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

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 new 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.
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust theseries to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-datetranslations by award-winning translators.

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 dysnasty, but his classic, "The Art of War," has been one of the central works of Chinese literature for 2500 years.

John Minfordis the translator of the acclaimed Penguin Classics edition of"The Art of War"and 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)