Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The Art of War by Sun Tzu - Classic Collector's Edition: Includes The Classic Giles and Full Length Translations Paperback – June 1, 2009
|New from||Used from|
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Sun Tzu's Art of War just got better. The Illustrated Art of War enlivens Thomas Cleary's complete translation, including commentaries, with full-color reproductions of paintings and statuary from China and Japan. Talk about martial art--these depictions show full battles scenes, the Chinese god of war, weaponry, processions--even an ancient map. --Brian Bruya --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
From Publishers Weekly
This new translation of the ancient Chinese military treatise includes chapters of historical analysis touching on its relevance to today's corporate environment.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Discover books for all types of engineers, auto enthusiasts, and much more. Learn more
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top customer reviews
This edition is filled with gramatical errors, and it looks like someone used their digital camera from 2005 for copying.
You get what you pay for, sure. But I still expected someone to have spell checked it before printing
I am a fan of Sun Tzu Art of War and try to read it every year. Amazingly its wisdom is still very relevant in today modern world even after over 2500 years. Conflicts and little wars are waged daily in our lives. Its a battlefield whether in the office, business, relationship or sports. Verses in the book occur in modern life.
"If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat"
This has been concised to modern Chinese proverb 知己知彼，百戰不殆。 (Zhī jǐ zhī bǐ, bǎi zhàn bù dài.)
If you know both yourself and your enemy, you can win numerous (literally, "a hundred") battles without jeopardy.
and some of my personal notes on SunTzu
"When the enemy is relaxed, make them toil. When full, starve them. When settled, make them move."
"In conflict, straightforward actions generally lead to engagement, surprising actions generally lead to victory."
"Thus those skilled in war subdue the enemy's army without battle .... They conquer by strategy."
"In war, numbers alone confer no advantage."
"To ... not prepare is the greatest of crimes; to be prepared beforehand for any contingency is the greatest of virtues."
"What is of the greatest importance in war is extraordinary speed: One cannot afford to neglect opportunity."
I personally recommend it to those who are in business to at least give this one a read and see how some of the strategies might help formulate and lay down plans moving forward.
I found it free on amazon and of course, I downloaded it. Boy! Am I glad I did.
The beginning was a bit scary for me. Let me not spoil it for you, but if you read it, you will understand why.
For those on business, get this right: if the vision and mission of the organization are clear, but the members or employees are not acting accordingly, the leadership is to blame, and MUST be FIRED, or maybe worse...
It does not matter as both are the same type of writing...that of Sun Tzu....and extremely important for us Westerners to know about.
To the Asian mind bent on war and winning: a promise means nothing. Winning is everything and the devious Asian mind has patience, has zeal, has a whole different set of values from that of the Westerner with our sense of "honor." If we have given our word, a promise to what has been agreed, we feel "honorbound" to follow through on it.
The Asian mind would not, for example, take time off in World War II for Christmas as a time not to fight. The Asian mind would not comprehend this.
If the goal is to win, ruthlessness is considered honorable. Winning is what it is all about and the Japanese at the end of World War II are a good example. Having "lost face" at that time, they turned to business, entrepreneur-ship, if you wish to call it something....and determine to "win the war of business."
They succeeded immeasurably. They started with textiles as the least costly materials (cotton) and cheap labor. Once they acquired the capital, they put their money into developing transistors....remember the first transistor radios?
Eventually even one with the name General Electric (if you looked inside, it said "Made in Japan."
Next they used the capital gained from these world-wide sales to develop television sets.
Next they went into the computer business.
Somewhere in this mix they developed cars totally superior to our American planned-to-rust-out cars and no longer did our cars not start or fall apart in a short time. We have only our American businessmen to thank for their poor quality and cutting corners in quality.
The Art of War.......an invaluable read....by everyone. Now.
Most recent customer reviews
Id heard a lot of this book and glad I finally gave it a read.