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The Art of War is the Swiss army knife of military theory--pop out a different tool for any situation. Folded into this small package are compact views on resourcefulness, momentum, cunning, the profit motive, flexibility, integrity, secrecy, speed, positioning, surprise, deception, manipulation, responsibility, and practicality. Thomas Cleary's translation keeps the package tight, with crisp language and short sections. Commentaries from the Chinese tradition trail Sun-tzu's words, elaborating and picking up on puzzling lines. Take the solitary passage: "Do not eat food for their soldiers." Elsewhere, Sun-tzu has told us to plunder the enemy's stores, but now we're not supposed to eat the food? The Tang dynasty commentator Du Mu solves the puzzle nicely, "If the enemy suddenly abandons their food supplies, they should be tested first before eating, lest they be poisoned." Most passages, however, are the pinnacle of succinct clarity: "Lure them in with the prospect of gain, take them by confusion" or "Invincibility is in oneself, vulnerability is in the opponent." Sun-tzu's maxims are widely applicable beyond the military because they speak directly to the exigencies of survival. Your new tools will serve you well, but don't flaunt them. Remember Sun-tzu's advice: "Though effective, appear to be ineffective." --Brian Bruya --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
"The Art of War is among the greatest classics of military literature ever written. Sun Tzu warfare is as applicable today as when the book was written some 2,500 years ago....Pick up The Art of War and read it."--General A.M. Gray, Marine Corps Gazette
Very sparse translation! I got this for a college class, and thankfully I had another version. There's no translator credited, or publisher outside of "Black and White... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Serena
Decent book. I wouldn't tear it off of the shelf to recommend it but it contains some interesting information especially for leaders.Published 3 days ago by Sean
I would have liked for the shirt to be all cotton, and a heavier weight.Published 3 days ago by TLee
Not bad, not bad. When I saw this book I just had to buy it, I have to admit that I am amazed, heard about it thousand times and later when I read it I found out that this book is... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Vincent Dier
This is a classic of Strategy and Leadership. The book offers great insight and wisdomPublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
Very complex, but makes some very good common sense not just in war, but in life itself.Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
It is a little difficult to read however, it does make some interesting observations.Published 5 days ago by George S.