The Art of War

The Art of War

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Written in the 6th century BC, Sun Tzu's The Art of War is a Chinese military treatise that is still revered today as the ultimate commentary on war and military strategy. Focussing on the principle that one can outsmart your foe mentally by thinking very carefully about strategy before resorting to physical battle, this philosophy continues to be applied to the corporate and business world.

Sun Tzu's timeless appraisal of the different aspects of warfare are laid out in 13 chapters, including sections on 'Laying Plans', 'Waging War' and 'Terrain'. Words that are as resonant today in every aspect of our lives as they were when he wrote them.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 111 x 178 x 7mm | 70g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 9780007420124
  • 295

About Sun Tzu

Thomas Cleary earned his Ph.D. in East Asian studies at Harvard University and is renowned for his translations of classic Chinese, Japanese, Sanskrit, Pali and Arabic religious texts. His translations include the bestselling The Art of War, The Essential Tao, The Essential Confucius, The Essential Koran, and The Secret of the Golden Flower. He lives in Cambridge, MA.
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3.97 out of 5 stars
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2 6% (24,350)
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Our customer reviews

This book is a great, simple and good translation of the rules of war that the original author has shared with his followers and the upcoming generations. This man has put so much thought and genius in his warring ways that I am in awe just by reading what he's chosen to share. Current day rules can't even compare to this work. This special edition has the rules, divided as everyone knows them. No additional commentaries. Standing after the guidelines for being a great warmaster is a good linguistic note on the different meanings of some words through the book. It's small and reasonably easy to read, but understanding it would take some more time. At least for me is needs a lot of more
by Anita N.
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