on 1 March 1999
R.L. Wing brings to life this classic chinese work of stragety. The work is divided for easy reading and each english passage is accompanied by the corresponding chinese calligraphy. The text reads smoothly and the lessons are presented in a easy to understand format. However, the most impressive aspect of this translation is the author's commentary and insights into the application of the tenets of stragety into every day life. Wing systematicly explores the effectivness of the use of stragety in accomplishing personal and social goals. This text is excellent for those familiar with the Art of War, as well as those just beggining their studies.
on 30 December 1999
R.L. Wing's work with this classic is very refreshing. He examines the wider implications of the text, not restricting the reader to a purely millitaristic interpretation. Of course he provides a historical basis for this approach and his notes and comments are keenly developed.
I enjoyed this tremendously - it offers easy access to anyone who is new to Sun Tzu's classic and for those of us who are fammilliar with it, this editions offers inspiration guidance that I haven't found in any of the other translations.
on 16 May 1998
Why isn't it called the "Art of War?" Because Wing hits on a point missed by most translations. Sun Tzu's objective in writing the classic book was, as Wing puts it, "The achievement of triumph through tactical positioning, without resorting to battle."
The book is divided as the original. Brief, to the point, and put forth in such a way to invite the reader to contemplate each section, with comments by the author as to how it relates to different levels of conflict...environmental, interpersonal, between leaders, and within ones self. This structure allows the reader to use this book as both discovery and reminder. I've carried the book around for years, using it to remind me how to deal with situations.
I've read several versions of "the Art of War," and value this one the most. It's highly recommended, and very useful, both personally and professionally.
on 12 February 1999
I have assigned this book as required reading for every manager within my company. Beginning with "The Five Fundamentals of Strategy" and concluding with "The Essence of Strategy" the book leads the reader to an understanding of how to effectively deal with conflict. Armed with this knowledge, any person can become a successful leader and, more importantly perhaps, resolve the conflict within the self and thereby open up a path of true personal growth.
on 12 February 1999
For years people have been trying to translate Sun Tzu's Art of War, and having read many of these translations myself I can honestly say that not one person has even come close to interpreting this Eastern Classic, until now. RL Wing's book is delightful to read and easy to follow. If you have an open mind, then this book is sure to make your life better.
on 21 January 2010
If you want to be successful with this book ... then work diligently and pretty much soon you'll see a real change in your attitude.
The book itself, is very easy to read and the concepts that is laid out by Sun Tzu is more than clearly explained by RL Wing.
You work on 4 aspects of your life ... conflicts as RL Wing would call them.
What I did was to observe my conflicts every day ... and then work on them...of which Wing gives excellent advice on how to deal with each conflict.
I suppose the hardest conflict to extract a strategy towards was self ... just take your time, be patient, follow the advice in the book and soon you'll see results.
This may sound boring to you .... but really, when you get into the "process" the results can be really profound.
Much more focused and productive
on 10 October 2011
Sun Tzu's work is so well known that new translations and editions must address the question of utility; what does this version add to the editions already available?
What Mr Wing has done is to produce a work that is both attractive (featuring Chinese calligraphy), readable and clearly laid out. The presentation of the work in 52 parts (13 sections, divided into 4 parts), designed to be read over the 52 weeks of the year, is interesting if not something that I have followed.
But for me the best aspect of this edition is the insightful preamble to every one of the 13 sections, drawing together the points Sun Tzu makes in that section and applying them to common challenges and experiences. Those comments are neither trite nor sound like they come from a management consultant; the respect for the text and the ethos behind it come through clearly.