's exhaustive biographical research helps you separate the myth from the elusive man himself. Immerse yourself in the mindset of the Chinese military organization through an extensive overview of its history as well as its tactical use of chariots, horse and cavalry, armor and shields, and swords. Several supplementary sections illuminate relevant portions of the recently discovered tomb texts and "lost writings," reputed to be earlier variants of the standard version. A glossary identifies figures and terms for the convenience of readers unfamiliar with Chinese history and writings.

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.

Introduction
A Note on the Text
Suggestions for Further Reading
A List of Chinese Commentators
Chronologies
The Art of War
Making of Plans
Waging of War
Strategic Offensive
Forms and Dispositions
Potential Energy
Empty and Full
The Fray
The Nine Changes
On the March
Forms of Terrain
The Nine Kinds of Ground
Attack by Fire
Espionage
The Art of War with Commentary
Making of Plans
Waging of War
Strategic Offensive
Forms and Dispositions
Potential Energy
Empty and Full
The Fray
The Nine Changes
On the March
Forms of Terrain
The Nine Kinds of Ground
Attack by Fire
Espionage

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