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The Tao of War: The Martial Tao Te Ching

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Wang Chen, a ninth-century military commander, was sickened by the carnage that had plagued the glorious T'ang dynasty for decades. "All within the seas were poisoned," he wrote, "and pain and disaster was rife throughout the land." Wang Chen wondered, how can we end conflicts before they begin? How can we explain and understand the dynamics of conflict? For the answer he turned to a remarkable source-the Tao Te Ching. Here is Wang Chen's own rendering of and commentary on the ancient text, insightfully expanded and amplified by translator Ralph D. Sawyer, a leading scholar of Chinese military history.Although the Tao long influenced Chinese military doctrine, Wang Chen's interpretations produced the first reading of it as a martial text-a "tao of war." Like Sun-tzu's Art of War, certainly the most famous study of strategy ever written, the Tao provides lessons for the struggles of contemporary life. In the way that the ancient Art of War provides inspiration and advice on how to succeed in competitive situations of all kinds, even in today's world, Wang Chen's The Tao of War uncovers action plans for managing conflict and promoting peace. A book to put on the shelf next to Art of War, Wang Chen's The Tao of War is a reference of equally compelling and practical advice.

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The perfect companion to the best-selling Art of War, this fascinating book provides lessons from ancient China on the dynamics of conflict

About the Author

Ralph D. Sawyer, one of Americas leading scholars in Chinese warfare, has worked extensively with major intelligence and defense agencies. After studying at MIT and Harvard and a brief stint of university teaching, Sawyer has spent the past thirty years lecturing and doing international consulting work focused on China.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813340814
Translator:
Sawyer, Ralph D.
Publisher:
Basic Books (AZ)
Translator:
Sawyer, Ralph D.
Author:
Sawyer, Ralph D.
Author:
Chen, Wang
Location:
Boulder, Colo.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Public Affairs & Administration
Subject:
Taoism
Subject:
Tactics
Subject:
Laozi
Subject:
Eastern - Taoism
Subject:
Taoist
Subject:
Military - Other
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
no. 13
Publication Date:
20021131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 12.5 oz

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