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Sun Tzu: The Art of War (Restored Translation) [Paperback]

Sun Tzu , Istvan Aggott Honsch , Lionel Giles
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May 1 2009
Sun Tzu's Art of War has been vastly influential in the east since China's Warring States Period (403 BC - 221 BC). And though its first translation into a European language was only in 1782, the book's significance was quickly recognized; and even such towering figures of Western history as Napoleon and General Douglas MacArthur have claimed it as a source of inspiration. Pax Librorum (www.PaxLibrorum.com) now brings readers this restored and highly accessible unannotated edition of Lionel Giles' definitive translation of this enduring masterpiece.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for any warrior Feb. 10 2014
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As a soccer coach, I enjoyed reading this book giving me insight and food for thoughts on how to approach certain situations. A must read for any competitive player.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Edition, Good Price May 12 2009
By Jean-Paul Valois - Published on Amazon.com
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Simple and elegant... perhaps a bit "zen", if I can get away with senselessly mixing Asian cultures. The publisher claims on its website (which has a free PDF version, by the way) that the text has been corrected of errors and omissions... whether or not that is the case, it certainly has none of the glaring errors of some of the competing El Cheapo editions in the same price range. It also features an introduction with a historical story about Sun Tzu demonstrating his excellence as a general by training the Emperor's concubines to military discipline.

One of the better unannotated Lionel Giles translations, to be sure. And even though the lack of annotation means that you don't get the full richness of Giles' (and that of the ancient Chinese commentators he regularly quotes) nuanced (and sometimes corrective) interpretation; sometimes the footnotes/mixed-in annotations have a way of distracting the mind from The Art of War proper itself.

This edition should be a welcome read for both first-time readers (who should definitely consider also buying an annotated edition eventually) and those who already know the nuances and want to read Sun Tzu's masterpiece without constant the interruptions (however helpful and well intentioned they may be).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fundamental Considerations of War Sept. 12 2010
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Originally read this 40 years ago and foolishly loaned out the book. Given the involvement in 2 current international combat missions, the re-read was timely. Required reading for all war critics, politicians and professional, career military. Insights from Sun Tsu are over 2500 years old (time of classical Greece), yet are applicable today as illustration of stability of human conflict over 25 centuries. Not much cultural improvement in the Art of Peace!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Art of War Oct. 17 2010
By Brenda Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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The book arrived really fast and was in excellent shape. Great read. This version is the closest to what I read in school.
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