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The Art Of War [Paperback]

Sun Tzu
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November 7, 2007
Twenty-Five Hundred years ago, Sun Tzu wrote this classic book of military strategy based on Chinese warfare and military thought. Since that time, all levels of military have used the teaching on Sun Tzu to warfare and cilivzation have adapted these teachings for use in politics, business and everyday life. The Art of War is a book which should be used to gain advantage of opponents in the boardroom and battlefield alike.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 68 pages
  • Publisher: Filiquarian (November 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: 1599869772
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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207 of 223 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor translating and copy editing. May 21, 2008
By Virtus
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The translation is clumsy and needs improvement. Copy editing is sloppy. Numerous typos, misspellings, punctuation, and format errors. Serves as a cheap option, but would not recommend it for anyone seeking a quality copy to add to their collection or library.
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196 of 213 people found the following review helpful
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This edition was published by Filiquarian Publishers and from a publishing perspective, this book appears to have been designed in a basic Word processing program. Shoddy, shoddy, work. Lacks creative design, weak choice of fonts, inconsistent spacing, erroneous punctuation symbols, etc. Additionally, one of the chapters was out of order. I'm speculating that the publisher didn't know how to read roman numerals and therefore placed the chapter incorrectly, and if they did, and there was a purpose for this, it should have been addressed in the non-existent introduction. The content of the book is fine, just buy an edition by a an established publisher rather than someone working from their basement.
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71 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic on the priciples of war May 4, 2008
Format:Paperback
This ancient classic of 13 chapters was written over 2,500 years ago by the legendary Chinese general Sun Tzu. It is a must have for military buffs that enjoy reading about the tactics of the most succesful generals. It is rumored that Napoleon used a French translation of the Art of War to his advantage while conquering most of Europe, and he lost when he broke its principles.
The principles that are with in this ancient text can also be used in games of strategy, business conflicts, and the day to day battles of life.
Here are ten principles to give you a sample of the wisdom found in its pages:

Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance with out fighting.

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.

Spies are the most important element in war, because upon them depends an army's ability to move.

All warfare is based on deception.

The general who wins a battle makes many calculations before the battle is fought.

There is no instance of a country having benefited from a prolonged war.

The clever combatant looks to the effect of combined energy, and does not require too much from individuals.

In war, the way is to avoid what is strong and to strike at what is weak.

When you surround an army, leave an outlet free. (So they can retreat).

Move not unless you see an advantage; use not your troops unless there is something to be gained, fight not unless the position is critical.

Taken as a whole this is a book of wisdom and principles on how to win. I rank it in my top ten books I have ever read. It is a must have for any home library. The is a very small book that is quick and easy to read.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT THE REAL BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! August 26, 2009
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WHAT A RIP OFF!!!!!! they should call it spark notes on the art of war.
this is not the book written by sun zu! It is only someones notes on the art of war.
If you want to read the art of war this is not the book you want to get.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Published Before Ready March 11, 2009
Format:Paperback
This book unfortunately seems to have been published before it was ready, as other reviewers also note.

The elementary error on the Table of Contents page (with Chapter IX [9] appearing between Chapter IV [4] and Chapter V [5]) suggests no professional proofreader or editor involved. The other spelling, grammatical, and content errors that appear in the text suggest that the material is a largely unchanged Project Gutenberg text file: [...]

All in all, the publisher should really release a second edition that fixes the myriad easy to find errors. Particularly since this book is obviously selling well and the publisher ought therefore have the funds with which to do so.

In the meantime, a comparable edition at the same price (but properly proofread and corrected) is the Pax Librorum edition: The Art of War which is fully downloadable/previewable via a PDF eBook at the publisher's website. Or just about any other one from more well-known and established publishers.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant November 28, 2007
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Basic and Brilliant. About 70 pages. Small and thin. Took me less than 20-25 minutes to fully read. Has different strategies, laying plans, maneuvering, attack...Contains everything one could need to know about the 'Art of War'. Though I ended up finding the whole thing online but if you want the book then here it is, cheap.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as Profound as You Think April 17, 2008
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If you know anything about the Art of War it's from quotations taken out of context that seem to say something and seem to be profound. The idea is that actual war is a metaphor for the conflicts that one encounters in life and that the advice and tactics are just as applicable.

Not really.

This is a book about medieval Chinese warfare and by and large most of it is about precisely that, maybe ninety five percent. If you want to find out how to get good at business, read a business book. And if you want to get good at life, maybe get a self-help book. If you are mostly interested in the history of the era, this is it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I expected May 9, 2010
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I may have ordered the wrong version of this book because it was not at all what I expected.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read. It was very informative.
Published 10 days ago by Demetri
1.0 out of 5 stars The book is just like a child's comic book but without pictures
If you want to study Sun Tzu's philosophy this is not the book to order. The worst translation I've ever seen.
Published 1 month ago by Susan Swansrest
3.0 out of 5 stars Recommended reading that shouldn't be ... there are far better...
The book was described in enough detail that I knew I was ordering the exact edition that I needed and the condition was exactly what I was looking for in a book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John R.
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great how-to manaual this is!
Life handing you nothing but lemons? Need to get the upper-hand? Eager to learn how to walk that fine line that makes the difference between winning or losing? Read more
Published 2 months ago by Deb
2.0 out of 5 stars The Art of War
It's an interesting book that was written in something like 1400 BC. This is considered a loose translation of the original and has been condensed down into basic understandings... Read more
Published 4 months ago by kathryn hatch
3.0 out of 5 stars Recommended Reading
Kind of a dry read for my taste but with good content. Many items are there for review and application to extended ideas.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars You have to read it
This is the book people leaving the comfort of home to go into the real world. This book is where military and industry management education begins the world over. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jesse E. Shaw
2.0 out of 5 stars DUMB
Great if you want to read one passage a day. It might be cheaper to buy a WU-TANG cd and listen to one song a day.
Published 4 months ago by The mirror
4.0 out of 5 stars This book illustrates a lot of fundamental aspects of how to conduct a...
This book illustrates a lot of fundamental aspects of how to conduct a operation, I thought the concepts were true and basic. Read more
Published 4 months ago by alan
5.0 out of 5 stars DUDE!? its Sun Tzu
One of best books ever written for strategy construction, for an ever growing number of applicable battlefields.
War is HELL..and has been for long before, Sun Tzu.. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dremple
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