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Product Details

  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; a edition (July 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1448672570
  • ISBN-13: 978-1448672578
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,602,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Zhao An Xin Is One Of The Worlds Leading Minds On Strategy And Human Effectiveness. He Created The First English Translation Of Thick Black Theory and maintains http://www.thickblacktheory.net and http://www.athenianarts.com

More About the Author

Zhao (Jon) Anxin is one of the worlds leading authorities on Strategy, Power, and Personal Growth.

He has lived in Asia for the past 15 years, in India, China, South Korea and Thailand and studied Taoism and internal martial arts at Wudang Mountain in China.

He currently resides in Myanmar and maintains The Art Of War / 4 Element archives at http://www.EarthWaterFireAir.com

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jason Webber on September 3, 2010
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This book is a vanity press job--and a bad one. Like, really bad. You know you're in trouble when you are reading the back cover and there's a looming typo and capitalization error staring you in the face. And this is even before opening the book.

As far as the content is concerned, there's something very off about this so-called "first English translation." For one thing, it's tough to determine where the author's voice ends and the translation of the original document begins. Additionally, this book literally contains typos on every page--big ones. Couldn't the author even use a spell check??

Finally, there is something fishy about this entire project. The author's pen name is Asian, yet the photo on the back and a quick trip to his website ([...]) indicates that he is an Anglo-Saxon male with a pierced ear. Further research indicates his real name is Jonathan and he lives in the Midwest...but on his website, it says he currently lives in China! Plus, his bio on the website says he is one of the world's most acclaimed experts on personal development, etc. Yet a simple Google research reveals literally nothing about the guy.

I'm giving this review TWO stars because beyond the fraudulent authorship, the amateur-hour book production, and the third grade-level writing...there ARE some useful, interesting philosophies presented within. Think of it as The Art of War on steroids. Not a philosophy for the peace-n-love crowd. This is about conquering and vanquishing.

A few interesting ideas, but the outrageous sticker price certainly does not justify the shoddy product.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By TEDDO-KY on November 25, 2010
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It might be a good translation, I don't read Chinese, but it is difficult to understand. That doesn't mean that I am unlearned or stupid (ZAX web-blog). It is the presentation of the material that is lacking. The print font is for the visually impared. A feeble attempt to make the book seem bigger. I thought Thick Face, Black Heart (CNC) was a superior book. Having read both books, I'm entitled to my opinion.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Liam on November 19, 2010
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I read this book because it was mentioned in my edition of Te Art of War as being a great contemporary book on stragegy. It has some cool bits, one or two stories and quotes but it is so poorly translated as to be almost unreadable, and it references many old Chinese legends that I have absolutely no knowledge of. The final chapter is basically a re-hash of the Art of War.

Given how expensive it is, don't bother buying it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bo zhou on October 25, 2012
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Mr. Zhao An Xin's English is so poor he apparently doesn't know the difference between translation and quotation. The book is filled with, "Li Zongwu said ..." and "Zongwu said ...". Does that sound like a translation of Li Zongwu's book?!

The book is filled with typos and errors of all sorts. In fact, the very first historical story Mr. Zhao told in this book was wrong and he contradicted himself in the very next paragraph. With every page the writing gets more and more incoherent.

On the positive side, Mr. Zhao may indeed be a good student of Thick Black Theory. At least the thick part. Who else would have skin thick enough to publish a book in such poor English?!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mikeymikeproductions on October 18, 2012
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I read this book, and sent it back. It is a useless piece of garbage that makes very little sense. I subscibed to the author's mailing list And some of the stuff he sent me sounded more like a four year old's fantasy. He is going on a secret mission to Burma, The cia uses him for missions, you get the drift. Also, he is caucasian.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lyciscus on January 28, 2012
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This is a dreadful "translation" if you can even call it a translation. What a waste of paper. I do hope someone publishes the real deal.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marcel on January 22, 2012
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"What an utterly, dramatically lousy translation. I wonder if it is any better in Chinese... (I wish I mastered Chinese.)"
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By Omar on November 19, 2013
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Thank you Mr Jon Anxin for accurate Translation
This book

Although this book is short and many examples
written may appear well known as the original writter from an old generation
But very Recommended for those he seek indepth understanding to TBT and have many worth lived by Quotes

I do not reveiw books but trust me it is worth it
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