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The Art of War Hardcover – 2001

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Chinese --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 378 pages
  • Publisher: MetroBooks (NY); 1st edition (2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586635603
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586635602
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #892,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By boogiemonster on July 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Before buying this book, I reccommend you go to search engine like Google.com and type in "Art of War Sun Tzu." You will find the body of the famous doctrine easiliy. Read it over, and if you are still interested, then buy the book to have as a reference (in order to really learn this stuff you will have to read it repeatedly) and to learn about the historical background. It is very interesting if you are into this stuff, but if you are just looking for a good summary and general idea, go to the web.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Matt Bryant on July 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Sun Tzu's Art of War, written approximately twenty centuries ago, is the first recorded study of military strategy. In my opinion, the Art of War is the most famous and influential book ever written on the subject of military strategy. Its age and the fact that it is still in print and still used lends it significant credibility in the area of warfare. Sun Tzu in my opinion was a great military strategist. Quite possibly he was the best the world has ever known. It is important to note that some historians believe that Sun Tzu never actually existed, or perhaps Sun Tzu was an alias. Some historians believe that Sun Tzu may not have played a significant role as a military strategist; it is possible that he was overshadowed by more important figures.
I read the edition that was translated by Ralph D. Sawyer, and I thought his work was excellent. The book flows very well and for the most part easy to read. Sawyer wisely informs the reader that each chapter should be evaluated on its own and to keep in mind how the chapters relate to one another.
Those who read it may find useful information that they can relate to in their own lives, however, one must be cognizant that not all concepts would be practical. Perhaps, the results of applying certain concepts specified in this book in everyday situations could be detrimental or even disastrous, for example in a work environment. After reading his book I learned that Sun Tzu's strategies are not only useful to military strategists they can also be used by entrepreneurs, in competitive sports, or any adversarial type situation. In fact, some Japanese businessmen are required to read this book due to its wealth of information and advice on competitive situations.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Hansen on August 3, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This translation is a very nice one. The translation errs on more words rather than more and the added verbiage makes it easier to understand, especially for people, like myself, who might be new. The actual translation is found towards the end of the volume and comes with many notes, some for the newbie and some for the scholar. The beginning of the book has a very lengthy explanation of war and the times when this text was written to help the reader understand the text in context. I haven't ofund that to be as interesting but the price is nice and the translation is well done and easy to understand and get meaning from. I would recommend this to nayone wanting to get into this volume. The only thing I would have preferred would be to get the text and notes without the lengthy historical background in a smaller paperback version.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Milo and Otis fan on March 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Ralph Sawyer's new translation of one of the greatest classics of military strategy and history not only provides the reader with a simple translation of "The Art of War", but also includes a 162 page long introduction that includes a helpful chronology, note on the translation, detailed historical backround covering Chinese military strategy and history during Sun-tzu's time, and information about the life of Sun-tzu and his legacy. Also, detailed notes for both the introduction and the actual text of "The Art of War" are included. In addition, a glossary and index, as well as many maps, illustrations, and military diagrams are included in the book.

"The Art of War" is integral to the library of anyone interested in military history or strategy, and this new edition is a great way to experience this classic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mike Sarringar on June 23, 2003
Format: Audio Cassette
This book on tape pays for itself in creative thinking and inspiration. It gives you a fresh look at the your business information. Each time I listen I pickup something new, or create a new view of the same old information. I have already used some of the ideas in my presentations and blew the audience away.
If there was ever a book that needs to be read by a salesman, this is it!
Thank you Ralph D. Sawyer
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Randy Cook on June 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This translation of Sun-Tzu's classic, 'The Art of War', is very well written. Let me preface this review by stating that I am not a scholar of ancient Chinese literature and history. This book has been on my 'must read' list for years and I have finally able to check it off.

This book opens with a long and in-depth explanation of the history of China, and the three major powers at the time. An history of Sun-Tzu is also included along with the different viewpoints on Sun-Tzu. This opening to the book can get a little tedious and slow in points, but it does help to bring the reader into the time period of the author and shed some light on the subject.

I found the translations to be well written and enjoyable. Not being an expert in the field I can not comment on the accuracy of the translations. However, for the average reader this translation is very good.
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