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The Art of War: Translation, Essays, and Commentary by the Denma Translation Group (Shambhala Library)
 
 

The Art of War: Translation, Essays, and Commentary by the Denma Translation Group (Shambhala Library) [Kindle Edition]

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Conflict is an inevitable part of life, according to this ancient Chinese classic of strategy, but everything necessary to respond to conflict wisely, thoroughly, and victoriously is right before us at all times. The key to skillful action in any situation is in knowing those things that make up the environment and then seeing the patterns they form so that their power becomes available to us. It is not necessary to change the nature of things to find victory. Since, as Sun Tzu teaches, aggression and response in kind can lead only to destruction, we must learn to work with conflict in a more profound and effective way. The Art of War shows us how.

The Art of War gives us proven strategic skills to apply when we need to take action and overcome obstacles in rapidly changing, chaotic situations. Though ancient in origin, these strategies are accessible because they are based on the ways we already do things. As Sun Tzu shows, rather than getting mired in conflict, we can create momentum and bring about the tipping point to achieve success.


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  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications; Abridged edition (3 May 2011)
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  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars An edition for warriors and pacifists alike 26 May 2003
Format:Paperback
I know what you are thinking. You are about to skip past this review because you don't see the point in yet another version of this Chinese introduction to warfare, no matter how legendary it is. True, Sun Tzu did seem to have insights into warfare which have since benefited many commanders, but there are just so may editions out there. Well, you are wrong. This translation is one of the most impressive I have come across and was pieced together with a love and attention which could single it out as one of the very best translations available.
The Denma Translation Group are against war. They point out that Sun Tzu's work encourages the commander to attain victory without destroying the enemy forces and thus creating a state of resentment within those who have been conquered.
Aswell as getting the new translation, we also get the standard verion without any explanations of the text and several background essays, including a very enjoyable one about leadership in the form of the 'Sage Commander', who is the personification of the military (or even non-military) leader at the heart of the Art of War.
This translation has aspirations that it can be used in a positive way in non-warlike situations and that people can apply it to aspects of life in a peaceful way. The message is clear, that we can achieve success with humility and with an understanding of our opponent which treats them as human beings with aims and dreams of their own.
If you liked this for it's Chinese philosophy, perhaps you might want to buy a copy of the 'I-Ching' or if you see yourself as a 'Sage Commander', perhaps you could buy 'On War' by Von Calusewitz or even 'The Prince' by Machiavelli.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Ulitmate Sun Tzu Translation 31 Oct 2001
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Format:Hardcover
A new standard has been set. The Denma Translation Group's Sun Tzu rendering shows extraordinary accuracy; as stated in the book, they "argued over every word." I am very impressed to see very little paraphrasing as well. And though this emphasis does sometimes break up the reading flow, the group did an admirable job minimizing its overall effects.
In addition to the translation, this book has the finest essays analyzing the many Art of War concepts. Not stopping there, the authors then skillfully explained each and every passage of Sun Tzu. even though this book was recently published it has taken the group a decade to complete. Wow, this book deserves a space on any book-lover's bookshelf.
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The Denma translation of The Sun Tzu (The Art of War) is the best translation I have read (I have read 5 others). I think it is particularly suitable to people without a military background who want to get behind one of the most important texts on conflict ever produced. The Denma team do this. Their translation is readable and at times beautiful and their supporting essays are also excellent. I help people to deal with conflict and, as strange as it may sound, this version of a 2300 year old text from China is consistently rated as one of the most practical books I give them.
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True victory is victory over aggression, a victory that respects the enemy’s basic humanity and thus renders further conflict unnecessary. &quote;
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If we seek the root of the sage commander’s power, we discover that he is simply and genuinely himself, always comfortable with who he is. The more he relaxes, the greater the power associated with him. &quote;
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