The Art of War

The Art of War

Paperback Penguin Classics

By (author) Tzu Sun

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 213mm x 28mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 29 March 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140439196
  • ISBN 13: 9780140439199
  • Edition statement: Deluxe ed.
  • Sales rank: 164,709

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For more than two thousand years, Sun-tzu's "The Art of War" has provided leaders with essential advice on battlefield tactics and management strategies. 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, eminent scholar, John Minford brings this seminal work to life for today's readers. Capturing the literary quality of the work, Minford presents the core text in two formats: first, the unadorned ancient words of wisdom ascribed to Sun-tzu; then, the same text with extensive running commentary from the canon of traditional Chinese commentators. A lively, learned introduction and other valuable apparatus round out this authoritative volume.

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Sun Tzu was the author of The Art of War, an immensely influential ancient Chinese book on military strategy (for the most part not dealing directly with tactics). He is also one of the earliest realists in international relations theory. John Minford has translated many works from the Chinese, including two volumes of the Penguin Classics edition of Cao Xueqin's eighteenth-century novel The Story of the Stone. He is co-editor of the landmark anthology of translations Classical Chinese Literature.

Review quote

"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