The Art of War: New Translation (Fall River Press Edition)

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An illuminating new look at the classic primer on warfare. Distinguishing itself from many previous versions, this contemporary translation of Sun-Tzu's landmark text acknowledges the work first and foremost as a masterpiece of military strategy. Translator Ralph Sawyer provides the most detailed introduction and commentary yet offered on the text, its author, and his age. Get inside the head of Sun-Tzu, and find out which significant historical battles influenced his thinking. Sawyer's exhaustive biographical ...

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Overview

An illuminating new look at the classic primer on warfare. Distinguishing itself from many previous versions, this contemporary translation of Sun-Tzu's landmark text acknowledges the work first and foremost as a masterpiece of military strategy. Translator Ralph Sawyer provides the most detailed introduction and commentary yet offered on the text, its author, and his age. Get inside the head of Sun-Tzu, and find out which significant historical battles influenced his thinking. Sawyer's exhaustive biographical research helps you separate the myth from the elusive man himself. Immerse yourself in the mindset of the Chinese military organization through an extensive overview of its history as well as its tactical use of chariots, horse and cavalry, armor and shields, and swords. Several supplementary sections illuminate relevant portions of the recently discovered tomb texts and "lost writings," reputed to be earlier variants of the standard version. A glossary identifies figures and terms for the convenience of readers unfamiliar with Chinese history and writings.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566192972
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/17/1994
  • Pages: 384

Meet the Author

John Minford has translated many works from the Chinese, including two volumes of the Penguin Classics edition of Cao Xueqin's eighteenth-century novel The Story of the Stone. He is co-editor of the landmark anthology of translations Classical Chinese Literature.
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Table of Contents

Preface 11
A Note on the Translation and Pronunciation 21
Chronology of Approximate Dynastic Periods 25
General Introduction and Historical Background 29
Introduction 77
The Art of War in Translation 163
1 Initial Estimations 165
2 Waging War 171
3 Planning Offensives 175
4 Military Disposition 181
5 Strategic Military Power 185
6 Vacuity and Substance 189
7 Military Combat 195
8 Nine Changes 201
9 Maneuvering the Army 205
10 Configurations of Terrain 211
11 Nine Terrains 217
12 Incendiary Attacks 225
13 Employing Spies 229
Tomb Texts and Lost Writings 235
Notes to the General Introduction and Historical Background 249
Selected Notes to the Introduction 275
Notes to the Translation 301
Notes to the Tomb Texts and Lost Writings 331
Selected Bibliography 337
Glossary 351
Index 363
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2007

    Not the treatise on strategic thinking I was expecting

    I was so disappointed with this book that I came to B&N online just to write this review. While Sun Tzu's 'The Art of War' is a masterpiece treatise on military strategies, I was very disappointed in this rendition of the venerable classic. I bought it to read Sun Tzu's writings and strategies, and over 100 pages into the book I'm still reading the author's rendition of ancient Chinese Dynastic manipulations without a single excerpt or treatise from the actual 'Art of War'. While I have books like that in my library, and there are times when I want to read the historical background behind things, that's not what I bought this book for. Were I to want a book for that information this book would fall short there as well as the background information is vast but without adequate depth to be usable as a reference source. Sort of like the section of the bible wherein the entire lineage of a family is rendered. Who really cares who begat whom for 20+ generations? This book gives me that same feeling. A two sentence description of a battle that occurred 100 years before Sun Tzu, could probably have been left out as it would have minimal influence on the later author. If the battle was of significance to the development of the stategies outlined in 'Art of War', wouldn't it probably deserve more than a two sentence description?A more appropriate title should be 'Sawyer's Compendium of Ancient Chinese Dynasties and Their Possible Influence on the Works of Sun Tzu.'

    32 out of 37 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2007

    A Permanent Place on my Bookshelf

    I spent many hours reading, not only my purchased copy, but various copies at the local Barnes and Noble. Sun Tzu's immortal teachings demonstrated that 'war' begins with the self. This classic has also helped me understand human behavior to a greater depth than many 'modern' psychology books. This is a book to be digested slowly. It is to be thought about and studied from within yourself and without. It applies to all aspects of life. My favorite line is '..if your enemy is easy to anger...you can defeat him...'

