Sun-Tzu

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The most widely read military classic in human history, newly translated and revised in accordance with newly discovered materials of unprecedented historical significance. Fluid, crisp and rigorously faithful to the original, this new text is destined to stand as the definitive version of this cornerstone work of Classical Chinese. Of compelling importance not only to students of Chinese history and literature, but to all readers interested in the art or the philosophy of war. ...
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Overview

The most widely read military classic in human history, newly translated and revised in accordance with newly discovered materials of unprecedented historical significance. Fluid, crisp and rigorously faithful to the original, this new text is destined to stand as the definitive version of this cornerstone work of Classical Chinese. Of compelling importance not only to students of Chinese history and literature, but to all readers interested in the art or the philosophy of war.

The most widely read military classic in human history, this work has been the seminal guide on the philosophy of war for two millenia. But in 1972, Chinese archaeologists unearthed a cache of manuscripts, and scholars found five hitherto unknown chapters. This edition is the first English translation to take advantage of the newly discovered materials. 8-page photo insert.

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Library Journal
This is an essential text for any library with a research collection in Chinese history and philosophy, as it is the first translation of the military/philosophy work Sun-tzu ping fa to incorporate the five chapters unearthed by archaeologists in 1972 at Yin-chueh-shan in Shantung province, China. It is also the first English translation to use the 13-chapter version of Sun-tzu found in that same dig dated 1000 years prior to previously available texts. The translator, who heads the University of Hawai'i's Center for Chinese Studies, provides an elucidating introduction to the text, the excavations, and the authorship of Sun-tzu and describes its import as a philosophical text. The translation adds the romanized form for certain key translated terms, which some readers may find intrusive. Some of the translated fragments are so brief as to be impenetrable, but their inclusion results in a level of completeness never before reached in a translation of Sun-tzu. Since there was frequent mention of this book as Gordon Gekko's primer in the film Wall Street , there may be popular interest in it as well.--Ed.-- D.E. Perushek, Univ. of Tennessee Libs., Knoxville
Roland Green
This new translation of the classic ancient Chinese treatise on strategy incorporates material discovered since the early 1970s as well as an extensive scholarly apparatus putting the work in the context of Chinese philosophy and history. Both old and new material have the same thrust: war is a risky and expensive business, and the virtuous ruler ought to be as prudent about waging it as circumstances permit. Many of the work's maxims reflect common sense (or, in view of the weight of historical evidence, sense one wishes were common), and many more reflect an extremely sophisticated approach to psychological warfare. Indispensable for any military or Chinese studies collection, either to replace or supplement S. B. Griffith's translation of 1963.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345362391
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/1993
  • Series: Classics of Ancient China Series
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 396,353
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 3
The "New" Sun-tzu 3
Archaeology: A Revolution in the Study of Early China 9
The Excavation at Yin-chueh-shan 13
The "One or Two 'Master Suns'" Debate 16
Sun Wu as a Historical Person 32
The Reconstructed Sun-tzu: The Art of Warfare 36
Analysis of Sun-tzu: The Art of Warfare 39
Wisdom and Warfare 39
The Classical Chinese World View: The Uncommon Assumptions 43
Some Classical Western Assumptions: A "Two-World" Theory 45
Some Classical Chinese Assumptions: A "This-World" View 49
Centripetal Harmony and Authority 64
Warfare as the Art of Contextualizing 67
Strategic Advantage (shih) 71
Strategic Advantage (shih) and Strategic Positioning (hsing) 82
According with the Enemy (yin) 83
An Attitude Toward Warfare 85
The Exemplary Commander 87
Foreknowledge (chih) 89
Introduction to the Translations 97
Sun-tzu: The Art of Warfare: A Translation
Sun-tzu: Part I
The Thirteen-Chapter Text 101
Ch. 1 On Assessments 102
Ch. 2 On Waging Battle 106
Ch. 3 Planning the Attack 110
Ch. 4 Strategic Dispositions (hsing) 114
Ch. 5 Strategic Advantage (shih) 118
Ch. 6 Weak Points and Strong Points 122
Ch. 7 Armed Contest 128
Ch. 8 Adapting to the Nine Contingencies (pien) 134
Ch. 9 Deploying the Army 138
Ch. 10 The Terrain 146
Ch. 11 The Nine Kinds of Terrain 152
Ch. 12 The Incendiary Attack 164
Ch. 13 Using Spies 168
Sun-tzu: Part II
Text Recovered from the Yin-chueh-shan Han Dynasty Strips 173
1 The Questions of Wu 174
2 [The Four Contingencies] 178
3 The Yellow Emperor Attacks the Red Emperor 182
4 The Disposition [of the Terrain] II 186
5 [An Interview with the King of Wu] 190
Sun-tzu: Part III
Text Recovered from Later Works 197
1 A Conversation between the King of Wu and Sun Wu 199
2 Sun Wu Discusses the Commander 225
3 Sun Wu Discusses Deploying the Army 235
4 The Prognostications of Sun-tzu 239
5 Sun Wu Discusses the "Eight-Division Formation" 243
6 The Classic of the Thirty-two Ramparts 247
7 Han Dynasty Bamboo Strips from Ta-tung Country 249
8 Miscellaneous 255
Appendix 261
Background to the Excavation at Yin-chueh-shan 261
Dating the Tombs and Identifying the Occupants 266
The First Published Reports 268
The Bamboo Strip Manuscripts and Their Dates 271
Notes 277
Bibliography of Works Cited 305
Index 311
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    Not what you think

    This isnt a book of Sun tzu's teachings with an explanation of them. Its a book that talks about the new texts that were found and how they relate to the other texts and Chinese culture. And its not that interesting.

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