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Sun-Tzu: The Art of Warfare Kindle Edition

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3193 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1st edition (8 Sept. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003EJDGNC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
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By A Customer on 7 Nov. 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book holds all the keys. It is completely remarkable read. Gives remarkable insights to the toughts of the ancient warriors and helps modern readers of the scripts to plan their next move and estimate the moves of others and their strategies. A recommended read for all, especially at this time of world development.
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'Master Sun said: War is a vital matter of state. It is the field on which life or death is determined and the road which leads to either survival or ruin, and must be examined with the greatest care'.

So begins the Sun Tzu, one of the greatest works of military philosophy. This translation of it is informed by a fragmentary copy of the text found during excavations of a tomb at Silver Sparrow Mountain in Shadong province, China. It was written on bamboo slips and has been dated to 140-118 BC, over a thousand years before previously available manuscripts. Ames is a professor of philosophy and this translation is one of a number he has written from that perspective.

The book starts with a 96 page introduction. This covers the finding of the text, Sun Tzu as a historical person, etc, but the bulk of it is an analysis of how the text fits in to classical Chinese cultural and philosophical traditions. These formed a common and clearly understood background for the Sun Tzu's intended audience and Ames shows how an understanding of these help a modern reader understand it more fully. This lengthy analysis is, however, at the expense of placing it in its political or military context.

The next section is a translation of the main 13 chapter core of the Sun Tzu itself. Only about a third of this text was recovered so much of Ames's translation must be based on later copies, but unfortunately he does not say which parts of his translation are from which source. Sometimes the references say he has used one source in preference for another; as there are few instances of this I assume that there are only minor differences between the Silver Sparrow Mountain text and later copies.
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By A Customer on 16 Mar. 1999
Format: Hardcover
These ancient texts are a relevant and reliable source for strategic warfare 2 1/2 millenia after they were written. I have read a number of military texts in the past. All of them use information based upon the work of the mighty Sun-Tzu.
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By A Customer on 14 May 2004
Format: Hardcover
A good and highly readable translation, plus there's the original Chinese if you're a scholar. Best translation available as far as I know.
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