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The Art of War

Format:  Paperback,

114 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: May 1991

ISBN-13: 9780877735373

ISBN-10: 0877735379

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Compiled more than two thousand years ago by a mysterious warrior-philosopher, "The Art of War "is still perhaps the most prestigious and influential book of strategy in the world today, as eagerly studied in Asia by modern politicians and executives as it as been by military leaders since ancient times. As a study of the anatomy of organizations in conflict, "The Art of War "applies to competition and conflict in general, on every level from the interpersonal to the international. Its aim is invincibility, victory without battle, and unassailable strength through understanding of the physics, politics, and psychology of conflict.
Translated from a standard collection of commentaries on Sun Tzu's text by eleven interpreters, this pocket classic has been edited by Thomas Cleary to bring out the meaning of the principles of strategy.

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Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: May 1991
ISBN-13: 9780877735373
ISBN-10: 0877735379
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 114
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.15
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 3.0 x 4.5 x 0.25

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Biography of Sun-Tzu

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.

Chapter outline

Introductionp. 1
Laying Plansp. 13
Waging Warp. 21
Attack by Stratagemp. 27
Tactical Dispositionsp. 35
Use of Energyp. 41
Weak Points and Strongp. 49
Maneuvering an Armyp. 59
Variation of Tacticsp. 69
The Army on the Marchp. 75
Classification of Terrainp. 87
The Nine Situationsp. 97
The Attack by Firep. 115
The Use of Spiesp. 121
Other Books from Ulysses Pressp. 126
About the Introduction Authorp. 130

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2006-07-01)

This year's crop of Penguin "Great Ideas" volumes offers another eclectic dozen works that shaped society from the ancient Greeks to the 20th century. The books are fairly no frills, but the price isn't bad.

Awards and Recognitions

  • ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards, 2008 (United States)

Book description

Compiled more than two thousand years ago by a mysterious warrior-philosopher, The Art of War is still perhaps the most prestigious and influential book of strategy in the world today, as eagerly studied in Asia by modern politicians and executives as it as been by military leaders since ancient times. As a study of the anatomy of organizations in conflict, The Art of War applies to competition and conflict in general, on every level from the interpersonal to the international. Its aim is invincibility, victory without battle, and unassailable strength through understanding of the physics, politics, and psychology of conflict.

Translated from a standard collection of commentaries on Sun Tzu's text by eleven interpreters, this pocket classic has been edited by Thomas Cleary to bring out the meaning of the principles of strategy.

Customer Product Reviews

Rated 2.8 out of 5★ by 4reviewers.
Rated 1 out of 5★ by Tiny Book This was not what I expected at all. This book was a gift for someone. This book is a little bit bigger than a deck of cards and it is not the complete book. 11/10/2008
Rated 2 out of 5★ by Read the fine print this is a mini book about the size of a credit card, maybe I didnt read the description very well, but look closely before you buy 01/25/2011
Rated 4 out of 5★ by Good for reference This book is the ABRIDGED version, not the complete version; let's get that clear.Even though this isn't the entire text (as i have read the unabridged), it is a great quick referrence guide for strategy. Being a martial artist, this is considered to us (sometimes) as the master text. I would not recommend this to someone who has not read the entire manuscript. Though I would recommend it to someone who has, and would like a quick referrence he can carry anywhere. 01/15/2009
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