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The Art of War [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Sun Tzu , David Warrilow , Thomas Cleary

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Book Description

Feb. 12 2008
Compiled more than two thousand years ago by a mysterious warrior-philosopher, The Art of War is still perhaps the most prestigious and influential book of strategy in the world. As a study of the anatomy of organizations in conflict, The Art of War applies to competition and conflict in general, on every level from the interpersonal to the international. Its aim is invincibility, victory without battle, and unassailable strength through understanding the physics, politics, and psychology of conflict. This translation features Sun Tzu's original text in its entirety along with commentary from classical Chinese military thinkers.

1 CD, 1 hour.  Abridged (Contains the full text of The Art of War, and an abridged commentary)

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Shambhala Audio; Unabridged edition (Feb. 12 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590305477
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590305478
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 14.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 100 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #392,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Thomas Cleary’s translation of Sun Tzu’s two-thousand-year-old Art of War makes immediately relevant one of the greatest Chinese classical texts. Absorb this book, and you can throw out all those contemporary books about management leadership.”—Newsweek

About the Author

The warrior-philosopher and master strategist Sun Tzu, about whom little is known, compiled The Art of War more than two thousand years ago. Legend has it that he was known for the brilliant campaigns he led around the time of Confucius. His work was memorized and passed down orally, before eventually being copied onto bamboo strips and passed around.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but there are better translations April 30 1997
By A Customer
I agree with fellow reviewers that this is a
classic for any situation or need... However,
given Cleary's history of mistranslations (such
as The Book of the Five Rings) I believe that
a translation from a modern author of Chinese origin (maybe even another westerner- but I doubt it) who is fluent in both English and Chinese would fare better with readers. (I've seen one - unfortunately I forgot the author's name)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The classic discourse on power July 4 2004
I'd recommend this book to anyone who seeks a greater understanding of how individuals and organizations function. The Art of War is ideal for those who seek self mastery while developing the ability to overcome one's opponents.
Whether in a military, business or personal context, this work transcends all others in its modern day applications. Various chapters discuss the cultivation of alliances, sensing vulnerabilities within your enemies and knowing when to attack.
The most helpful chapters deal with assessing one's own ability under varying conditions. I found the Thomas Cleary addition to be the most concise translation. This book will help one to become more sensitive and aware of their surroundings and more adaptive to change.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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To me, this common English edition of "The Art of War" is very useful and comprehensive, because it immediatiately brings to my attentions and gives precise theses about the concept of planning and military strategem.

Needless to say, Mr. Cleary did a good job for making "the Art of War" as much plain as possible! Thanks!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Should have bought the book Sept. 4 2002
By J. West
Format:Audio Cassette
This tape is difficult to listen to. The presentation just isn't good. The information seems valuable, but was hard to follow while listening in the car.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Art of War--The essential divorce manual Dec 18 2001
By A Customer
SunTzu's advice regarding preparation and how to be prepared for attack before it comes got me through my divorce with more confidence and less anxiety. I've also found it to be a helpful survival guide for a hostile workplace.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Abridged to Death Sept. 17 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
This was a well-spoken, well read and nicely translated version of Sun-Tzu's master piece. It also is too short. I felt that since it was so cheap it probably was a good value, but I also have to convey my sense of disappointment in its length and depth. Would I buy this had I heard it once? No. But now that I do own it, I will listen to it many, many times.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Art of War for Women, Too
As an astrologer, metaphysician and VisionCoach, I have been recommending this book to my clients, most of whom are women and most of whom would never have considerd reading such a... Read more
Published on Sept. 2 2001 by Nancy R. Fenn
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but lacking.......
It had an interested spin on the original text, but failed to really bring it together. It wasn't horrible, but definetly not great. Read more
Published on Aug. 29 2001 by jd
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Applicable In All Ways In Life
The Art of War is much more than just a military/business strategy book. There are a great many passages within the book, that can apply to basic every day life. Read more
Published on April 16 2001 by Scott DuBreuil
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE FOR EVERY LIBRARY
I have been a fan of this book for years, it is clear and to the point. This pocket version makes it simple for me to always carry a copy with me. Read more
Published on July 6 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Read, treasure, and refer to this book often
If you're into martial arts, business, military, or even interpersonal strategy, this is a book you should read right away. Read more
Published on Aug. 23 1998 by Jake Hester
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I have ever read....
One of the best books I've read and continue to use as a reference is The Art of War. This ancient text written by Sun Tzu on war is now used by business men throughout the world. Read more
Published on Sept. 26 1997 by dragon@kungfu-wusu.com
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