Art of War Translation, Essays, and Commentary by the Denma Translation Group

ISBN-10: 1590307283
ISBN-13: 9781590307281
Edition: 2009
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Description: A new edition of one of the best-selling translations of the Chinese classic, with extensive commentary and in-depth essays explaining how to apply the wisdom of nonaggression to conflicts in everyday life. At the core of this ancient strategy  More...

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List price: $19.50
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/9/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 4.50" wide x 7.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

A new edition of one of the best-selling translations of the Chinese classic, with extensive commentary and in-depth essays explaining how to apply the wisdom of nonaggression to conflicts in everyday life. At the core of this ancient strategy manual is the understanding that conflict is an inescapable part of human life. Since, as Sun Tzu teaches, aggression and response in kind can lead only to destruction, we must learn to work with conflict in a more profound and effective way. This unusually faithful translation carefully preserves the enigmatic quality of the originalallowing us to discover innumerable insights in its lines millennia after this oral tradition was first set down. Line-by-line commentary and three extensive essays reveal the broader implications of Sun Tzu's teachings and how they can be applied to everyday circumstances.

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.

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