The Art of War has provided military leaders with battlefield tactics, notes on managing troops, and using cunning to survive in battle. Divided into two parts, the first features the core text; the second presents the same text with running commentary from the canon of traditional Chinese commentators and others. 325 pages, softcover.
The worlds most famous military treatise, in an acclaimed translation
For more than two thousand years, Sun-tzu's The Art of War has provided leaders with essential advice on battlefield tactics and management strategies. An elemental part of Chinese culture, it has also become a touchstone for the Western struggle for survival and success, whether in battle, in business, or in relationships. Now, in this crisp, accessible translation, eminent scholar John Minford brings this seminal work to life for today's readers. Capturing the literary quality of the work, Minford presents the core text in two formats: first, the unadorned ancient words of wisdom ascribed to Sun-tzu; then, the same text with extensive running commentary from the canon of traditional Chinese commentators. A lively, learned introduction and other valuable apparatus round out this authoritative volume.
Little is known 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 work, The Art of War, has been one of the central works of Chinese literature for 2500 years.
John Minford (editor/translator) is the translator of the acclaimed Penguin Classics edition of I, Ching and a professor of Chinese at the Australian National University in Canberra.
"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