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The Art of War

By (author) Sun Tzu , By (author) Tzu Sun , Translated by Thomas Cleary

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Here is a seminal work on the philosophy of successful leadership that is as applicable to contemporary business as it is to war. James Clavell has taken a 1910 translation and clarified it for the contemporary reader.

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  • Paperback | 174 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 16mm | 220g
  • 26 Oct 1989
  • Shambhala Publications Inc
  • Boston
  • English, Chinese
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0877734526
  • 9780877734529
  • 249,735

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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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"Thomas Cleary's translation of Sun Tzu's 2,000-year-old "The Art of War " makes immediately relevant one of the greatest Chinese classical texts. There's not a dated maxim or vague prescription in it. 'To win without fighting is best, ' Sun Tzu said. For him, war was coeval with life. Absorb this book, and you can throw out all those contemporary books about management leadership."-- "Newsweek"

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A mini-sized translation of the 2000-year-old Chinese classic on stategy, whose ideas, which are as applicable to individuals as to whole armies, are just as relevant today as they were then - although more often applied to management or politics than to warfare. There are maxims and analysis on any topic a corporate warrior could ponder, including strategic assessment, doing battle, planning a siege, terrain and even the use of spies. A timeless gem. (Kirkus UK)

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

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