The 36 Secret Strategies of the Martial Arts: The Classic Chinese Guide for Success in War, Business and Life

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The 36 Secret Strategies of the Martial Arts is a collection of ancient Chinese maxims that encapsulate some of the Far East's most cunning tactics for battle and deception. Each of these strategies represents a distilled nugget of Chinese wisdom. In the early 1980s, Hiroshi Moriya, an acknowledged authority on Chinese culture and philosophy, published a book in Japanese in which he analyzed and explained these strategies; then he used examples from ancient and recent history to further elucidate their meaning. ...
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The 36 Secret Strategies of the Martial Arts is a collection of ancient Chinese maxims that encapsulate some of the Far East's most cunning tactics for battle and deception. Each of these strategies represents a distilled nugget of Chinese wisdom. In the early 1980s, Hiroshi Moriya, an acknowledged authority on Chinese culture and philosophy, published a book in Japanese in which he analyzed and explained these strategies; then he used examples from ancient and recent history to further elucidate their meaning. Now, renowned translator William Scott Wilson makes The 36 Secret Strategies accessible to today's reader with his new English translation of both the Chinese maxim itself and Moriyas interpretive work.

The volume is organized into six parts (Strategies for Victory in Battle, Strategies for Engaging the Enemy, Strategies for Attack, Strategies for Confused Fighting, Strategies for Unified Battle and Strategies for a Lost Battle) with six chapters in each. Many of the ideas presented will be familiar; but Wilson makes their meaning even more readily understandable by assigning short, pithy titles to each of the thirty-six chapters: Borrow a Sword to Make Your Kill, If You Want to Take It, Leave It Alone, Stir Up the Water, Catch the Fish, Send Them to the Roof, Remove the Ladder, and so on.

While these strategies offer a look into the past, they are even more valuable to todays reader for providing insights into contemporary China. And, like such other classics as The Book of Five Rings and The Art of War, The 36 Secret Strategies gives the businessman, the diplomat, the politician, the military strategist, and the sports competitor keys to understanding, interpreting and countering the actions of even the most daunting opponent.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9784770030641
  • Publisher: Kodansha International
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 5.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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HIROSHI MORIYA is an authority on Chinese culture and philosophy who, for the past 50 years, has devoted himself to explaining the Chinese to the outside world. He has written over 70 books on China (in Japanese), and from the late 1940s has visited China more than 50 times.

WILLIAM SCOTT WILSON is the bestselling translator of Hagakure, The Book of Five Rings and other classic titles, as well as the author of The Lone Samurai, the biography of the legendary samurai swordsman Miyamoto Musashi.

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Table of Contents

Foreword William Scott Wilson Wilson, William Scott 7

Introduction 11

Opening Remarks: Anchor on Reality 15

Pt. I Strategies for Victory in Battle 19

Strategy 1 Obscure Heaven, Cross the Sea 21

Strategy 2 Surround Wei, Help Chao 27

Strategy 3 Borrow a Sword to Make Your Kill 33

Strategy 4 Await His Tired Steps at Your Leisure 39

Strategy 5 Take Advantage of the Fire to Plunder the Goods 47

Strategy 6 Be Heard in the East, Attack from the West 53

Pt. II Strategies for Engaging the Enemy 59

Strategy 7 Create Existence from Nonexistence 61

Strategy 8 Cross Over to Ch'en Ts'ang in the Dark 67

Strategy 9 On the Distant Shore, Watch for Fire 73

Strategy 10 Conceal a Sword Behind a Smile 79

Strategy 11 Sacrifice the Peach to Secure the Plum 85

Strategy 12 Lead Away the Sheep When Conditions Are Right 91

Pt. III Strategies for Attack 95

Strategy 13 Beat the Grass, Surprise the Snake 97

Strategy 14 Borrow the Corpse, Revive Its Soul 101

Strategy 15 Pacify the Tiger Then Lead It From the Mountain 107

Strategy 16 If You Covet It, Leave It Alone 113

Strategy 17 Cast a Brick, Pull in Jade 119

Strategy 18 To Catch a Thief, Catch His King 125

Pt. IV Strategies for Ambiguous Situations 131

Strategy 19 Pull the Firewood from under the Kettle 133

Strategy 20 Disturb the Water, Grab the Fish 139

Strategy 21 The Golden Cicada Sheds Its Shell 145

Strategy 22 Bar the Door, Grab the Thief 151

Strategy 23 Befriend Those at a Distance, Attack Those Nearby 157

Strategy 24 Borrow a Road, Attack Kuo 161

Pt. V Strategies for Unified Battle 167

Strategy 25 Steal the Beams, Replace the Pillars 169

Strategy 26 Point to the Mulberry, Berate the PagodaTree 173

Strategy 27 Feign Stupidity, Do Not Be Injudicious 179

Strategy 28 Send Them to the Roof, Remove the Ladder 185

Strategy 29 Make the Flowers Bloom on the Tree 193

Strategy 30 Quit as Guest, Take Over as Host 199

Pt. VI Strategies for a Lost Battle 205

Strategy 31 The Strategy of the Beautiful Woman 207

Strategy 32 The Strategy of the Empty Fortress 213

Strategy 33 Create a Rift 219

Strategy 34 The Strategy of Self-Injury 225

Strategy 35 The Strategy of Links 231

Strategy 36 Retreat Is Considered the Best 237

Notes 243

Bibliography 255

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