    8 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2006

    the best book I have ever read

    This book was great you get the true meaning of war, and the auther is wonderful. He articulates every detail and gives you a feel of both ancient warfare and modern warfare. Read this book!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2004

    The 8th wonder of the ancient world

    If you've ever played Civilization 3, then you should no about the undiscovered wonder that is Tun Tzu's Art of War. This book will make your every move stratigic (and I don't just mean if your running military).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2004

    for martial arts

    before i tested for my black belt my karate instructor recomended that i read sun tzu. he told me to read the whole book then read a chapter a week then read the whole book again. then put it down for a couple of weeks then read one page a day for 86 days then read the book again. after that he said you will know the entire book and will be able to find ways to apply it to everthing from school to making my self a better fighter at karate tounaments. the book taught me to fight the whole fight-emotional and physical.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2003

    Important and Influential

    I have seen citations of 'The Art of War' since my youth. Who can deny its importance and influence. This version, though, is particularly well-organized and engrossing. Much research has been put into clarification and detail. The perfect book for leading everything from a million-man army to a six-person organization.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2003

    Art Of War, Truly Worth It

    An amazing book written by the great Sun Tzu(also known as Sun Wu) translated by Ralph D Sawyer, who includes an in depth introduction which brings a great aspect of history to modern day reality. A Must buy if interested in Chinese History!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2003

    A book of outside vs. inside application

    The Art Of War is a book on higher being. A book that forces its reader to open himself up to their situations and apply a pratical method. This book makes one challenge themself to growth. The Art OF War, shows one the art of looking at matters from different angles and than applying the best method to get a positive result. This is a master's guide book to realization of everything that surrounds the reader.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2001

    genius!

    this book is wonderful. anything you want to know about war and condution of buisness affairs are in this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2001

    A great handbook for life!

    I wish I had read this book when I was much younger. The philosophies in this book can be carried through all aspects of life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2001

    TIMELESS INSIGHT

    What makes books of this nature as applicable today as they were when they were originally written is that they give an excellent insight into the human mind in that they reveal very common and basic characteristics/cause and effect issues that can be discearned by silent observation and subtle probing that reveals in form as much about your opponent, and sometimes even more, than if they were to tell you themselves. I personally love to read eastern phil./business for that reason. I also learn alot about myself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2001

    Strategy

    This book is practical and easy to read - and it's not only about strategy in war. It can easily translate to business situations and other aspects of life. That's the most important part of a good book - strategy. Sun Tzu describes all strategic actions, what could be easily implemented by anyone in any area of life, no matter where you live, who you are or how old you are.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2000

    How to run a war or Business

    Sun Tzu 'The Art of War' was excellent. This book is a great book on strategy. Whether you command a nations army, war games or a moderen business. If the reader uses some of these war tactics and strategies in the modern world, they may find it easy to relate. Thus it is easy to relate to this book. Even rivals in sports and entertainment can be outwitted by the wisdom in this book. It also adds examples of some actions, which show how these sayings and writings apply to the real world. So no matter what you were looking for in this book, whether it be business, sports, war games, or actual wars, you can be sure to learn more on how to best deal with the situation through the strategies in this book. The book is timeless....and should be required reading for all persons.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2000

    Great tactics!

    Very good book on war tactics that can be applied in the business world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2000

    Great book but better translations available

    Great book, but Ames and Gagliardi translations are more recent and useful for business people. Before you read any version, review Secrets of Sun Tzu at clearbridge web site.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2000

    An epic work in the history and convention of war

    This written manual is THE guidebook that current works in military strategy are compared to. An absolute must for the military buff, strategist, or historian. A great buy.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2000

    An amazing work, Great for the future MBA student

    The Art of War opens your eyes to the competitive world of Sun Tzu. Although written as a book of military combat, this book emulates the world of business, giving the reader key fundamentals of the business world. This book details the keys to controling your competition. A great read, very interesting thoughts on warfare and strategy. A smart business man's bible.

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