- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics (29 May 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140455523
- ISBN-13: 978-0140455526
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.6 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (774 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Art of War (Penguin Classics) Paperback – 29 May 2008
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"The strategic advice that [The Art of War] offers concerns much more than the conduct of war. It is an ancient book of proverbial wisdom, a book of life."
"The strategic advice that [The Art of War] offers concerns much more than the conduct of war. It is an ancient book of proverbial wisdom, a book of life." (John Minford, from the Introduction)
"The strategic advice that [The Art of War] offers concerns much more than the conduct of war. It is an ancient book of proverbial wisdom, a book of life." John Minford, from the Introduction" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Little is known for definite about Sun Tzu [544-496 B.C.] and his life during the Warring States period after the decline of the Zhou dynasty, but his classic The Art of War has been one of the central works of Chinese literature for 2500 years.
John Minford has translated many books from Chinese, including Cao Xueqin's The Story of the Stone, and was co-editor of Seeds of Fire: Chinese Voices of Conscience and Chinese Classical Literature: An Anthology of Translations.
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Top Customer Reviews
This version, is differentiated by a) the price; and b) Tom Butler-Browdon’s excellent introduction which frames the relevance of this manual for the modern reader, provides information about the historical context, and characterises the most successful warfare outcomes.
The size makes it commuter friendly as well as an easy task to finish. Given the brief and focussed nature of the text, it is not a book that lasts – but luckily the massive scope for applications leave enough food for thought that the book to have a lingering aftertaste.
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This is NOT the book. It is a summary. Very disappointing and incredibly misleading.Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
It's horribly written and feels and looks very cheap. Don't waste your money. How bad it is, is reflected in the length of this reviewPublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
Got this for a friend's birthday, he loves it. It's a nifty little book with nice poems about war, which are quite useful if you're into that stuff. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer