The Art of War

by Ralph D. Sawyer, Tzu Sun

Basic Books | February 11, 1994 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

The Art of War is rated 3.8333 out of 5 by 6.
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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Published: February 11, 1994

Publisher: Basic Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0465013279

ISBN - 13: 9780465013272

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Are you ready? Are you ready for possibly one of the best books ever written? If you are interested in mind manipulation and details into the human psyche, then this is the book for you. The art of war is a book that basically tells you in detail how to control your enemy and make them "play" right into your hands. Not only that but in general it is great reading material. Fascinating and beneficial; it will take up your television time before you know it. You will read this book over and over again until it is memorized. Perhaps if you dare too, try it on one of your enemies (although it's not recommended. Ha-ha).
Date published: 2012-04-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Art of Life This book has some profound principles that not only can be used for war, but your whole life.
Date published: 2010-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from War or Work It takes the brilliancy of Sun Tzu's complex prespectives on war into easy-to-use outtakes on life. This is a book for everyone who have to overcome many obsticles throughout their day.
Date published: 2000-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Highly recommend this version of the classic. Clavell adds value to this "must read" with short but insightful comments. The book is 13 short chapters but you find yourself wanting to read it over and over. I have read this version several times and I agree with Mr. Clavell that every person in a leadership role should have to read the Art of War... and this is the best version I have seen to date.
Date published: 2000-09-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good for beginners While I have read a better version of the translation (Thomas Cleary's), I found the beginning chapter on military history in China to be a good introduction to the line of thought that produced the Art Of War. People unfamiliar with Chinese History would do well to read this one, then read Cleary's version to compare.
Date published: 2000-08-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not the Best Sun must be rolling in his grave at this point. These interpretations have become a dime a dozen so it has also become hard to find one that is well written. For an even better read try the Thomas Cleary version both the teachings and the essays of the Art of War.
Date published: 1999-08-05

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The Art of War

by Ralph D. Sawyer, Tzu Sun

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: February 11, 1994

Publisher: Basic Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0465013279

ISBN - 13: 9780465013272

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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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