The Art of War

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The Art of War

The Essential Translation of the Classic Book of Life (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

By Sun-Tzu; John Minford (Translator); John Minford (Introduction by)

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780140439199, 384pp.

Publication Date: August 26, 2003

An acclaimed translation of the world's most famous military treatise, in a stunning Penguin Classics Deluxe edition

For more than two thousand years, Sun-tzu's The Art of War has provided leaders with essential advice on battlefield tactics and management strategies. An elemental part of Chinese culture, it has also become a touchstone for the Western struggle for survival and success, whether in battle, in business, or in relationships. Now, in this crisp, accessible translation, eminent scholar John Minford brings this seminal work to life for today's readers. Capturing the literary quality of the work, Minford presents the core text in two formats: first, the unadorned ancient words of wisdom ascribed to Sun-tzu; then, the same text with extensive running commentary from the canon of traditional Chinese commentators. A lively, learned introduction and other valuable apparatus round out this authoritative volume.

About the Author
Little is known aboutSun-tzu(544-496 B.C.) and his life during the Warring States period after the decline of the Zhou dynasty, but his classic work, The Art of War, has been one of the central works of Chinese literature for 2500 years. John Minford(editor/translator) is the translator of the acclaimed Penguin Classics edition ofI, Chingand a professor of Chinese at the Australian National University in Canberra."

Praise For The Art of War

"The strategic advice that [The Art of War] offers concerns much more than the conduct of war. It is an ancient book of proverbial wisdom, a book of life." (John Minford, from the Introduction)

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