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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Chartwell Books; Bilingual edition (April 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785829229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785829225
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

About the Translator:James Trapp took his degree in Chinese at SOAS, University of London, specializing in Bronze Age art and archaeology and early Buddhist sculpture. He currently works part time coordinating the China schools' provision at the British Museum, and also as a consultant supporting the integration of China studies into the UK school curriculum.About the Translator:James Trapp took his degree in Chinese at SOAS, University of London, specializing in Bronze Age art and archaeology and early Buddhist sculpture. He currently works part time coordinating the China schools' provision at the British Museum, and also as a consultant supporting the integration of China studies into the UK school curriculum.

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Customer Reviews

The cover is beautiful, and the book is great quality.
kaizenn
I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a very knowledgeable and wonderfully crafted book.
Jaime Norris
I have always wanted to read this book and now I cant put it down.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A. Chow on August 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I picked this hardcover up at a B&N on impulse because it was on sale and I thought the traditional binding was gorgeous. When I flipped through I was surprised by how good the translation was! This isn't just a beautiful coffee-table book to set down and never open. The translation sold me. I can read literary Chinese, but I'm much faster in English. For the general idea, I read the English text. When I want to understand nuances and details, I read the Chinese text. I love having both side-by-side. I think the translation is fantastic, and the translator made some great choices and explains them well.

ETA: I am somewhat confused by some of the reviews, as they mention commentaries interspersed with the text. What commentaries? The version I have (a gorgeous hardbound book with red lacing on the spine) is just the most widely-accepted Chinese text from the Song dynasty on the left pages, and the corresponding translation in English (not commentary, just translation) on the right. When I clicked on the "look inside" preview Amazon offers, I was shocked. That's not the book I hold in my hands; but the ISBN I keyed in brought me here! Amazon has mixed two completely different editions together.

For the record, I highly recommend the new translation from Chartwell Books Inc with the traditional Chinese binding and two languages on mirrored pages.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tinfoot TOP 100 REVIEWER on March 12, 2014
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Purchased this book for a teenager with the typical "video game attention span", who came across Sun Tzu's name while watching a History Channel series. He became intrigued with the application to his RTS multi-player games, and wanting to encourage any form of reading, especially one of classic thought, I bought this particular edition for the dual Chinese/English texts (he doesn't read Chinese, but I do). The Chinese text is in Mandrian simplified.

I am very impressed with the quality of the cover and binding, a luxurious feel and presentation. I have personally owned various editions, both in English and Chinese (simplified, long form, and classical grass writing), with and without the myriad of commentaries, and the texts usually had been so densely printed that is at times very hard on the eyes.

This edition does away with the following generations of addendum, keeping the matter close to the original interpretations in a clear, well formatted page and faithful English translations. In fact, when I quizzed him a few days later on a few aspects of Sun Zu's thought, this teen, who couldn't otherwise stand reading a paragraph, responded accurately and with comprehension.

That alone is worth 5 stars.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Timothy L Gress on May 12, 2013
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I would recommend this book to anyone interested in Chinese culture, military history, or business management. This was a unique edition with the traditional Chinese bindings and the inclusion of the original Chinese translation.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Carlos Lopez on April 7, 2013
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One of the best books every written. Sun Tzu philosophies can be applied in everyone's life. Love, the Chinese binding.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Karrie on July 24, 2013
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This book is more like a piece of art than a book. The pages are simply beautiful, the craftsmanship is outstanding.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By christopher hays on November 15, 2013
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Fantastic book, contents and the beautiful design, red rope binding really gives it a unique look. Perfect for a coffee table when you want to catch some quick inspiration.

Highly recommended for the quality of workmanship, as well as the contents therein.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Wendorf on November 16, 2013
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I've always wanted to read the Art of War, so I finally got myself this copy of this classic work. The content is great and the binding is indeed unique and very high quality.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jaime Norris on December 23, 2013
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I purchased this book for my boyfriend. When I received it, I opened it and the hard cover was absolutely gorgeous. I loved the fact that the book was in Chinese with English subtitles. My boyfriend was so happy to get the book, that he began to read it immediately. He finished the book in half a day. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a very knowledgeable and wonderfully crafted book.
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