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The Art of War

Editor Sun Tzu
Foreword by B.H. Liddell Hart
Translated by Samuel B. Griffith

Oxford University Press | March 1, 1988 | Hardcover

The Art of War is rated 4.25 out of 5 by 4.
Written in China more than 2,000 years ago, Sun Tzu''s classic The Art of War is the first known study of the planning and conduct of military operations. These terse, aphoristic essays are unsurpassed in comprehensiveness and depth of understanding, examining not only battlefield maneuvers, but also relevant economic, political, and psychological factors. Indeed, the precepts outlined by Sun Tzu can be applied outside the realm of military theory. It is read avidly by Japanese businessmen and in fact was touted in the movie Wall Street as the corporate raider''s bible. In addition to an excellent translation of Sun Tzu''s text, Samuel Griffith also provides commentaries written by Chinese strategists, plus several thought-provoking essays on topics such as the influence of Sun Tzu on Mao Tse-tung and on Japanese military thought, the nature of warfare in Sun Tzu''s time, and the life of Sun Tzu and other important commentators. Remarkable for its clear organization, lucid prose, and the acuity of its intellectual and moral insights, The Art of War is the definitive study of combat.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 224 pages, 5.43 × 8.31 × 0.94 in

Published: March 1, 1988

Publisher: Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0195015401

ISBN - 13: 9780195015409

Found in: History, Military Science

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from In the Name of Iran This is a great book to read and learn knowledge about different military strategy what to do when your army is out number by the enemy. What to do with spies. These are hard question in light of crisis. It is Oriental book of Machiavellian.
Date published: 2014-05-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not what I expected After hearing about this book from my boyfriend, I decided to look it up, and read the reviews. I bought it and started to read it. It was interesting, and I could see how it could be useful, but the language was so informative that after each chapter I had to sit and take time to reflect on what I just read rather than keep going.
Date published: 2012-10-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic insights I received this book as a Christmas present with the words "This book changed my life." Not knowing quite what to make of this, I was interested in seeing exactly what was so "life changing". I would soon learn, through the words of Master Sun and many of the great ancient Chinese philosophers the way of combat. Not just in the physical sense but in an overwhelming worldliness. Thomas Cleary breaks down of each philosophers thoughts and interpretations of Sun Tzu's teachings, into a concise and easy to read and manner. It is quite possible and satisfactory for a reader to just accept this as a combat manual and nothing more, but for the deeper thinker, the words of Master Sun and his followers can be a fundamental grounding for the challenges and conflicts we face in our everyday lives. Thanks J.
Date published: 2000-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Art of War Astounding in simplicity, The Art of War applies as much to today's business world as it does to the warfare tactics of ancient China. Hailed as today's "corporate raider's bible", Sun Tzu's essay is just as applicable today as it was centuries ago. Although relating largely to traditional warfare techniques and politics, the study retains its relevance into the 21st Century. This essay explains concepts that readers can easily understand and apply whether in the world of buisness, or the world of game. Those seeking insight into strategic thought are strongly advised to read this book. Those who found this study to be anything but informative are encouraged to rebut
Date published: 2000-01-15

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The Art of War

Editor Sun Tzu
Foreword by B.H. Liddell Hart
Translated by Samuel B. Griffith

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 224 pages, 5.43 × 8.31 × 0.94 in

Published: March 1, 1988

Publisher: Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0195015401

ISBN - 13: 9780195015409

From the Publisher

Written in China more than 2,000 years ago, Sun Tzu''s classic The Art of War is the first known study of the planning and conduct of military operations. These terse, aphoristic essays are unsurpassed in comprehensiveness and depth of understanding, examining not only battlefield maneuvers, but also relevant economic, political, and psychological factors. Indeed, the precepts outlined by Sun Tzu can be applied outside the realm of military theory. It is read avidly by Japanese businessmen and in fact was touted in the movie Wall Street as the corporate raider''s bible. In addition to an excellent translation of Sun Tzu''s text, Samuel Griffith also provides commentaries written by Chinese strategists, plus several thought-provoking essays on topics such as the influence of Sun Tzu on Mao Tse-tung and on Japanese military thought, the nature of warfare in Sun Tzu''s time, and the life of Sun Tzu and other important commentators. Remarkable for its clear organization, lucid prose, and the acuity of its intellectual and moral insights, The Art of War is the definitive study of combat.

About the Author

The late Samuel B. Griffith is the author of The Battle for Guadalcanal and the editor and translator of Mao Tse-tung: "On Guerilla War."

From Our Editors

The writings of the ancient warrior Sun Tzu have provided tremendous wisdom to generations through the ages. Now these philosophies are available with anecdotal extracts by the author of Shogun and Noble House.

Editorial Reviews

"Samuel Griffith''s original and scholarly translation of The Art of War shows how good scholarship can make an easily readable translation that is much more useful to modern readers."--The Philadelphia Inquirer
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