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  • 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)
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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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What makes this book a true classic is the fact it has many applications: power-hungry politicians, corporate strategists, the army generals amongst Amazon and your bog-standard malcontent - although more definitely exist to be found. Despite societies moving away from primal structures, the relevance of lessons learnt by Sun Tzu over 2000 years will continue to persist. Sun Tzu teaches how to resourcefully beat enemies with guile and strategy, utilse superior knowledge of the terrain, and utilise lines of communication and learn to think like his enemy.

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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Sometimes difficult to understand the author's concepts on war since I have no military training nor do I wish to go to war. However, the concepts are apparently being used by CEO's of top companies so thought it would be worth reading, though did not see anything that could be translated to corporate workplace maybe I missed the lesson. It was worth reading for no other reason than to have an insight into how Chinese thought about war.
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Love this book. I believe that EVERYONE should read it. It's strange how there are a lot of quotes and situations in it, that do apply to every day life.
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I have often heard quotes from this book so bought it and honestly it's an amazing book to read. I wonder if any past generals and military have read this?
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A very short book, but a must read book, a version with some annotations and discussion might be a bit more useful however.
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Always useful to have a copy of this as a reference.
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Great read. Essential strategy book.
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BRILLIANT LITTLE BOOK.
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