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The art of war;: The oldest military treatise in the world, (Military classics) Unknown Binding – 1944


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  • Unknown Binding: 90 pages
  • Publisher: The Military service Pub. Co (1944)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007E86ZK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Julie Cutler TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 April 2011
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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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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful By GazBhoy91 on 20 Oct 2010
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer on 20 Jun 2012
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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 By Dr. Gerd Folberth on 1 Oct 2013
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There are no annotations and there is no introduction in the ebook version of this book which means it looses all of the appeal of the print edition. Total waste of momey and space.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr Khan on 5 May 2011
Format: Hardcover
The book is without commentary so its not in depth, if it had used commentary to further explain in detail and used History to support the ideas and theory's it would have been excellent. If anyone knows of a book which does that please let us the readers know.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim.. on 4 Feb 2013
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I've looked at a few editions of this but I like this one the most, it's great to read the clear intro and see the artistically inspired interpretations of sun tzu's classic words.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 1 Feb 2013
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great edition of classic strategy text, I loved the clear intro, and the text and illustrations are well laid out. This is an essential book for those looking to think more clearly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julie Cutler TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 April 2011
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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 (as I seem to be saying on the majority of the reviews) without Giles' useful introduction or his heavy footnotes. 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 : "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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