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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 355
EAN: 9780976072690
ISBN: 0976072696
Label: El Paso Norte Press
Manufacturer: El Paso Norte Press
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 268
Publication Date: 2005-03-21
Publisher: El Paso Norte Press
Studio: El Paso Norte Press

Editorial Reviews:

This Special Edition of The Art of War by Sun Tzu presents this timeless classic in two forms:

Section I contains the complete thirteen chapters of Sun Tzu's masterpiece in Chinese together with the English translation of Lionel Giles without notes or commentary. This presentation avoids the objection that commentary tends to clutter and obscure the clarity of thought of the ancient military genius.

Section II contains the complete translation by Lionel Giles including his extensive introduction and the fully annotated text with explanatory notes and critical commentary. His Introduction includes an historical account of Sun Tzu's work, evaluations by and of early Chinese commentators, an essay examining the traditional Chinese attitudes toward war and a bibliography that details Giles' source materials. The text in this section includes critical commentary and notes by both the Chinese historians as well as by Giles himself.

Lionel Giles, as the Keeper of the Department of Oriental printed Books and Manuscripts of the British Museum, was uniquely qualified to translate and explain this great classic Chinese work to Western readers. First published in 1910, Giles' translation is widely considered to be the definitive English version.

Other Special Editions in this series which deal with the subject of warfare and strategy include:
The Art of War By Mao Tse-tung - Special Edition
The Art of War By Baron De Jomini - Special Edition
The Art of War & The Prince By Machiavelli - Special Edition


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Summary: Good price for the Kindle version
Comment: It's good to have an electronic copy of this book on your Kindle as a reference when you need it. And you can't beat the price. Well worth it.


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Summary: A classic with endless implications for modern life
Comment: The Art of War is ostensibly about winning battles in ancient China, but has endless implications for life today. It is in print in wide circulation mainly because people see it as valuable for business strategy, but it is also a useful way to think about politics in this election season, to pick only one other example. This particular edition is wonderful, giving the Chinese and English versions and commentary in an attractive package.

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Summary: Timeless
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Summary: Definitely a must read...
Comment: I expected the classic book, "The Art of War" to be written similar in the way that "The Prince" was, I was mistaken. In Sun Tzu's book it merely outlines various beliefs he has acquired over time without going much into detail about why to do things a certain way (He basically outlines objectives necessary to winning a war). The book itself seems to be broken into direct statements and is less than 80 pages long (the original that is). This version of the book with commentary I found to be incredibly helpful as it pushed forward the ideas of Sun Tzu while providing additional information about the times and other information that anyone would find helpful who does not have a perfect understanding of how history played out back in those times. I'm definitely happy I purchased this version of the book above others, however, now that I have read this one I would be interested in reading another version with additional commentary.

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Summary: Sun Tzu - The Art of War
Comment: The most compelling book for understanding military strategy and tactics. You will be able to destroy your enemies if you can apply the principles of Sun Tzu effectively.


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