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The Art of War Paperback – September 15, 1971
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"The Art of War is among the greatest classics of military literature ever written. Sun Tzu warfare is as applicable today as when the book was written some 2,500 years ago....Pick up The Art of War and read it."--General A.M. Gray, Marine Corps Gazette
"As a reflection of the Chinese mind, this little work is as relevant as any Confucian classic."--The Times (London)
"Westerners have dozens of books to choose from if they want to learn about Japanese philosophy and military tactics....But when the Japanese, especially those in business, want information on the subject, many turn to an ancient Chinese, not Japanese, military manual, The Art of War....Shows managers how to be fearless in resolving conflicts."--Boardroom Reports
"Shows managers how to be fearless in resolving conflicts."--Boardroom 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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Pg. 6 (actually page 3) "While heading the profit of my council..." The word is "heeding." Almost certainly an English as a second language translator who didn't run this by a decent editor. Yeah, yeah, I know, they know English better than I know Chinese, but I'm not trying to sell my knowledge of Chinese.
This version has many comments on certain sections, mainly in trying to interpret. And sometimes they contain an interesting war stories. I found it pretty captivating (I finished the book in less than 2 days) although I would like to read it again without all the comments because I feel that they are too distracting from the actual words of Sun Tzu.
The book itself is beautiful, has a really nice dust jacket. However the illustrations make no sense of placement. In this book you'll basically receive Sun Tzu, with comments, and random almost unrelated pieces of Chinese art. This is the main reason why I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. If the illustrations blended better with the book it would definitely be a solid 5 stars. But all in all don't let that keep you from buying the book! It's great and I can see myself reading it again and again the ought my life. It really helps you think, and you may even be surprised like I have to find that some of his teachings came natural to you!
Mostly on the part where Sun Tzu says to use any advantage you can get, specifically I was able to use someone's temper against them in a competition to compensate for the skill imbalance (something Sun Tzu would promote)
Simply all I had to do was stall and taunt until my friend got frustrated and started making mistakes, and I was able to beat him. He called me a coward for it and said that everyone knew he was really more skilled than me. And yes it's true that if everything was on his terms I would of lost miserably. But that's what Sun Tzu teaches us, fight on your terms, use your advantages, and punish your opponent for his weaknesses.
I think you may be surprised how many teachings from this book you have already seen in your life as well. And if not seen already, they can surely be applied. Buy this book!
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