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    DescriptionFrom antiquity, the history of China has been marked by invading tribes, warring states, and popular uprisings. This heritage of conflict produced a body of martial literature exploring the fundamental principles of warfare and their methods of employment. Fully aware of the tragic consequences of battle, the authors of these texts emphasized that bloodshed and war should be avoided whenever possible. But, they argued, this is possible only when the principles of leadership and strategy have been mastered and the dynamics of conflict thoroughly analyzed. Over the centuries, these texts have been studied throughout Asia, not only by generals on the battlefield but by leaders of all kinds concerned with the management of human conflict in all its forms.The Essence of War presents eight of these classics (written from 500 B.C.E. to 700 C.E.), including Sun-tzu's Art of War and Sun Pin's Military Methods. The book introduces the core principles of Chinese military science, grouping selected passages and key quotations into five thematic sections encompassing forty-one topical chapters: Fundamentals, Tao of Warfare, Tao of Command, Tactical Essentials, and Tactical Specifics. Translator Ralph D. Sawyer provides here a concise introduction to Chinese military thought and influential materials not only of traditional import, but also for contemporary study and enduring value in both business and military circles throughout the world.


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    Title
    The Essence of War
    Subtitle
    Leadership and Strategy from the Chinese Military Classics
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ralph D. Sawyer
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 136 mm
    Height: 208 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 440 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780813390499
    ISBN 10: 0813390494
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    LC classification: U101 .E87 2004
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    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    The Perseus Books Group
    Imprint name
    Westview Press Inc
    Publication date
    12 May 2004
    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.
    Review quote
    "This important book is an introduction to some of the most profound insights into the human condition and into the nature of power."