The Art of War by Tzu Sun
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The Art of War is almost certainly the most famous study of strategy ever written and has had an extraordinary influence on the history of warfare. The principles Sun-tzu expounded were utilized brilliantly by such great Asian war leaders as Mao Tse-tung, Giap, and Yamamoto. First translated two hundred years ago by a French missionary, Sun-tzu’s Art of War has been credited with influencing Napoleon, the German General Staff, and even the planning for Desert Storm. Many Japanese companies make this book required reading for their key executives. And increasingly, Western businesspeople and others are turning to the Art of War for inspiration and advice on how to succeed in competitive situations of all kinds. Unlike most editions of Sun-tzu currently available (many simply retreads of older, flawed translations), this superb new translation makes use of the best available classical Chinese manuscripts, including the ancient “tomb text” version discovered by archaeologists at Linyi, China. Ralph Sawyer, an outstanding Western scholar of ancient Chinese warfare and a successful businessman in his own right, places this classic work of strategy in its proper historical context. Sawyer supplies a portrait of Sun-tzu’s era and outlines several battles of the period that may have either influenced Sun-tzu or been conducted by him. While appreciative of the philosophical richness of the Art of War, this edition stresses Sun-tzu’s practical origins and presents a translation that is both accurate and accessible.
 

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Ralph D. Sawyer, one of America’s leading scholars in Chinese warfare, has worked extensively with major intelligence and defense agencies. After studying at MIT and Harvard and a brief stint of university teaching, Sawyer has spent the past thirty years lecturing and doing international consulting work focused on China.
 
Published February 11, 1994 by Basic Books. 384 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, War, Law & Philosophy, Professional & Technical, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Much of the sensible relationship advice here is applicable to both genders, but the authors maintain that it is the woman who must secretly ""control"" and direct the man with ""rewards,"" ""punishments"" and ""tests."" With their theories based on some questionable premises about the inherent n...

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The Art of War from SmarterComics: How to be Successful in Any Competition by Sun Tzu, illustrated by Shane Chester, is a graphic novel of the famous book.

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With editorial notes and a new translation by James Trapp, this beautifully bound book is a must for any strategist or business man, or any everyday man that is looking for tips on how to rise to the top of whatever corporate or social ladder he is climbing.

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Using Griffith's translation as a foundation, McNeilly lists the six salient points found in Sun Tzu and the Art of Modern Warfare, and explains their importance, and implications, in regard to modern warfare.

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In Tournament Poker and the Art of War, David Apostolico applies this classic text to playing in no-limit Texas hold'em poker tournaments.

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The Art of War from SmarterComics: How to be Successful in Any Competition by Sun Tzu, illustrated by Shane Chester, is a graphic novel of the famous book.

Jun 15 2012 | Read Full Review of The Art of War (History & War...

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