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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Shambhala Audio; Unabridged edition (30 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590305477
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590305478
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 1.1 x 12.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 367,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Ana Pf Goncalves on 12 Sep 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Understanding Sun Tzu on the Art of War explores the meaning of Sun Tzu's philosophies through the use of high impact case examples, in strategic cases through psychological experimentations, and the world at large through politics and conflict bouncing on War itself. Apparently the Art of war is one of the greatest and oldest military strategy books.

The book relates to everything as a whole, so you can find ease to relate to your own life situations as it seeks to establish the conflict already present within us. The main purpose of the book is to enable us to understand our own conflicts, and reduce it's impacts on ourselfs, and each other through 13 chapters(Strategic Assessments, Doing Battle, Planning a Siege, Formation, Force, Emptiness and Fullness, Armed Struggle, Adaptations, Maneuvering Armies, Terrain, Nine Grounds, Fire Attack and On the use of spies) which gives one strength when dealing with such forces.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Low brow on 9 Mar 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am disappointed as I bought this for a present I thought it was the complete texts and discover that it is the penny pulp version. I think Amazon need to ensure that all books that are similar are kept together. The cover is identical to the full texts version. Which is unacceptable, books should be logged together by author and with physical details size and page numbers to facilitate choice.

The quality of the book received is quite poor although the content remains a timeless masterpiece of mankinds weaknesses and strengths.

Do not buy this book if you prefer the full text vext version by Cleary
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This is not the easiest book to read. It was on my third attempt before I could complete it. It is not like a novel or factual book which the logic and reasoning flows and develop. Rather this is a book which collects or collates general abstract principles without anchoring context. From one principle to the next is disjointed. It is rather difficult to retain what you have read and then move on. Therefore you could travel along the book for a while, and then unable to recall what you have read. feeling then that you are totally lost.

On the third time I persevered. I made notes, I copied out the lines to help me remember. I guess this also slowed down my reading pace and gave me time to digest what I had read. In this way, I retained more before I moved on to the next. I pushed on even through I did not remember and tried to see what happened. The truth was that I would think about what I had read and if I found my memory a little hazy, I returned to the book and flipped back to where my thoughts travelled.

The introduction by the translator is actually quite lengthy (65 pages). It is not very well written because it does not engage the reader and the structure is not clear. It requires secondary processing to grasp what it is trying to say, or to distill the points that are beneficial or applicable to me. The body main is also not very helpful in its setup. The book is divided into themes. The layout is first to state Master Sun's principles, followed by the interpretations of some famous general and warriors in Chinese history. Therefore all the paragraphs are disjointed and not really related to each other. Once you get used to the format, however, it could be interesting. The commentaries are insightful at places, as wise as the Master Sun's original advice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jazzk1 on 18 Dec 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
contains great strategic advice, but is very repetitive even seeing some of the same advice but simply reworded in completely different chapters.

the introduction is also very long, the book is around 170 pages, and the introduction is around 60 of which it is also very repetitive.

Feels to dragged on for me but has some great strategic points and principles.
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