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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
What do Tony Soprano and Gordon Gekko have in common?
A. They are successful leaders
B. They are fictitious characters
C. They have been involved in illegal activities
D. They quote The Art of War by Sun Tzu
E. All of the above
Both the HBO character Tony Soprano and the Wall Street maverick played by Michael Douglas expounded on the wisdom found in The Art of War by Sun Tzu. Reading this short book will provide you with interesting quotes at cocktail parties, such as "In peace prepare for war, in war prepare for peace."
As you may be aware, The Art of War is not a recent edition to Amazon's list; it missed Amazon by 25 centuries. It is, however, a favorite of many contemporary executives who believe that its lessons on strategy and tactics of warfare may be applied metaphorically to business situations. In addition, since it is read and studied in Asia, it is thought by many to provide insight into eastern thought and philosophy, especially in business competition.
As a reference for leaders, it provides timeless advice for dealing with conflict, especially in competitive situations. For example it provides advice to:
End conflicts quickly: "In all history, there is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare."
Conduct research thoroughly: "The general who wins a battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought."
Build Esprit de Corps at all levels of the organization: "He will win whose army is animated by the same spirit throughout all its ranks."
Beware of five leadership faults: recklessness, cowardice, delicacy of honor, hasty temper, and over solicitude for subordinates.
By the way, the correct answer is "E".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just as Valid Today Sept. 13 2013
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This book is just as valid today as when it was written so many years ago. If you want to take control of your life and be the best you can be then this book is for you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Art of War. Invaluable strategy book Nov. 16 2012
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Small book, but crammed full of strategies that are still valid, thousands of years after they were written.
Clavell's version is my favourite, having read a couple of other versions. Business is war, and this will help with either.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be misinterpreted with War, Tact. Jan. 3 2002
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
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 The definitive guide to warfare. Sept. 5 2000
This book is simply legendary. Why? Something legendary is something that lasts forever. Now, The Art Of War was written by Sun Tzu in about 500BC, and guess, it's still applicable today. The book is divided into thirteen chapters, each explaining every topic on warfare, from laying plans to tactical dispositions and the use of spies. The foreword by James Clavell is very sharp and strong, appropriate to this book. You pretend that a book written in 500BC has many diffucult and not-still-in-use words, but it hasn't! It is so clear that seems simply too easy to understand. Many of the great generals of all time have read it, including the Chinese warriors, the Japanese shoguns, Julius Caesar and Napolean Bonaparte. If I was prime minister I would have made this book obligatory for students of all military warfare with an exam passmark of 95%, because simply, if you know it, you'll win. This is a great book from a great philosopher and it's well worth reading.
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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 Perfection
Fast shipping. Good quality. I recommand this seller. As for the book, everybody with a little autority should read this book!!!
Published on July 11 2010 by Nicolas Morin
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 A play only for pros
The Art Of War, divided in 13 small chapters and in richly illustrated edition,is the second most important book ever written on how to wage a successfull war, only losing the... Read more
Published on April 23 2004 by Roberto P. De Ferraz
5.0 out of 5 stars Tactics to out maneuver
Good book possibly something for everyone maybe even pacifists. This is the only edition I've read and thought Mr. Clavell did a fulfilling job with the translation. Read more
Published on March 28 2004 by George Williams
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent If Read Historically; Terrible For Business
As an exposition on Chinese General Sun Tzu's ideas of fighting, "The Art of War" is an excellent source to use to look upon the spirit of ancient Chinese war. Read more
Published on Dec 27 2003 by Matthew K. Minerd
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book but the practice is a bit silly...
The invention of the atom bomb and many other new technologies have pretty much had an impact on the philosophy of this book but it is still a good read. Read more
Published on Dec 11 2003 by retype
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
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