The Art of War

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Penguin, 2003 - History - 325 pages
For more than two thousand years, Sun-tzu's The Art of War has provided leaders with essential advise on battlefield tactics, managing troops and terrain, and employing cunning and deception. Capturing the literary quality of 'The Art of War' - its lucid, epigrammatic, almost poetic style - as well as its philosophical and strategic content, John Minford's new translation presents the core text in two different formats. First, the unadorned thirteen chapters allow readers to form their own first impressions of the ancient words of wisdom ascribed to Sun-tzu. Then the same text appears with extensive running commentary from the canon of traditional Chinese commentators and others, providing context and subtext to the work. Even those readers familiar with 'The Art of War' will experience it anew, finiding it more fascinating--and more chilling--than ever.
 

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Contents

A Note on the Text
xxxvii
Chronologies
liii
Strategic Offensive
14
Empty and Full
31
The Nine Changes
47
Forms of Terrain
61
Attack by Fire
84
THE ART OF WAR with Commentary
99
Potential Energy
161
Empty and Full
177
The Fray
196
The Nine Changes
214
On the March
226
Forms of Terrain
248
The Nine Kinds of Ground
265
Attack by Fire
304

Strategic Offensive
131
Forms and Dispositions
148
Espionage
314
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Sun Tzu was the author of The Art of War, an immensely influential ancient Chinese book on military strategy (for the most part not dealing directly with tactics). He is also one of the earliest realists in international relations theory.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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