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ISBN-13: 978-1936041756 ISBN-10: 1936041758
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Editorial Reviews

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"As a reflection of the Chinese mind, this little work is as relevant as any Confucian classic."--The Times (London)

"Shows managers how to be fearless in resolving conflicts."--Boardman Reports

"A brief tract on strategy that has been admired in China for centuries. Some of Mao Tse Tung's most eloquent thoughts are merely rehashes of Sun Tzu and his interpreters."--The Los Angeles Herald Examiner

"Samuel Griffith's original and scholarly translation of The Art of War shows how good scholarship can make an easily readable translation that is much more useful to modern readers." --The Philadelphia Inquirer

About the Author


The late Samuel B. Griffith is the author of The Battle for Guadalcanal and the editor and translator of Mao Tse-tung: "On Guerilla War."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 62 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Brown (May 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936041758
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936041756
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #299,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By nelhew on December 22, 2011
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I expected "the art of war" book, this is not the book, this is the notes added to the book. I wouldn't have bought it if I knew.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Man of La Book on June 28, 2012
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The Art of War by Sun Tzu is an ancient Chi­nese mil­i­tary trea­tise. The book, a clas­sic within the sci­ence of mil­i­tary stud­ies is only attrib­uted to the high rank­ing gen­eral and was believed to have been com­plies dur­ing the last spring and autumn of the War­ring States period(either 476 BC or 453 BC).

I first heard of The Art of War by Sun Tzu when I was in the mil­i­tary. I heard of the book in pass­ing and read a bit more about it when I got home, but never picked up a copy until sev­eral years later.

The first thing which struck me was how short the book was, but the more I read, the more I real­ized the wis­dom behind the book. The sec­ond, third, forth and more I read this book I stopped for con­tem­pla­tion about what Sun Tzu's words mean to me, how I imple­mented his advice both in the mil­i­tary and out­side of it and the mis­takes I made, how can I learn from them and if I will repreat them again.

But The Art of War is more than just about war. The book is about every strug­gle or con­fronta­tion, whether exter­nal or inter­nal. I can cer­tainly see how the advice applies to ancient war­fare, but when ana­lyzed, the book can apply to pol­i­tics, busi­ness and more.

Sun Tzu under­stood, as any great leader/manager that the lead­ers set the tone and spends much of the book dis­cussing those qual­i­ties. This is true in any orga­ni­za­tion, the sergeants will treat the sol­diers the way the pla­toon leader treats them, who treat the sergeants the way the cap­tains treat them, etc. Mid­dle man­age­ment will treat their employ­ees the way upper man­age­ment treats them - so sim­ple, yet so profound.

How­ever, the part that really struck home, for me, was when Sun Tzu speaks about know­ing your­self and your enemy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lois on March 28, 2013
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This book contains only Sun Tzu's original thoughts on war and does not have any comentary added about his observations. It does not paraphrase or compare it to business models or any other inspirational theme. I enjoyed the plain information and reading this man's observations and deductions about how to win a war was very interesting and gave me lots of insights into humans and war.

Quite recommended just for the concepts provided.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Calvin on January 19, 2013
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I can't tell you how frequently I lost upwards of 100,000 men in battle, that is, until I read this book. I was frequently losing men to fatigue, and simply not controlling my army effectively. After purchasing, my victory rate has increased significantly, and I am a much more trained war general. Very good day-to-day read for prospective buyers who control armies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DragonTa2 on April 23, 2012
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Though it may be the quintessential book for the military student and solider it's relevance can not be ignored. This book was written so long ago and in a language so difficult to translate its almost impossible to fully understand. That being said this version is very well done. The translations are done without embellishment with the commentary following each chapter. The basic principals of displine, organization, proper planing, intellengace, and even misdirection can be applied in may different fields of work. I highly recommend this book as an addition to anyone's personal library. You don't have to be a West Point cadet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Soyt on December 27, 2013
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This book is a classic, and full of wisdom. If I were you, I'd pay another $3 and get a decent cover and translation--this one had misspellings and incomplete sentences. If you just want the text, you can read this for free online.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura M. Rowell on April 4, 2013
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This is not the full book. It's only excerpts & that's not what I was looking for. For the price I expected the full book,
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carl Larsen on June 11, 2013
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How on earth are all the other people giving this book 5 stars??? Surely they have not opened it, they probably just bought it to leave it on their coffeetable to impress their friends. Well, the cover does look nice, but if you actually OPEN it you'll rapidly see that

1. There is NO forward, author info, translation notes or any other content. Not even an Index.
2. Numerous mispelling and even missing text.
3. Page titles at top are both the name of the book instead of chapter. Very useful. (Sarcasm)

I bought 4 copies in order to give my friends. I will be giving these to Goodwill and buying a different version.
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