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The Art of War (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) [Hardcover]

Sun Tzu , Dallas Galvin , Lionel Giles
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Sept. 20 2004 Barnes & Noble Classics
The Art of War, by Sun Tzu, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics:
New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences—biographical, historical, and literary—to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.
“A clever fighter is one who not only wins, but excels in winning with ease.” So wrote Sun Tzu 2,500 years ago, and kings, soldiers, and statesmen have been turning to the Chinese master for his astute observations ever since.

Sun Tzu’s incisive blueprint for battlefield strategy is as relevant to today’s combatants in business, politics, and everyday life as it once was to the warlords of ancient China. The Art of War is one of the most useful books ever written on leading with wisdom, an essential tool for modern corporate warriors battling to gain the advantage in the boardroom and for anyone struggling to gain the upper hand in confrontations and competitions.

Here Lionel Giles’s famed 1910 translation, laced with commentary from illustrious Chinese experts, is brought up to date with relevant quotations from Western writers and thinkers. This new edition offers Sun Tzu’s timeless classic, both with and without annotation, making it more accessible to aspiring leaders and military strategists than ever before.

Dallas Galvin, a writer and journalist specializing in international affairs and the arts, has reported on military affairs in Latin America and Asia and produced documentaries for the NATO Alliance.

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"The most useful and important book ever written for aspiring leaders."
--Toronto Sun Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Here is a seminal work on the philosophy of successful leadership that is as applicable to contemporary business as it is to war. James Clavell has taken a 1910 translation and clarified it for the contemporary reader. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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.
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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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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Art of War May 22 2013
By Sean
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The Art of War by Sun Tzu

Written in the 6th century B.C., The Art of War remains the ultimate guide to combat strategy. Sun Tzu explains when and how to engage opponents in order to prevail in difficult situations. Instead of describing the logistics of warfare, he shows the reader how to succeed by motivating soldiers and leveraging tactical advantages. In short, he explains how to win the battle of wits. Though it was written for the battlefield, The Art of War contains valuable advice for other endeavors as well. Tzu's work has been lauded by sports coaches, business executives, and other leaders of the 21st century. This edition contains the translation of Lionel Giles, widely considered the most faithful and authoritative translation.
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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 100 REVIEWER
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 Applicable on more than just the battlefield April 8 2004
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 workplace, in school, or on the battlefield. This is the only translation I have read, and it is easy to understand without being boring, so I assume that it is a good translation. A very useful and interesting book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should know about Sun Tzu...
I take a star off because, frankly, alot of the geography/history is a bit too arcane for the Western reader.
But it's a great book nonetheless.
Published on Oct. 29 2003 by J. Kowalski
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic translation
This is the classic translation by Lionel Giles, formerly of the British Museum, of Sun Tzu's great military treatise. It includes numerous footnotes and explanatory notes. Read more
Published on Feb. 10 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Not just instructional
I read this book out of pure interest. While the book's main purpose was to instruct on the proper actions involved in warfare, it really does portray war as an art. Read more
Published on July 18 2001 by Linds
4.0 out of 5 stars War, not business.
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Published on Feb. 25 2001 by B. Kalafut
5.0 out of 5 stars A timeless classic that has practical application
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Published on Feb. 20 2001 by Joanna Daneman
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