|:||Cleary, Thomas F.|
|Publisher:||Random House Inc|
|Publish Date:||May 1991|
|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|
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.
|Laying Plans||p. 13|
|Waging War||p. 21|
|Attack by Stratagem||p. 27|
|Tactical Dispositions||p. 35|
|Use of Energy||p. 41|
|Weak Points and Strong||p. 49|
|Maneuvering an Army||p. 59|
|Variation of Tactics||p. 69|
|The Army on the March||p. 75|
|Classification of Terrain||p. 87|
|The Nine Situations||p. 97|
|The Attack by Fire||p. 115|
|The Use of Spies||p. 121|
|Other Books from Ulysses Press||p. 126|
|About the Introduction Author||p. 130|
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.
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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