The Art of War

The Art of War

The Essential Translation of the Classic Book of Life


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$15.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143105756
  • 384 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • 18 and up

Overview

For more than two thousand years, Sun-tzu’s The Art of War has provided leaders with essential advice on battlefield tactics, managing troops and terrain, and employing cunning and deception. An elemental part of Chinese culture, it has also become a touchstone for the Western struggle for survival and success, whether in battle, in business or in relationships. Now, in this crisp, accessible new translation, John Minford brings this seminal work to life for today’s readers. Capturing the literary quality of The Art of War – its lucid, epigrammatic, almost poetic style – as well as its philosophical and strategic content, Minford present the core text in two different formats. First, the unadorned thirteen chapters allow readers to form their own first impressions of the ancient words of wisdom ascribed to Sun-tzu. Then the same text appears with extensive running commentary from the canon of traditional Chinese commentators and others, providing context and subtext to the work. A lively, learned introduction, chronologies, suggested readings, and other valuable apparatus round this authoritative volume. Even those readers familiar with The Art of War will experience it anew, finding it more fascinating – and more chilling – than ever.
The Art of War

The Art of War

Sun-tzu, Introduction by: John Minford, Editor: John Minford, Translator: John Minford

Praise

“The strategic advice that [The Art of War] offers concerns much more than the conduct of war. It is an ancient book of proverbial wisdom, a book of life.” (John Minford, from the Introduction)

Table of Contents

The Art of WarAcknowledgments
Introduction
A Note on the Text
Suggestions for Further Reading
A List of Chinese Commentators
Cronologies
Dyanasties
Historical Events

The Art of War
Chapter 1: Making of Plans
Chapter 2: Waging of War
Chapter 3: Strategic Offensive
Chapter 4: Forms and Dispositions
Chapter 5: Potential Energy
Chapter 6: Empty and Full
Chapter 7: The Fray
Chapter 8: The Nine Changes
Chapter 9: On the March
Chapter 10: Forms of Terrain
Chapter 11: The Nine Kinds of Ground
Chapter 12: Attack by Fire
Chapter 13: Espionage

The Art of War with Commentary
Chapter 1: Making of Plans
Chapter 2: Waging of War
Chapter 3: Strategic Offensive
Chapter 4: Forms and Dispositions
Chapter 5: Potential Energy
Chapter 6: Empty and Full
Chapter 7: The Fray
Chapter 8: The Nine Changes
Chapter 9: On the March
Chapter 10: Forms of Terrain
Chapter 11: The Nine Kinds of Ground
Chapter 12: Attack by Fire
Chapter 13: Espionage

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