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Sun Tzu's Art of War: The Modern Chinese Interpretation

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  • Posted August 25, 2009

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    Translation of the Art of War with commentary

    Sun Tzu was ancient China's most renowned general. His classic text on strategy survived through the centuries and is still as applicable to war, politics and economics today as it was when Sun Tzu first drafted it. Many translations of Sun Tzu's manuscript are available, but this one is both attractive and focused. General Tao Hanzhang supplements the actual text with his commentary. Since he spent his entire professional life as a soldier, his interpretation makes Sun Tzu's guidance more applicable to contemporary situations. Thoughtful questions follow each brief chapter in this pocket-sized book. Though many readers have determined that aspects of this work are highly useful in business, some may find that translating military strategy to corporate life is too laborious, or may feel that Sun Tzu focuses their attention on conflict between businesses without addressing production issues or consumer needs. getAbstract thus recommends this immortal title to patient readers and to those interested in strategy in the broadest sense.

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  • Posted August 13, 2009

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    A book that helped shape the world

    One of the oldest and probably one of the most historically relevant books on warfare, The Art of War, was a huge influence on shaping the Eastern world. The philosophy taught is the positioning of soldiers and how to react quickly to the changing environments of the battlefield -- where, of course, the uncertainty of combat requires a soldier to not only make quick decisions, but the right counter strike. Fail, and you may lose your life. Too many mistakes, and you may lose the war. The book is divided into 13 chapters and depending on the translation gives the names.............This book has so much cultural relevance that anything I write won't give it the praise it is due...or describe just how important it was in shaping modern warfare. So, all I can say is just read it and find out for yourself what all the fuss is about. Another book I would highly recommend is Clarence Cage's modern classic on war: Ashes Divide

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