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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc; Abridged edition (1 April 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877736901
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877736905
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 11.4 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,042,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" Are leaders born or made? If leadership skills can be imparted at all through words, this book, written some 2,000 years ago, offers some possibilities. And leave it to Thomas Cleary, who translates difficult works twice as fast as most of us read them, to bring us a crucial addition to classical tracts on war and leadership." — "Japan Times"

"Are leaders born or made? If leadership skills can be imparted at all through words, this book, written some 2,000 years ago, offers some possibilities. And leave it to Thomas Cleary, who translates difficult works twice as fast as most of us read them, to bring us a crucial addition to classical tracts on war and leadership."—"Japan Times"
"This is wisdom for the new age. It's almost spooky how relevant are the words of these Taoist sages in this time of government excess and civil unrest. There are lessons here that our leaders and executives, and perhaps most importantly our children, could profit by."—Thom Calandra, financial columnist, "San Francisco Examiner "

"Are leaders born or made? If leadership skills can be imparted at all through words, this book, written some 2,000 years ago, offers some possibilities. And leave it to Thomas Cleary, who translates difficult works twice as fast as most of us read them, to bring us a crucial addition to classical tracts on war and leadership."--"Japan Times"
"This is wisdom for the new age. It's almost spooky how relevant are the words of these Taoist sages in this time of government excess and civil unrest. There are lessons here that our leaders and executives, and perhaps most importantly our children, could profit by."--Thom Calandra, financial columnist, "San Francisco Examiner " --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Thomas Cleary is the translator of "Opening the Dragon Gate" by Chen Kaiguo and Zhen Shunchao and "The Story of Chinese Zen" by Nan Huai-Chin, as well as "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu, "The Book of Five Rings" by Miyamoto Musashi, "The Japanese Art of War," and dozens of other titles on martial philosophy, Buddhism, Taoism, religion, and philosophy. He was born in 1949 and lives in Oakland, CA. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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Excellent book with the strange title of "The Book of Leadership and Strategy: Lessons of the Chinese Masters" but it's a selection of texts from "The Masters of Huainan"
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8e0c89fc) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e8578f4) out of 5 stars A philosophical look at leadership and strategy... 25 Feb. 2001
By Laura Haggarty - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is more philosophical than some others of similar titles and natures are. It views leadership and strategy through the lens of Taoist thinking, and as such is more concerned with the spiritual and ethical development of a leader. The book is broken into four sections: State and Society; Warfare; Peace; and Wisdom. Each is linked to the other, and follows the previous topic. There is a lot of discussion on the health of a given society, and how both the heads of a society as well as the people within it reflect and affect its overall health. There is a lot of focus on the causes and effects of warfare, as well as the ethics of waging war properly.
This is a small book, one that you can keep in your pocket or briefcase, perfect in size for reading on the train into work or while sitting in a doctor's office. It's full of essays that will make you think, and perhaps re-evaluate how you deal with certain situations in your life. It is worth buying, no question about that.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e6daaf8) out of 5 stars Extracts from the Huainan Tzu 4 Jun. 2005
By wiredweird - Published on Amazon.com
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Cleary brings us another brief, readable translation from the Taoist canon. This time, it's a compilation of extracts from the Huainan Tzu (or Huainanzi). Unlike other books, this has multiple authors, guest philosophers in the court of a king of the small Huainan nation. If there's any choppiness in this list of brief lessons, it's probably due to the book's mixed origin rather than Cleary's editing.

He chose to arrange the aphoristic anecdotes into four chapters, on State, Warfare, Peace, and Wisdom. These readings are much less direct than other authors on statecraft - Han Fei Tzu or Sun Tzu are clearer to a modern reader, and more immediately applicable. Like other Taoist authors, these convey the sense that proper following of The Way is the only goal. Within The Way all other things, including peace, prosperity, and victory, ensue with the inevitability of water flowing down hill.

Some of these teachings are clear enough, though, and applicable immediately in today's world. "In early spring, ... pregnant animals are not to be killed and birds' eggs are not to be taken." Natural and agricultural resources need to be managed properly in order to stay productive for the long term. It's a lesson that is too rarely remembered in modern policy-making, when resources must be stretched to feed so many more people. Elsewhere, the Huainan masters direct their invasion forces not to destroy resources or plunder the populace, in order to keep the majority's good will after a change of regime. They knew this over two thousand years ago, but we're still applying the lesson only poorly today.

This isn't in the first rank of Taoist writings, but it's a readable and worthwhile addition for anyone who wants to dig a bit deeper. It complements Sun Tzu and Mo Tzu as much as it does Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu. It gives a little extra perspective on today's world, too.

//wiredweird

PS: This book's content also appears as one section of a larger collection, Cleary's "The Taoist Classics, Volume I."
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e6da984) out of 5 stars up there with the bible 16 Dec. 1999
By E. Rivera - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
i read on the subject of eastern philosophy and the book of leadership and strategy is one that encompasses a typical taoist thought. very informative, and makes more sense than most holy books. thomas cleary is on my list of authors
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e0c31e0) out of 5 stars This Book is every bit as good as the Art of War by Thomas clearly 6 Dec. 2015
By John Rickett - Published on Amazon.com
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This Book is every bit as good as the Art of War by Thomas clearly. If you don't know what The Art of war is or sun tzu you better start there. They people character assessments are dead on in this book. Like some people are nice enough but steal. This I have found is so true with people who are very very nice but if given the chance they will steal. That is just one of many Assessments. Put this book together with The Art of War and your well on your way to being a great leader.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e2f557c) out of 5 stars It a another Great Treasure. 6 Feb. 2008
By R. Fraire - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book of Huainanz is full of wisdom. It pretty simply to apply in all aspect of life & business world too. I am a student now, studying this chinese masters has help me reach a new level of understanding.
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