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    The Art of War (Penguin Classics) (Paperback) By (author) Tzu Sun, Translated by John Minford, Introduction by John Minford

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    DescriptionFor 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 presents 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.


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    Title
    The Art of War
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Tzu Sun, Translated by John Minford, Introduction by John Minford
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 131 mm
    Height: 193 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 262 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780143105756
    ISBN 10: 0143105752
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: JW
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: PHI019000
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2GDC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27400
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T General Subject: 520
    DC22: 355.02
    BISAC V2.8: HIS008000
    Ingram Theme: CULT/CHINES
    Ingram Subject Code: PH
    B&T Approval Code: A10250000
    BISAC V2.8: TEC025000, PHI003000
    B&T Approval Code: A44091000
    LC classification: U101 .S93213 2009
    LC subject heading: ,
    BIC subject category V2: 2GDC
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027060
    Thema V1.0: JW, QDTS, TTM, NHW, NHF, JWK
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    PENGUIN CLASSICS
    Publication date
    03 September 2009
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Little is known about Sun Tzu (544-496 B.C.) and his life during the Warring States period after the decline of the Zhou dysnasty, but his classic, The Art of War, has been one of the central works of Chinese literature for 2500 years. John Minford (editor/translator) studied Chinese at Oxford and at the Australian National University and has taught in China, Hong Kong, and New Zealand. He edited (with Geremie Barme) Seeds of Fire: Chinese Voices of Conscience and (with Joseph S. M. Lau) Chinese Classical Literature: An Anthology of Translations. He has translated numerous works from the Chinese, including the last two volumes of the Penguin Classics edition of Cao Xueqin's eighteenth-century novel The Story of the Stone and the martial-arts fiction of the contemporary Hong Kong novelist Louis Cha.