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The Art of War


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For more than two thousand years, The Art of War has stood as a cornerstone of Chinese culture-a lucid epigrammatic text that reveals as much about human psychology, politics, and economics as it does about battlefield strategy. The influence of Sun-tzu's text has grown tremendously in the West in recent years, with military leaders, politicians, and corporate executives alike finding valuable insight in these ancient words. In his crisp, accessible new translation, scholar John Minford brings this seminal work to life for modern readers.

Minford opens with a lively, learned introduction in which he explores the life and times of Sun-tzu, looks at The Art of War in the context of the turbulent Warring States period, and discusses how best to read and understand the work today. There follows Minford's translation of the core text itself in two different formats-first, the unadorned thirteen chapters of the original work and then the same text reprinted with extensive running commentary by classical Chinese scholars as well as Minford himself. The result is an opportunity for Western readers to experience Sun-tzu's work in all its intensity as it applies to many aspects of our lives.

About the Author

John Minford studied Chinese at Oxford and has taught in China, Hong Kong, and New Zealand. His highly regarded translations from the Chinese include two volumes of the Penguin Classics edition of Cao Xueqin's eighteenth-century novel, The Story of the Stone. He is the coeditor of the landmark volume Classical Chinese Literature: An Anthology of Translations and the coeditor of Seeds of Fire: Chinese Voices of Conscience.

Table of Contents


Introduction, xi

A Note on the Text, xxxvii

Suggestions for Further Reading, xli

A List of Chinese Commentators, xlix

Chronologies, liii

Dynasties, liii

Historical Events, liv

The Art of War

Chapter 1. Making of Plans, 3

Chapter 2. Waging of War, 9

Chapter 3. Strategic Offensive, 14

Chapter 4. Forms and Dispositions 20

Chapter 5. Potential Energy, 25

Chapter 6. Empty and Full, 31

Chapter 7. The Fray, 39

Chapter 8. The Nine Changes, 47

Chapter 9. On the March, 51

Chapter 10. Forms of Terrain, 61

Chapter 11. The Nine Kinds of Ground, 69

Chapter 12. Attack by Fire, 84

Chapter 13. Espionage, 89

The Art of War with Commentary

Chapter 1. Making of Plans, 99

Chapter 2. Waging of War, 119

Chapter 3. Strategic Offensive, 131

Chapter 4. Forms and Dispositions, 148

Chapter 5. Potential Energy, 161

Chapter 6. Empty and Full,177

Chapter 7. The Fray, 196

Chapter 8. The Nine Changes, 214

Chapter 9. On the March, 226

Chapter 10. Forms of Terrain, 248

Chapter 11. The Nine Kinds of Ground, 265

Chapter 12. Attack by Fire, 304

Chapter 13. Espionage, 314

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Minford, John
Minford, John
Tzu, Sun
Minford, John
Viking Adult
New York
Military - General
Military Science
Military art and science
Eastern - General
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9.32x6.28x1.26 in. 1.80 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Military » Strategy Tactics and Deception
Religion » Eastern Religions » Chinese Philosophy
Religion » Eastern Religions » Chinese Religion and Literature

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