The Art of War (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

Paperback | May 1, 2003

bySun TzuIntroduction byDallas GalvinEditorDallas Galvin

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The Art of War, by Sun Tzu, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics:
  • New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars
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    “A clever fighter is one who not only wins, but excels in winning with ease.” So wrote Sun Tzu 2,500 years ago.

    Sun Tzu’s incisive blueprint for battlefield strategy is as relevant to today’s combatants in business, politics, and everyday life as it once was to the warlords of ancient China. The Art of War is one of the most useful books ever written on leading with wisdom, an essential tool for modern corporate warriors battling to gain the advantage in the boardroom, and for anyone struggling to gain the upper hand in confrontations and competitions.

    Here Lionel Giles’s famed 1910 translation, laced with commentary from illustrious Chinese experts, is brought up to date with relevant quotations from Western writers and thinkers.  This new edition offers Sun Tzu’s timeless classic, both with and without annotation, making it more accessible to aspiring leaders and military strategists than ever before.

    Dallas Galvin, a writer and journalist specializing in international affairs and the arts, has reported on military affairs in Latin America and Asia and produced documentaries for the NATO Alliance.

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The Art of War, by Sun Tzu, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics:New introductions c...

Dallas Galvin, a writer and journalist specializing in international affairs and the arts, has reported on military affairs in Latin America and Asia and produced documentaries for the NATO Alliance.

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Tool Every field, from Business to Politics, and everything in between, have used what they've read and have applied it to their success. I highly recommend adding this to your arsenal up there in your dome!
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very wise book The reason I liked this book was not for it's military tactics but mainly for it's history. It has wisdom in it that you can use in your daily life if you apply it to your situation.
Date published: 2016-07-08
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
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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From Dallas Galvin's Introduction to The Art of WarWar is a howling, baying jackal. Or is it the animating storm? Suicidal madness or the purifying fire? An imperialist travesty? Or the glorious explosion of a virile nation made manifest upon the planet? In all recorded history, this debate is recent, as is the idea of peace to describe an active state happier than a mere interregnum between fisticuffs. Astounding as it may seem, war has consistently won the debate. In fact, it never had serious competition-not until August 24, 1898, anyway, when Czar Nicholas II of Russia called for an international conference specifically to discuss "the most effectual means" to "a real and durable peace." That was the first time nations would gather without a war at their backs to discuss how war might be prevented systematically. Nicholas was successful. His first Peace Conference was held in 1899. It was followed by a second, in 1907. These meetings gave rise to a process in which the world gained a common code of international laws.It was a moment when peace and the trials of war were under the microscope of the civilized world. Off in a very quiet corner of this stage, there also appeared two scholars: one, a ghost, Sun Wu-this is Sun Tzu's actual name; Sun is the family name, and Tzu an honorific-a member of a Chinese clan of experts on arms and fighting, who had lived some 2,400 years earlier; the other, a librarian and student of the Chinese classics, Lionel Giles, who published his translation of The Art of War in 1910. He, too, was a son of eminence-his father was the great sinologist Herbert Giles-and he transported Sun Tzu's urgent injunctions on the nature of war across vast reaches of time and culture; the task was extraordinary, the impetus behind it almost saintly. The influence of the work of these two men colors our lives even as this text is written. But it did not come without effort, and even today, with a century of English-language scholarship on Asian literature, religion, and societies behind us, there is still much to puzzle the general reader.World War I and its carnage would soon burst upon the world, leaving an estimated 25 million dead, twice the tally for all the wars of nineteenth-century Europe. Nicholas and his entire class would disappear amid the terrors of revolution in Russia, China, and Mexico, to name but the grandest uprisings. World War II would follow with no fewer than 60 million dead, and on its heels a whirl of wars for independence, civil wars, and the surrogate wars of Vietnam, Korea, Africa, the Balkans, and the Middle East-all in all, a century-long testament to the failure of humanity's best intentions. It would be an odd soul who did not find himself feeling as Abraham Lincoln did in his Second Inaugural Address, on March 4, 1865, as the American Civil War was ending: "Fondly do we hope-fervently do we pray-that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away."Yet it takes little experience to understand the futility of belligerence alone, as Sun Tzu wrote: "[H]e who is destined to defeat first fights and afterwards looks for victory" (chap. IV, paragraph 15). On the world front or the level of the individual, the issue is not force, not arms-it is strategy. In his study of Mao Tse-tung, modern warfare's most ardent student of Sun Tzu, Robert Payne notes: "Sun Wu's ideas on war are exceedingly adaptable, . . . nearly all of them demonstrating how the commander of a small force can overcome a powerful enemy, given suitable conditions of his own making. These apothegms have a peculiarly Chinese flavor, hardheaded, deeply philosophical, often showing a disturbing knowledge of the human soul under stress" (Robert Payne, Mao Tse-tung; see "For Further Reading"). But how did Sun Tzu know what he knew? Where did he get his information? Can we trust it?