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Sun Tzu: The Art of War (Restored Translation) Paperback – May 6, 2009
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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.
A tour de force. Sawyer puts this most famous of the classic Chinese military writings into context and shows that Sun-tzu was not just a solitary genius, but the product of a remarkably rich martial culture.”
Robin D.S. Yates, Burlington Northern Professor of Asian Studies, Dartmouth College
I am convinced that this translation will prove to be the definitive edition for many years to come.”
Arther Ferrill, author of The Origins of War: From the Stone Age to Alexander the Great
Fills a serious gap for anyone interested in the history of ancient warfare a fascinating book.”
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
The translation I read had way too much commentary inserted throughout the text, making it difficult to get into the rhythm of the book.
And obviously, the translations that survived are incomplete. Chapters appear to be missing entire sections, there is much that is desultory and even contradictory (especially the many chapters and sections on terrain) and even more that is simply obvious, even in the era these writings were thought to be composed.