The Art of War (Paperback)
Unlike most editions of Sun-tzu currently available (many simply retreads of older, flawed translations), this superb translation makes use of the best available classical Chinese manuscripts, including the ancient "tomb text" version discovered by archaeologists at Linyi, China.
Ralph Sawyer, an outstanding Western scholar of ancient Chinese warfare and a successful businessman in his own right, places this classic work of strategy in its proper historical context. Sawyer supplies a portrait of Sun-tzu's era and outlines several battles of the period that may have either influenced Sun-tzu or been conducted by him. While appreciative of the philosophical richness of the Art of War, this edition stresses Sun-tzu's practical origins and presents a translation that is both accurate and accessible.
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"A tour de force. Sawyer puts this most famous of the classic Chinese military writings into context and shows that Sun-tzu was not just a solitary genius, but the product of a remarkably rich martial culture."
—Robert L. O'Connell, author of Arms and Men: A History of Warm Weapons, and Aggression
"I am convinced that this translation...will prove to be the definitive edition for many years to come."
—Robin D.S. Yates, Burlington Northern Professor of Asian Studies, Dartmouth College, "I am convinced that this translation...will prove to be the definitive edition for many years to come."
"Fills a serious gap for anyone interested in the history of ancient warfare...a fascinating book."—Arther Ferrill, author of The Origins of War: From the Stone Age to Alexander the Great