The art of war

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Shambhala, Oct 26, 1988 - Family & Relationships - 172 pages
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Compiled more than two thousand years ago by a mysterious warrior-philosopher, The Art of War is still perhaps the most prestigious and influential book of strategy in the world today, as eagerly studied in Asia by modern politicians and executives as it as been by military leaders since ancient times. As a study of the anatomy of organizations in conflict, The Art of War applies to competition and conflict in general, on every level from the interpersonal to the international. Its aim is invincibility, victory without battle, and unassailable strength through understanding of the physics, politics, and psychology of conflict. This translation presents the classic from the point of view of its background in the great spiritual tradition of Taoism, the origin of psychology, science, and technology in East Asia and the source of the insights into human nature that underlie this most revered of handbooks for success. Translated from a standard collection of commentaries on Sun Tzu's text by eleven interpreters, the work has been edited by Thomas Cleary to bring out the meaning of the principles of strategy. In addition, the translator provides an extensive introduction discussing the content and background of the book.

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A classic, undoubtedly with certain pieces of advice that seem to be relevant even in this day and age. Read full review

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Sometimes when it comes to problem solving, the only thing we lack is "strategy." This is the best book for people who lack, or need insight on how to be more strategic in their daily routines. Read full review

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Contents

Translators Introduction
1
The Structure and Content of The Art of War
17
Historical Background
27
The Commentators
30
The Translation
33
Strategic Assessments
41
Doing Battle
57
Planning a Siege
66
Emptiness and Fullness
100
Armed Struggle
114
Adaptations
125
Maneuvering Armies
130
Terrain
143
Nine Grounds
148
Fire Attack
164
On the Use of Spies
168

Formation
84
Force
93
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The warrior-philosopher and master strategist Sun Tzu, about whom little is known, compiled The Art of War more than two thousand years ago. Legend has it that he was known for the brilliant campaigns he led around the time of Confucius. His work was memorized and passed down orally, before eventually being copied onto bamboo strips and passed around.

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