Art of War The Essential Translation of the Classic Book of Life

ISBN-10: 0140439196

ISBN-13: 9780140439199

Edition: 2005 (Deluxe)

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For more than two thousand years, Sun-tzu's The Art of Warhas provided leaders with essential advice on battlefield tactics and management strategies. 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. Now, in this crisp, accessible new translation, eminent scholar John Minford brings this seminal work to life for today's readers. Capturing the literary quality of the work, Minford presents the core text in two formats: first, the unadorned ancient words of wisdom ascribed to Sun-tzu; then, the same text with extensive running commentary from the canon of traditional Chinese commentators. A lively, learned introduction and other valuable apparatus round out this authoritative volume.
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List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/26/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

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.

Introduction
Laying Plans
Waging War
Attack by Stratagem
Tactical Dispositions
Use of Energy
Weak Points and Strong
Maneuvering an Army
Variation of Tactics
The Army on the March
Classification of Terrain
The Nine Situations
The Attack by Fire
The Use of Spies
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