The Art of War

The Denma Translation

By Sun Tzu; Sunzi; Tzu Sun Tzu
(Shambhala, Paperback, 9781570629044, 272pp.)

Publication Date: March 19, 2002

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Previous translations of "The Art of War " have presented Sun Tzu's classic from the point of view of military strategy, Chinese history, or Taoist philosophy. This translation accompanied by the translators' in-depth essays and illuminating line-by-line commentary offers a fresh perspective on this ancient Chinese text. Here, Sun Tzu's strategic principles of warfare (based as they were on the fundamental insights of the Chinese spiritual and philosophical tradition) are seen as universally relevant the foundation for personal transformation and the creation of an enlightened society.
In this translation of "The Art of War ," Sun Tzu's teachings are revealed in an entirely new light.
War is any situation that demands hard choices about creation and destruction, life or death.
The state is the system in which we live our household, our culture or society, or our own mind.
Defense ensures the integrity of our boundaries and allows life to flourish within them.
Force is the energy of concentrated action.
Victory lies in bringing others around to embracing a larger view one that includes their own without ever going to battle.

About the Author
Sun Tzu, also known as Sun Wu or Sunzi, was an ancient Chinese military strategist believed to be the author of the acclaimed military text, The Art of War. Details about Sun Tzu s background and life are uncertain, although he is believed to have lived c. 544-496 BCE. Through The Art of War, Sun Tzu s theories and strategies have influenced military leaders and campaigns throughout time, including the samurai of ancient and early-modern Japan, and more recently Ho Chi Minh of the Viet Cong and American generals Norman Swarzkopf, Jr. and Colin Powell during the Persian Gulf War in the 1990s.

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