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The Art of War: (Miniature book) Hardcover – Unabridged, July 29, 2003

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About the Author

Ralph D. Sawyer, one of America’s leading scholars in Chinese warfare, has worked extensively with major intelligence and defense agencies. After studying at MIT and Harvard and a brief stint of university teaching, Sawyer has spent the past thirty years lecturing and doing international consulting work focused on China.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press Miniature Editions; Min edition (July 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762415983
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762415984
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 3.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #447,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Stratiotes Doxha Theon VINE VOICE on December 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is *the* classic work on military theory and practice. There is no rival so compact and yet complete. It should be required reading and understanding for any member of the armed services and for all Amazon reviewers.

Personally, I prefer the Giles translation (0486425576) but I had to comment here to counter some of the unstudied comments made to date. In the case of Sun Tzu, smaller is better. Other translations are packed with the commentary of people trying to explain what Sun Tzu meant. It is far better to study Sun Tzu and think for yourself first, then see what others had to say. Try not to overanalyze too soon or you will miss the simple yet profound insight of this most brilliant of military thinkers.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jon F on May 27, 2006
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i admit my initial reaction to the compact little package i received was skeptical at best. When i saw the beautiful, imposing cover and the superb quality i was, at first curious as to why such detail and attention had been put into such an inconsequential-seeming item.

I was a fool.

Like the wisdom contained within, the size of this book is itself a hidden treasure.

After reading the reviews here, i see that most people fail to grasp the true wisdom of this masterpiece. This is not a book of war, it is a book of relationships in ANY form. The people who dismiss the references to weapons as outdated fail to see that the "weapons" that dull are not swords or pikes, but patience, attention, concentration and motivation. Had our government heeded this advice in the war in Iraq we would have been long done there. Long, drawn out wars, fought afar are unsustainable and a war cannot be run as a peaceful endeavor.

I guess the subtleties are lost on some people. Read it, read it again and then re-read it. Perhaps you will begin to see it in a broader light than simply a guide to ancient warfare.

And therein lies the wisdom of its small size. It fits so nicely in my shirt pocket that I will have it with me for a long time. At least until i have it memorized. Then i will be able to incorporate Sun Tzu's wisdom into all my interactions and achieve victory in every battle i enter.

For those of you who fail to see the wisdom of this great work there are some other wise words you may want to consider...

"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt."
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Adam I. Arshansky on March 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Alot of the important writings were left out of this book. It was a bad idea not to read the review before buying.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Reader on November 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a tiny book (1" by 1") with an abridged version of the text. This was not evident from the description. It would be a good Christmas stocking stuffer but was not useful as a textbook.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By George Meyers on April 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Good book: I had read this book many years ago and it actually has applicability in many competitive situations other than warfare.

Poor BOOK: Unless you are a very small person skip the black book with red and white lettering. It is only about 3 inches high with teeny-tiny lettering. Upon receipt, it went quickly to my circular file and I am now ordering a real, full sized copy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gregory V. Parham on February 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Sure, this is the renowned Art of War, but it needs clarification that this edition of it is a miniature book.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Uzi Amit-Kohn on August 31, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The book is, of course, a great classic and a historicly significant treatise, which requires no review. One could just as soon "review" Clausewitz or Thucydides.

This particular edition, however, is too small to be convenient. The print is tiny to the point of near illegibility and although I normally read all but the smallest print with my own unaided eyes, this volume required reading glasses. What is more, the attempt to put it all into a tiny "pocket size" volume, makes the reading cumbursome, requiring the page to be turned after every two or three sentences.

This was one of the very few times I've regretted purchasing a book on Amazon. Had I been able to look it over in a book store, I would never have purchased the book in this edition, but would have found a more user-friendly edition to buy and to read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Mcqueston on November 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book measures 3"x2.75" It's just too small to be comfortable read.
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