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  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; 1 edition (1 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 046502145X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465021451
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 4.4 x 16.5 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,444,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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P. H. Liotta, author of "The Real Population Bomb: Megacities and Global Security"
"After decades of intense and dedicated scholarship, Ralph Sawyer has produced an astonishing volume. His linguistic and strategic skills--his fierce genius--are everywhere in evidence. Sawyer is a master, and "Ancient Chinese Warfare" is his masterpiece."
Ralph Peters, retired Military Intelligence officer and author of "The War After Armageddon"
""Ancient Chinese Warfare" is, paradoxically, a crucial book for the 21st century. As the 'new' China aspires to global power, understanding the foundations of this civilization's way of war helps us grasp Beijing's present psychology and behavior. The Chinese take a very long view of history, and we need to learn to do so. To that end, the brilliant work of Ralph D. Sawyer has long proven unrivalled...and this book is his masterpiece. No work better illustrates the deep (and gnarled) roots of China's contemporary ambitions."
Nicola Di Cosmo, Henry Luce Foundation Professor of East Asian History at the Institute for Advanced Study
""Ancient Chinese Warfare" is an important, informative, and exciting book. Written with panache, brimming with new ideas, and based on a level of knowledge that would challenge any expert, Sawyer's work has transformed single-handedly our understanding of ancient Chinese military history. Readers will find in this book a solidly informed and vivid account of China's ways of warfare from the Shang dynasty to the mid-first millennium BC. Only few of them will appreciate the massive effort of synthesis and analysis that this book represents, and it is to Sawyer's credit that he has succeeded in bringing an extremely difficult topic to a level that everyone can understand, learn from, and enjoy."
Edward N. Luttwak, author of "The Grand Strategy of the Byzantine Empire"
"Not unexpectedly, this book enhances Ralph D. Sawyer's reputation as the premier interpreter of Chinese strategy and warfare. The surprise is that with the aid of a flowing style he has written a highly readable, indeed very enjoyable book on a seemingly abstruse subject. In a manner fascinating in itself, Sawyer brilliantly reconstructs the fragmentary archaeological evidence."
"Library Journal"
"[A] complex, fascinating book.... [R]eaders with a serious interest in Chinese history and/or warfare will appreciate Sawyer's work."
"Michigan War Studies Review" "["Ancient Chinese Warfare"] marks a major advance in the state of our knowledge, a rich repository to be mined not only by historians of China but also world historians, scholars of comparative military history, and students of the origins of war and the state. Its impact will be substantial, far-reaching, and unsuperseded for many years to come."

P. H. Liotta, author of The Real Population Bomb: Megacities and Global Security
"After decades of intense and dedicated scholarship, Ralph Sawyer has produced an astonishing volume. His linguistic and strategic skills--his fierce genius--are everywhere in evidence. Sawyer is a master, and Ancient Chinese Warfare is his masterpiece."

Ralph Peters, retired Military Intelligence officer and author of The War After Armageddon
"Ancient Chinese Warfare is, paradoxically, a crucial book for the 21st century. As the 'new' China aspires to global power, understanding the foundations of this civilization's way of war helps us grasp Beijing's present psychology and behavior. The Chinese take a very long view of history, and we need to learn to do so. To that end, the brilliant work of Ralph D. Sawyer has long proven unrivalled...and this book is his masterpiece. No work better illustrates the deep (and gnarled) roots of China's contemporary ambitions."



Nicola Di Cosmo, Henry Luce Foundation Professor of East Asian History at the Institute for Advanced Study
"Ancient Chinese Warfare is an important, informative, and exciting book. Written with panache, brimming with new ideas, and based on a level of knowledge that would challenge any expert, Sawyer's work has transformed single-handedly our understanding of ancient Chinese military history. Readers will find in this book a solidly informed and vivid account of China's ways of warfare from the Shang dynasty to the mid-first millennium BC. Only few of them will appreciate the massive effort of synthesis and analysis that this book represents, and it is to Sawyer's credit that he has succeeded in bringing an extremely difficult topic to a level that everyone can understand, learn from, and enjoy."

Edward N. Luttwak, author of The Grand Strategy of the Byzantine Empire
"Not unexpectedly, this book enhances Ralph D. Sawyer's reputation as the premier interpreter of Chinese strategy and warfare. The surprise is that with the aid of a flowing style he has written a highly readable, indeed very enjoyable book on a seemingly abstruse subject. In a manner fascinating in itself, Sawyer brilliantly reconstructs the fragmentary archaeological evidence."

About the Author

Ralph D. Sawyer has worked extensively with major intelligence and defence agencies, as well as lecturing and consulting internationally on China. A Fellow of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies, he is the translator of numerous books from the Chinese military corpus, including The Art of War. He lives in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.


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