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The Art of War

Sun Tzu    Translated by James Clavell

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Format: Hardcover, 83pp.
ISBN: 9780385292160
Publisher: Delacorte
Pub. Date: March 1989

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If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle....

These are the words of ancient Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu, whose now-classic treatise, The Art of War, was written more than 2,500 years ago. Originally a text for victory on the battlefield, the book has vastly transcended its original purpose.

Here is a seminal work on the philosophy of successful leadership that is as applicable to contemporary business as it is to war. Today many leading American business schools use the text as required reading for aspiring managers, and even Oliver Stone's award-winning film Wall Street cites The Art of War as a guide to those who strive for success.

Now acclaimed novelist James Clavell, for whom Sun Tzu's writing has been an inspiration, gives us a newly edited Art of War. Author of the best-selling Asian saga consisting of Shogun, Tai-Pan, Gai-jin, King Rat, Noble House, and Whirlwind, Clavell first heard about Sun Tzu in Hong Kong in 1977, and since then The Art Of War has been his constant companion--he refers to it frequently in Noble House. He has taken a 1910 translation of the book and clarified it for the contemporary reader. This new edition of The Art Of War is an extraordinary book made even more relevant by an extraordinary editor.


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Sun Tzu is credited with the sophisticated treatise on philosophy, logistics, espionage, and strategy and tactics known as The Art of War. It includes many commentaries by later Chinese philosophers. The core text was probably written by one person during a time of expanding feudal conflicts, but the exact century is uncertain. Most authorities now support a date early in the Warring States period (c.453221 B.C.). Sun Tzu became a general for the king of Wu in 512 BC. For almost two decades the armies of Wu were victorious over their hereditary enemies. After his death the armies of Wu were defeated and the kingdom made extinct. In 1782 the Art of War was translated into French by a Jesuit, Father Amiot. Legend says this book was the key to Napoleon's success.

Table of Contents
ILaying Plans9
IIOn Waging War12
IIIThe Sheathed Sword15
VIWeak Points & Strong25
VIIIVariation of Tactics37
IXThe Army On the March41
XIThe Nine Situtions56
XIIAttack By Fire73
XIIIThe Use of Spies77

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