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The Art of War: The New Illustrated Edition [Hardcover]

Sun Tzu
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May 1 2012 The Art of Wisdom
This classic Chinese text, the earliest known treatise on war, offers strategy and tactics that can be applied to every type of human conflict. Central to Sun Tzu's philosophy is the concept of using deception and superior intelligence to minimize risk, which has made his book required reading at military, business, and law schools around the world. With a Foreword by B.H. Liddell Hart and a 74-page Introduction, this deluxe edition--beautifully presented in a sumptuous silk case--is a standout offering in the successful Art of Wisdom series.

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"As a reflection of the Chinese mind, this little work is as relevant as any Confucian classic."--The Times (London)

"Shows managers how to be fearless in resolving conflicts."--Boardman Reports

"A brief tract on strategy that has been admired in China for centuries. Some of Mao Tse Tung's most eloquent thoughts are merely rehashes of Sun Tzu and his interpreters."--The Los Angeles Herald Examiner

"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 --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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OVER the centuries countless Chinese critics have devoted a great deal of attention to examination of literary works ascribed to the 'classical' period, an era usually defined as extending from 551 B.C., the probable birth year of Confucius, to 249 B.C., when King Chao of Ch'in liquidated the Chou dynasty. Read the first page
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4.0 out of 5 stars Deep Thinkers Only April 6 2014
By fredamans TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
What a different book. I picked it up, knowing it had been around forever and I had a mild curiosity what it had in it. I've quoted Sun Tzu often enough, especially in the old Quote meme I used to host, but felt weird having never read the book.
Amazon had it free and that was my golden opportunity to read it and see exactly what I had been missing.
Philosophy.
Aren't most philosophical statements just common sense told in parable? That's how I see them, and that was especially true in this book. Most of the points or statements Sun Tzu made, I felt were common sense if you just sat and thought about it.
I took time after each point/statement and thought hard about what it meant. Sometimes you didn't have to think hard at all, it was plain as day. Each one rang true, and each one was different from the last.
Look, I know we are not a world where every country is at war. But this book isn't just about fighting a war on land, it also touches on the wars we have within ourselves.
Sadly, I don't think everyone will 'get' this book. Nor will everyone enjoying reading it, but I did.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ebook May 17 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
read some of it can see how it is diametrically opposed to my way of handling things.still very good book
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2.0 out of 5 stars "Incomplete" edition March 31 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A very basic edition without any meaningful comments or preface. You get the text, but not much else: should not be surprised, I suppose, considering the very low price.
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By chris
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The Chinese have lived by these lessons for centuries and they still are using them to create a dynasty for the future. Don't believe it? Look what's going on in the financial world today. The Chinese are preparing and the rest of the world is destroying their currency and losing all jobs that actually produce goods to the Chinese. This is a book about strategy more than it is about war. It's how to use your brains not your brawn. Really read the title. War is an art form.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Oct. 15 2013
By Julien
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
did not read this book yet but at 99 cents it is worth having on my kindle. Will read eventually, as it is a classic
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3.0 out of 5 stars A few grains of truth in a lot of chaff July 21 2006
By bernie TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Today many of Sun Tzu quotas are floating around mixed with Shakespeare and the Bible. And as with many of the quote they are out of context and misleading. The quoter usually thinks repeating the word is some sort of magic.

Most versions of this work spend more time trying to identify and qualify Sun Tzu's writings than just quoting them. I will not go through all the arguments as to who "wrote what when" or "translated what when" as you can read this for yourself.

Another distraction is the attempt to show how the book was applied or not applied in recent wars. This may be interesting to someone whose intention is to apply the theories of Sun Tzu; however it is not his writing but someone else's interpretation of its application.

Now let's finally get to Sun Tzu. It is easy with hindsight and a closer look at the future to dismiss Sun Tzu as his practical tactical knowledge is of a time and place long gone. He spends a lot of time on the use of weapons and information gathering techniques of the time. This can be interesting in a historical context; other wise it is quite amusing.

