The Art of War

The Art of War

By (author) Sun Tzu , Translated by Thomas Cleary


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Conflict is an inevitable part of life, according to this ancient Chinese classic of strategy. As a study of the anatomy of organizations in conflict, this work applies to competition and conflict in general. Its aim is invincibility, victory without battle, and unassailable strength through understanding the politics and psychology of conflict.

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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 104 x 168 x 18mm | 117.93g
  • 07 Feb 2005
  • Shambhala Publications Inc
  • Boston
  • English
  • 1590302257
  • 9781590302255
  • 6,199

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The warrior-philosopher and master strategist Sun Tzu, about whom little is known, compiled "The Art of War " more than two thousand years ago. Legend has it that he was known for the brilliant campaigns he led around the time of Confucius. His work was memorized and passed down orally, before eventually being copied onto bamboo strips and passed around.

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A "Washington Post " best-seller "Absorb this book, and you can throw out all those contemporary books about management leadership."— "Newsweek" "A breast-pocket favorite of many commanders and U.S. Marines."— "Christian Science Monitor " ""The Art of War " soon could join Machiavelli's "The Prince " as required reading in the executive suite."— "USA Today "

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Helps the reader apply the principles of military strategy to all challenges and conflicts of life.

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Unlike the description states, this is not a 2005 publication but a 1988 one. Nevertheless, this book is a classic and it's very good. I specially like that the translator has included different commentaries (from different ancient chinese authors) on each of Sun Tzu's more
by Rafael Valente