- Paperback: 68 pages
- Publisher: Filiquarian; First Thus edition (November 7, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1599869772
- ISBN-13: 978-1599869773
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3,991 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Art of War was written over 2,300 years ago in what is now North China. Yet it still remains a contemporary lesson on how to attain victory without going to battle. Modern-day warriors find its ancient strategies helpful regardless of whether the conflict dwells in the boardroom or the bedroom. Despite numerous references to enemies, generals, and armies, The Art of War is about nonaggression. At its core, The Art of War offers a sophisticated lesson on "taking whole," meaning staying openhearted and relaxed in order to sidestep a fight--whether you are a field commander, a CEO, or a frustrated mother putting a resistant son to bed. This particular translation comes from the Denma Translation Group, led by scholars Kidder Smith and James Gimian (publisher of Shambhala Sun magazine). Because of the text's obscure wording (even the Chinese find the original document cumbersome), the translators have inserted helpful commentary that removes some of the linguistic barriers. --Gail Hudson --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
From Publishers Weekly
Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way Sun Tzu's The Art of War is undisputedly one of the bestselling leadership books of all time. This new translation by the Denma Translation GroupAled by Kidder Smith (Sung Dynasty Uses of the I Ching), an Asian studies expert at Bowdoin College, and James Gimian, publisher of the Shambhala Sun magazineAhelps bridge the gap between the ancient Chinese oral tradition and today's modern reader. It's supplemented with essays and commentary that demonstrate just how much this message of victory without aggression still resonates with how we conduct all aspects of our lives today.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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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...
Two quotes to give a flavor of the book:
"All warfare is based on deception."
"Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting."
I highly recommend this book, but not this specific edition, which appears to use the Lionel Giles translation without bothering to credit Mr. Giles (deceased he may be, but he deserves acknowledgment). Moreover, the edition lacks an introduction to provide historical context, and the ninth chapter has been moved forward without explanation.
His battles depended on mostly tactics based on what the weather conditions were, and what form of territory and environment you're in, and to ration your army's energy during a battle, and when to fight and when not to. (It's a damn good thing that Hitler didn't do his homework on this.)
And basically show that the rules of war is, was, and always will be, BS.
His tactics are still put to good use even to this very day, thou it's original intention was for future wars, but it's put into practice for other means. For instance, football coaches, company managers, even the great Bobby Fisher took a few tips from this guy's book.
So in retrospect, technology and engineering may have completely obliterated the dynamics of the rules of war, but the art is still the same.