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on 18 January 1998
Great book. It's full of valuable information and provides solid examples of what Sun-Tzu wrote about. The historical background that is given in the beginning is worth reading all by itself. It's also a really good translation. Some translators do more than just translating, and as a consequence they skew meanings left and right, leaving the book a poor mess. This is not the case here. The only drawback is the mass of notes. Most are only comments on why some character is interpreted one way or the other, and while that may be interesting for sinologists and linguists, it is merely burdensome for the reader interested in the military theory of the book. Some of the notes do also offer information not known to one unfamiliar with the period, and make the book that much better. Overall, if you want to read Sun Pin, read this translation. If you don't even know who Sun Pin is, read this book.
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