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The art of war = [Sunzi bing fa]

Author: Sunzi; Ralph D Sawyer; Mei-Chün Sawyer
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Conference publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This work is the most famous study of military strategy ever written and has had an extraordinary influence on the history of warfare. Its principles were used by Mao Tse-tung, General Vo Ngyuen Giap, and Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto. First translated two hundred years ago, it has been credited with influencing Napoleon, the German general staff, and even the planning for Operation Desert Storm. Today, Western  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Early works
Early works to 1800
Material Type: Conference publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sunzi; Ralph D Sawyer; Mei-Chün Sawyer
ISBN: 9780813319513 081331951X
OCLC Number: 747432000
Notes: Parallel title in Chinese characters.
Description: 375 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Preface --
A note on the translation and pronunciation --
Chronology of approximate dynastic periods --
General introduction and historical background --
Introduction --
The art of war in translation. 1. Initial estimations --
2. Waging war --
3. Planning offensives --
4. Military disposition --
5. Strategic military power --
6. Vacuity and substance --
7. Military combat --
8. Nine changes --
9. Maneuvering the army --
10. Configurations of terrain --
11. Nine terrains --
12. Incendiary attacks --
13. Employing spies --
Tomb texts and lost writings --
Notes to the general introduction and historical background --
Selected notes to the introduction --
Notes to the translation --
Notes to the tomb texts and lost writings --
Selected bibliography --
Glossary --
Index.
Other Titles: Sunzi bing fa.
Sunzi bing fa
Responsibility: Sun-tzu ; translated, with introductions and commentary by Ralph D. Sawyer ; with the collaboration of Mei-Chün Lee Sawyer.

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This work is the most famous study of military strategy ever written and has had an extraordinary influence on the history of warfare. Its principles were used by Mao Tse-tung, General Vo Ngyuen Giap, and Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto. First translated two hundred years ago, it has been credited with influencing Napoleon, the German general staff, and even the planning for Operation Desert Storm. Today, Western businessmen and other are turning to it for inspiration and advice on how to succeed in competitive situations of all kinds. Unlike other editions currently available, this translation make use of the best available classical Chinese manuscripts, including the ancient tomb text version discovered by archaeologists at Linyi, China. The author places this classic work of strategy in its proper historical context by supplying a portrait of Sun-Tzu's era and outlining several battles of the period that may have either influenced him or been conducted by him.

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