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The Art of Strategy [Paperback]

R.L. Wing
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April 1 1988
More than 2,500 years ago, Sun Tzu composed his masterpiece The Art of War which has been used by the world's greatest leaders including Napoleon. Here, Wing makes the influential philosophies of the Orient accessible to all seekers of professional achievement and personal excellence. 20 halftones, 35 illustrations.

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Why isn't it called the "Art of War?" Because Wing hits on a point missed by most translations. Sun Tzu's objective in writing the classic book was, as Wing puts it, "The achievement of triumph through tactical positioning, without resorting to battle."
The book is divided as the original. Brief, to the point, and put forth in such a way to invite the reader to contemplate each section, with comments by the author as to how it relates to different levels of conflict...environmental, interpersonal, between leaders, and within ones self. This structure allows the reader to use this book as both discovery and reminder. I've carried the book around for years, using it to remind me how to deal with situations.
I've read several versions of "the Art of War," and value this one the most. It's highly recommended, and very useful, both personally and professionally.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! A brilliant piece of a complex whole Feb. 5 2004
Chinese language and culture differ so strongly from American thought and culture that it is impossible to think that a single translation of a classic Chinese text can give the reader the complete experience of having read the text in its original language and context. RL Wing's translation brilliantly shines a light on the ART OF WAR.
I came to Wing's translation after having studied and studied the old public domain English translation with its copius notes and explanations. Wing gives the reader a tremendous insight into THE ART OF WAR, the brevity and compactness of Chinese language expression, the morality and thinking of Sun Tzu, and the different ways that the Eastern mind comprehends war from the Western mind.
If you are a dedicated student of Sun Tzu's ART OF WAR, this translation belongs in your collection. I don't know if it's the best or not, but it's a vital translation. If peace is your highest aim and the resolution of conflict without coming to violence is your highest aspiration, this book displays the wisdom of the great general in terms that clarify meaning for Western readers.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Explanation on Strategy & Politics April 11 2002
5 star for SunTzu's work
0 star for R.W.Wangs annotaion
3 stars over all
Sun Tzu's strategy is based on the laws of nature - both human and environment. His treatise is a universal template that shows the way to triumph over conflicts from interpersonal to international. The strategy follows a direct path that escalates until victory is assured. From analysis and projection, through planning and positioning and on to confrontation. Sun Tzu explains such techniques as the use of camouflage the creation of illusion and gathering intelligence. A true victory can be won only with a strategy of tactical positioning so that the moment of triumph is effortless and destructive conflict is averted. Sun Tzu pointed out "Those who win one hundred triumphs in one hundred conflicts do not have supreme skill. Those who have supreme skill use strategy to bend others without coming to conflict".
Sun Tzu explores the psychological motivations for power and discipline in 'Art of War'. His work is ostensibly about tactics and day-to-day practice of warfare. As Sun Tzu was a keen observer of human nature, 'the Art of war' is filled with advice useful not only for those engaged in war but also for those carrying on their normal lives.
The strategic and tactical doctrines expounded in 'The Art of War' are based on deception, the creation of false appearance to mystify and delude the enemy; the indirect approach; readily adaptability to the enemy situation' flexible and co-ordinate maneuver of combat elements and speedy concentration against point of weakness. The best policy is to attack the enemy plans to prevent him from acting; then disrupt his alliances; creating a wedge amongst the people in state.
In the 'Art of War' the underlying tone is discipline.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enter the Dragon Jan. 10 2002
I purchased this book in its first edition when I was in my late twenties trying to climb the corporate ladder. I had just finished reading James Clavell's 'Shogun', was deep into the Akira manga and began dating a girl from Shinjuku. Needless to say I was a bit overboard on the whole Asian trip. But you remember the 80s, we were all thinking about the Pacific Rim. With that in mind, I took this book more seriously than the average reader might, but let me tell you something, it was profoundly impressive, and it worked.
The book is laid out in such a way that it makes a perfect blueprint for a year's worth of meditations. I rushed the process, but memorized each of the pages, and followed up with journal writings. A bit more extreme than the average bear, I confess but it made such a difference. Now, more than ten years later, what I have internalized from that period remains core. As I review the axioms, it's hard for me to imagine how I saw things before they became as self-evident to me as they are now. And yet I still find myself drawn to repeat the entire process as I embrace a new set of challenges at middle age.
I'm not the kind given to 12 step programs and all that, I make jokes about the person who asks for directions to the self-help section of the bookstore, but this is great stuff for the most hard headed pragmatists as well as the wooliest thumbsuckers. My recommendation to you is to take this book as a guide to meditations and study of the tao. The deeper you are into 'untenable' situations, the more profound the insights you will gain.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Maybe the best title translation
The title R.L. Wing has is far more representative of the content. It really is not all about "The Art of War", though it does address combat strategy. Read more
Published on Sept. 10 2001 by Thomas G. Bramhall
5.0 out of 5 stars profound and worth studying
B. H. Liddell Hart, the great British strategist, said late in his life that all his ideas could be found in Sun Tzu. Read more
Published on Aug. 29 2001 by Doug Samuelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Know your enemy and know yourself.
A classic military treatise used for twenty-five centuries. Shows the way to a success over life's obstacles. Presented in an engaging, rousing, and sensible way. Read more
Published on Aug. 11 2001 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Version on the Market!!!!
If you are a Sun Tzu fan, then this version was made for you.
The original language is preserved with Wing's applications in the four major arenas of life that the Art of War... Read more
Published on July 17 2001 by "bobby_mac8"
4.0 out of 5 stars the art of strategy
i read the art of war years ago and the it was a good book once you got around the fluff. this book is short, and to the point with a new twist for every day life.
Published on Jan. 5 2001 by aaron johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars A finely tuned book with thought provoking exercises.
More like a workbook, we admire the way this book breaks away from the usual war mode and into the strategy realm. Read more
Published on June 18 2000 by Sonshi.com
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes a Chinese Classic Thoroughly Modern
I have read numerous translations of the "Art of War", however "The Art of Strategy" takes the classic Chinese strategy to a level that modern Americans can... Read more
Published on Dec 1 1999 by Mark Schreiber
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, useful, beautiful. The best translation yet.
If you want to systematically improve your life with a minimum of ideology, this is an excellent book to work with
Published on Oct. 1 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on Art of War yet
Written as a workbook, R.L. Wing brings us close to the concepts of the Art of War (Strategy) as no other translation has for me in the past. Read more
Published on June 23 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant, Lucid, and Insightful
R.L. Wing brings to life this classic chinese work of stragety. The work is divided for easy reading and each english passage is accompanied by the corresponding chinese... Read more
Published on March 1 1999 by "brisallen"
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