Synopses & Reviews
"Ralph Sawyer's translation of Sun Pin...adds in an important way to our knowledge of the place of warfare in classical Chinese civilization."--John Keegan
The enormous renewed popularity of Sun Tzu's The Art of War has heightened awareness of the great Chinese tradition of writing on the theory and practice of war. Among other significant work is this 4th century B.C. study by the purported great grandson of Sun Tzu. It both extends Sun Tzu's strategic philosophy and develops it into a new style. Divided into 33 sections, it covers such topics as unfavorable terrain, the origins of war, "guest" and "host" armies, the 10 strategic uses of cavalry, and more.
-- Long believed lost, the text of the Military Methods was recovered from a Han dynasty tomb in 1972. The salvaged original, fragmentary in nature, is divided into thirty-three sections covering such topics as unfavorable terrians, the origins of war, "guest" and "host" armies, "male" and "female" cities and the ten strategic uses of cavalry.
-- To bridge the gaps in the original text, translator Ralph Sawyer, the leading authority on Chinese military history and its major texts has provided extensive commentary and notes as well as a detailed historical introduction.
Includes non-romanized bibliography of selected Chinese and Japanese works (p. 357-358), Western-language bibliographical sources (p. 245-356) and indexes.