One Hundred Unorthodox Strategies: Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Competitor

One Hundred Unorthodox Strategies: Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Competitor


Edited by Ralph D. Sawyer


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  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 149mm x 224mm x 17mm | 421g
  • Publication date: 1 June 1998
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0813328616
  • ISBN 13: 9780813328614
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: chronology, index
  • Sales rank: 1,739,955

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One Hundred Unorthodox Strategies was compiled in the fifteenth century, during the Ming Dynasty, as a handbook of tactics based on Chinese military classics. Translated into English for the first time, this unique work draws on over two thousand years of experience in warfare to present a distillation of one hundred key strategic principles. Originally prepared as a text for students aspiring to high political positions in Confucian China, One Hundred Unorthodox Strategies is a compendium of Oriental strategies concisely stated and each individually illustrated with a description of battle from Chinese history. These historical examples shed new light on the often enigmatic formulations of the ancient strategists on subjects such as Strategic Power, Defense, Vacuity, Spirit, and Victory. Acclaimed translator and Chinese military specialist Ralph Sawyer adds his own thoughtful commentary, deepening the reader's understanding of the intricacies of Chinese strategic thought.

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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.