This book on the thoughts of Zhuge Liang and Liu Ji is a must have for anyone who owns the the original works of Sun Tzu. Zhuge Liang's thougths on the successful running of a state, and Liu Ji's moralistic anecdotes tell of the ways to extend the original theories of Sun Tzu, then explaining them with stories from the time, showing how they were put to good advantage by ancient martial strategists. All in all, a superior work by both of the martial masters Zhuge Liang, and Liu Ji.
Not only is this volume a great companion for those who have read the Art of War (Sun Tzu) but also for any one intrested in Chinese war over a wider period. The volume has good introduction setting the work in context with the art of war and other books such as the I Ching. The introduction also gives a history of its two writers and their careers. The actual books are packed with examples of the sucsesfull aplication of the art of war and were failiures have occured that were needless. All in all a must read for any one who has read the art of war or is intrested in Chinese history.