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    DescriptionThe Art of War is almost certainly the most famous study of strategy ever written and has had an extraordinary influence on the history of warfare. The principles Sun-tzu expounded were utilized brilliantly by such great Asian war leaders as Mao Tse-tung, Giap, and Yamamoto. First translated two hundred years ago by a French missionary, Sun-tzu's Art of War has been credited with influencing Napoleon, the German General Staff, and even the planning for Desert Storm. Many Japanese companies make this book required reading for their key executives. And increasingly, Western businesspeople and others are turning to the Art of War for inspiration and advice on how to succeed in competitive situations of all kinds. Unlike most editions of Sun-tzu currently available (many simply retreads of older, flawed translations), this superb new translation makes use of the best available classical Chinese manuscripts, including the ancient "tomb text" version discovered by archaeologists at Linyi, China. Ralph Sawyer, an outstanding Western scholar of ancient Chinese warfare and a successful businessman in his own right, places this classic work of strategy in its proper historical context. Sawyer supplies a portrait of Sun-tzu's era and outlines several battles of the period that may have either influenced Sun-tzu or been conducted by him. While appreciative of the philosophical richness of the Art of War, this edition stresses Sun-tzu's practical origins and presents a translation that is both accurate and accessible.

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    The Art of War
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sun Tzu, Translated by Ralph D. Sawyer, By (author) Tzu Sun
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 210 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 470 g
    ISBN 13: 9780813319513
    ISBN 10: 081331951X

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    BIC subject category V2: KJC, HB
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    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: U101.S95 1
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027000
    LC classification: U101 .S95 1994
    Thema V1.0: DNL, NH, KJC, JWK
    Illustrations note
    maps, diagrams
    The Perseus Books Group
    Imprint name
    Westview Press Inc
    Publication date
    11 February 1994
    Publication City/Country
    Boulder, CO
    Author Information
    Ralph D. Sawyer, one of America's leading scholars in Chinese warfare, has worked extensively with major intelligence and defense agencies. After studying at MIT and Harvard and a brief stint of university teaching, Sawyer has spent the past thirty years lecturing and doing international consulting work focused on China.
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    Robert L. O'Connell, author of Arms and Men: A History of Warm Weapons, and Aggression "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."