The Art of War

The Art of War

by Mao Zedong

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This Special Edition of "The Art of War" by Mao Tse-tung contains his four most important discourses on warfare. The parallels between Chairman Mao's thoughts on strategy and those of Sun Tzu belie a direct lineage of culture and genius projected across twenty five centuries.

First, "Problems of Strategy in China's Revolutionary War", considers the rational and classical strategems underlying the conduct of a successful war.

Second, "Problems of Strategy in Guerrilla War Against Japan", discusses the conduct of guerrilla actions relative to, and within, conventional warfare.

Third, "On Protracted War", deals with a wide range of topics including mobile warfare, guerrilla warfare, positional warfare, war of attrition and war of annihilation.

Fourth, "Problems of War and Strategy" summarizes the lessons of the previous discourses and reiterates the famous dictum: "Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun."

Other Special Editions in this series that deal with the subject of warfare and strategy include:

The Art of War by Sun Tzu - Special Edition
The Art of War By Baron De Jomini - Special Edition
The Art of War & The Prince By Machiavelli - Special Edition

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781934255575
Publisher: El Paso Norte Press
Publication date: 08/15/2010
Series: The Art of War Special Edition Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 426 KB

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whether you want to start a revolution or prevent one, everyone who has an interest in political power has a valid reason to read these important essays by the 20th century's most successful revolutionary. Mao Tse-tung understood and used the keys to power as effectively as they have ever been used. This book is a prime example of Mao at work - exhorting, cajoling and instructing - at a time when he was closely in touch with the hearts and minds of his people.

Those who tend to dismiss Mao Tse-tung as a demagogue miss the point that he had a agenda that was separate and apart from his ideology: to rule and reform China. He first sold his revolution to the people on the basis of their discontent and rationalized his political views to obtain his objectives. He was a master of contorted logic, rationalization, salesmanship - effective propaganda. This book shows him, in his own words, at his most subtle and persuasive.

That is not to say that Chairman Mao did not deeply care for the welfare of China and her people. To begin the movement of the massive feudal kingdom that was China in the early 20th century toward the world power that China is rapidly becoming will be remembered by history as the step that lifted countless millions from abject poverty. Who is to say that Mao's ends did not justify his means?