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The Art of War unknown Edition

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

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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; unknown edition (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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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Brief, interesting read!
Every politician and business and military leader should give this work consideration.
If I could, I would send a copy to the White House.
I doubt it would be read though.
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Great read didn't get first 3x I read but when actually get into to it it makes sense and is awesome must read. Either this paper pack or that hard copy which like a bible has all kinda books written inside and hard copy well over 1000 pages easily huge wanna good read get that one like $60-$80 worth then read paper back explains the art and paper breaks it down like dummies for the art of war I'm disabled long and short term memory y had read. So much. But I retained it finally well most part. But if not into all that reading which I've had over a ur and not even half way done get paper back it maybe 100or so pages. Easy read. Took me an 1-1/2 to read and I don't really read so easy to read over and over so I can remember it. Something everyone needs to read regardless of life job or religion.
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This book is OK. Font is large enough and reading is easy. I guess I got spoiled because I had a different version of the book with Samuel B. Griffith, but gave it away a few years back in a "purge" of my shelves. I shouldn't have let that one go: it's a gem. All you get with this one is the bare-bones translation of the script. It is, however, much less expensive. I am glad I read the other book I mentioned with the background material and analysis. The original script is an ancient writing, in Chinese, and a little difficult to understand without some background or comment. I suggest that if you want to understand the meanings of Sun Tzu more fully, buy the other book.
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