Sun-Tzu: The Art of War

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Sun-Tzu: The Art of War

Format:  Paperback,

384 pages

Publisher: Perseus Books Group

Publish Date: Feb 1994

ISBN-13: 9780813319513

ISBN-10: 081331951X

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The "Art of War "is almost certainly the most famous study of strategy ever written and has had an extraordinary influence on the history of warfare. The principles Sun-tzu expounded were utilized brilliantly by such great Asian war leaders as Mao Tse-tung, Giap, and Yamamoto. First translated two hundred years ago by a French missionary, Sun-tzu's "Art of War" has been credited with influencing Napoleon, the German General Staff, and even the planning for Desert Storm. Many Japanese companies make this book required reading for their key executives. And increasingly, Western businesspeople and others are turning to the "Art of War" for inspiration and advice on how to succeed in competitive situations of all kinds. Unlike most editions of Sun-tzu currently available (many simply retreads of older, flawed translations), this superb new translation makes use of the best available classical Chinese manuscripts, including the ancient "tomb text" version discovered by archaeologists at Linyi, China. Ralph Sawyer, an outstanding Western scholar of ancient Chinese warfare and a successful businessman in his own right, places this classic work of strategy in its proper historical context. Sawyer supplies a portrait of Sun-tzu's era and outlines several battles of the period that may have either influenced Sun-tzu or been conducted by him. While appreciative of the philosophical richness of the "Art of War," this edition stresses Sun-tzu's practical origins and presents a translation that is both accurate and accessible.

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Publisher: Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: Feb 1994
ISBN-13: 9780813319513
ISBN-10: 081331951X
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 384
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.05
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 8.5 x 1.5

Chapter outline

Prefacep. 11
A Note on the Translation and Pronunciationp. 21
Chronology of Approximate Dynastic Periodsp. 25
General Introduction and Historical Backgroundp. 29
Introductionp. 77
Notes to the General Introduction and Historical Backgroundp. 249
Notes to the Translationp. 301
Notes to the Tomb Texts and Lost Writingsp. 331
Selected Bibliographyp. 337
Glossaryp. 351
Indexp. 363

Book description

The Art of War is almost certainly the most famous study of strategy ever written and has had an extraordinary influence on the history of warfare. The principles Sun-tzu expounded were utilized brilliantly by such great Asian war leaders as Mao Tse-tung, Giap, and Yamamoto. First translated two hundred years ago by a French missionary, Sun-tzu’s Art of War has been credited with influencing Napoleon, the German General Staff, and even the planning for Desert Storm. Many Japanese companies make this book required reading for their key executives. And increasingly, Western businesspeople and others are turning to the Art of War for inspiration and advice on how to succeed in competitive situations of all kinds.
 
Unlike most editions of Sun-tzu currently available (many simply retreads of older, flawed translations), this superb new translation makes use of the best available classical Chinese manuscripts, including the ancient “tomb text” version discovered by archaeologists at Linyi, China.
 
Ralph Sawyer, an outstanding Western scholar of ancient Chinese warfare and a successful businessman in his own right, places this classic work of strategy in its proper historical context. Sawyer supplies a portrait of Sun-tzu’s era and outlines several battles of the period that may have either influenced Sun-tzu or been conducted by him. While appreciative of the philosophical richness of the Art of War, this edition stresses Sun-tzu’s practical origins and presents a translation that is both accurate and accessible.

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Rated 5 out of 5★†by 1reviewer.
Rated 5 out of 5★†by Great book I started reading this book because I heard how it had a strong correlation to business. I would say that this is completely true and is still very relevant even considering the original text was written around 2,400 years ago. The book has 13 short chapters which are about ancient wars, yet relate well to business and economics in today‚Äôs era. I would say this is a must read for anyone involved in business, economics or politics. 12/03/2012
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