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.
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--Dalton Fury, New York Times bestselling author of Tier One Wild
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--Captain Dale Dye, USMC (Ret.)[Refers to ISBN 978-0985536275] "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." SantayanaGarner's translation of Sun Tzu's Art of War takes centuries old wisdom and puts it into a format that is clear and concise.This book isn't just about war, however. It is about human behavior and is therefore applicable to many aspects of everyday life.I commend Ranger Garner on his efforts to preserve yesterdays knowledge by making it accessible to today's reader.
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--Adagio PressISBN 978-0985536275 (edited by William Garner) is THE only version of The Art of War you should consider. It is the smart, sleek 13 original sermons by those who were known under the single name of Sun Tzu. This work has been edited over 2,500 years, and it still seems the same. That is because the original words were nearly perfect. Garner has updated to units and some wording to modern conventions, making it even more easier to understand. Thank you, Ranger Garner.
--A USSOCOM Instructor
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