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  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598958445
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598958447
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.3 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)

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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
By Julie Cutler TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm sampling all the Kindle versions of the Art of War to pick a readable translation.
Like buses that all seem to come at once, this is YET ANOTHER version of the Lionel Giles' 1910 version without the rather heavy original footnotes or the mildly useful Giles introduction. It's actually in quite readable English for the date, and seems reasonably understandable in the 21st century. I've no idea on the accuracy of the translation.

Opening line from other Giles versions: "Sun Tzu said: the art of war is of vital importance to the State.
It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected."

Prices vary considerably but the words stay the same.

Update: after clattering through all the Kindle samples, this is the one I chose, because it's the cheapest, AND I can always read the original introduction by getting a sample download from another version. Simples!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic must have book 18 May 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
There are countless interpretations of Sun Tzu's classic treatise The Art of War. I've read several of these ranging from weighty scholarly treatments to lighter volumes of easier to digest materials. Of all of these, however, I chose this version as my favorite. Clavell has made Sun Tzu's message succinct and meaningful to anyone who might pick up this book. Lessons are applicable in the board room, on the golf course, and anywhere real-life rears its head. This work is usable by anyone in almost any strata of world society.
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Option 20 Oct 2010
Format:Hardcover
I am an enthusiast of historical figures, specifically, military figures and men of enlightenment. So, naturally, Sun Tzu's "The Art Of War" was a must read for me. With the original written in ancient chinese i found it surprisingly difficult to find a single english translation that was without a Thesis from the Author; I would personally like to read the book and make my own interpretations without being influenced by someone elses opinions at the end of each paragraph and would definetaly recommend this edition for any like minded people.

The only downside i would highlight is that much of the original script was not or could not be translated, and the result is 13 short chapters, readable in a day or two - although the amount of wisdom of warfare and life overall that is in this short book is astonishingly so, that i would recommend everyone read it at least once in their lifetime.

I hope this review has been helpful to those of you that are considering purchasing this book. Please rate kindly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read 17 Jun 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A favourite among generals, politicians, and business leaders alike, and you can see why upon reading it. Useful advice for more than one walk of life in here
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. 17 April 2013
By Jack G
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This isnt a story. It is quite simply in bullet point format. Although it was translated to english many years ago its very easy to read.

Its also rather thin, more like a booklet as apposed to a thicker book type.

Still an excellent read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Interpretation 13 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Following the text well, this book is easy to follow, and is broken down into manageable "chunks" making reading easier
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clear and Concise 20 Jun 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
When I ordered this book I was surprised by how small the book was. It wasn't the best book I read but it did have some interesting phrases.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kindle review- probably a good translation 2 April 2011
By Julie Cutler TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm sampling all the Kindle versions of the Art of War to pick a readable translation.
This is YET ANOTHER version of the Lionel Giles' 1910 version WITH the rather heavy original footnotes. As a consequence the sample chapter runs out before the actual translation begins. However there are other versions of this translation available. The other samples are actually in quite readable English for the date, and seems reasonably understandable in the 21st century. I've no idea on the accuracy of the translation.

Opening line from other Giles versions: "Sun Tzu said: the art of war is of vital importance to the State.
It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected."
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