My son asked for a copy of Art of War for his 16th birthday. He had heard of it from friends, I think, but didn't know much about it.
I was keen to get a good translation, nicely presented. Something that he could keep and refer back to as the years went by.
After looking at several other versions, I settled on this one.
First it's hardback, an obvious requirement, and good quality.
What I liked most is the inclusion of the original Chinese preceding each English translation. Lionel Giles' translation is widely regarded as excellent, with no twisting of the meaning "suit a western perspective". It's a straight translation, and let the western… Read more