Oh yes those grains of truth I mentioned, well they may sound like clich's but they are still viable. "Know your enemy and know yourself". Others are just practical sense and statistical outcomes that you learn in any military training. I could go through the list, but again that is why you buy the book.

Now just as you decide that the book is outdated for any practical purposes today we have artillery and now stealth and precision, the reminder that "no two wars are alike" and "it is flexibility that makes a difference" is being shown today to still be true. Even in today's wars there is a need for good intelligence and deception.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be misinterpreted with War, Tact. Jan. 3 2002
Format:Paperback
Many seem to think the only reason this book was written was for war strategy. The Ancients who wrote this thought more so of ways to enhance performance in general. That should not come as surprise to anyone slightly familiar with Oriental doctrines. A Mother could benefit from reading this book, then again a leader of a nuclear power as well. I strongly recommend another similar book titled SB 1 or God that speaks of the battle of Armageddon fighting the Chinese with modern strategy and weapons, also carries over to everyday tactics, By Karl Mark Maddox.
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4.0 out of 5 stars AP World History Review Aug. 21 2001
Format:Paperback
I read the book entitled, The Art of War by Sun Tzu. I feel that Sun Tzu´¿s purpose of writing this book is that of teaching war strategies. His emphasis was on not killing people, rather that of emerging victorious in the least amount of time. He was much more interested in confusion rather than massacre. Sun Tzu stresses that ´¿the war´¿ needs to be quickly won, he has been quoted to say, ´¿There has never been a protracted war from which a country has benefited.´¿ I believe that even today, these strategies that Sun Tzu came up with, prove to be effective. Deception, not necessarily deceit, is one of the principal concepts in this novel. Sun Tzu had first hand experience in The Art of War; therefore his essays are provoking and believable. Sun Tzu´¿s theories on war can be applied to a great many things, such as business and sports. Sun Tzu accomplished his goal, that being to teach people his theories on war. He was, during his time, a very unique man, and during our time, he still is a very unique man. The original novel was written by Sun Tzu in about 400 B.C. There has been much deliberation about when Sun Tzu existed, or even if he existed. It is only an approximation to say he was around in 400 B.C. Due to the words he uses and his descriptions of the time period, scholars have reach an approximate time in which he lived. The translator of Sun Tzu´¿s essays makes this information readily available and understandable. It has then been translated many times. I read the version translated by, Samuel B. Griffith. Samuel B. Griffith did an obscene amount of research on this project. He includes an extensive bibliography as well as a recognition page. Some of his sources include; The Taiheiki. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sun Tzu's Excellent Advice
I owned this book for many years and it gave me great strength when dealing
with adversarial situations. I lent it to my son who is in a very competitive business. Read more
Published on Oct. 9 2010 by Sidders
5.0 out of 5 stars Not an instruction book for ass-whoopin'
It is interesting to note that all of the readers see this as a text on war, and how to beat your enemies. Read more
Published on April 11 2005 by Joe Breed
5.0 out of 5 stars The ageless art
One would intuitively think that any book on war written thousands of years ago would long-since be rendered obsolete by all the technological advances in warfare that have occured... Read more
Published on July 7 2004 by D. Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Applicable on more than just the battlefield
The Art of War, a military treatise written by Sun Tzu around 500 B.C. in ancient China, teaches many good lessons to anyone who will ever have to command a group of people, in the... Read more
Published on April 8 2004 by "algernons_aquaintance"
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I love this book even though I haven't read it. I plan on reading it in a couple of hours.
Published on March 18 2004 by G. Bains
3.0 out of 5 stars Historically interesting, but...
...how successful have the Chinese really been at the art of war? Not very, quite the opposite actually (Vietnam handed them their asses on a platter). Read more
Published on Dec 10 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible translation of a most important work...
Indeed, I am heartened to read one reviewer lambasting the general critical acceptance of "The Art of War" as "flowery". Read more
Published on Dec 7 2003 by Adrian Jenkins
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