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The Art of War: The New Illustrated Edition (edition 2012)

by Sun Tzu, Samuel B. Griffith (Translator)

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Title:The Art of War: The New Illustrated Edition
Authors:Sun Tzu
Other authors:Samuel B. Griffith (Translator)
Info:Duncan Baird (2012), Edition: Ill, Hardcover, 272 pages
Collections:Your library, In Translation
Tags:ideas, china, war

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I did this as an Audible listen. I wasn't able to hear it really well because of the work I was doing while listening. So I plan to re-read my paperback version I own. ( )
  pnwbookgirl | Feb 11, 2017 |
During a sermon, the rabbi talked about this book and said that it was really a philosophy on how to live life. When I started reading it, I saw that it really is a book on how to wage war. Definitely not what I expected and definitely not a book I would ever want to read. ( )
  KamGeb | Jan 2, 2017 |
  This review is written with a GPL 3.0 license and the rights contained therein shall supersede all TOS by any and all websites in regards to copying and sharing without proper authorization and permissions. Crossposted at Bookstooge.booklikes.blogspot.wordpress.leafmarks.com by express permission of this reviewer   Title: The Art of War Series: None Author: Sun Tzu Translator: Lionel Giles Rating: 5 of 5 Stars Genre: Non-fiction Pages: 256   My Thoughts: This edition, the Falls River Edition, ISBN #9781435136731, is still the Lionel Giles translation. Thankfully, this has a No Commentary part.   The plain text of Sun Tzu's writings are short, pithy, to the point and yet are vague and general enough that anyone can apply them almost however they want. I can see why this book is popular. I kept wanting to write my own commentary on each of the verses.   I'm glad to have finally read this, unalloyed by others' thoughts and inane comments. " ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
  This review is written with a GPL 3.0 license and the rights contained therein shall supersede all TOS by any and all websites in regards to copying and sharing without proper authorization and permissions. Crossposted at Bookstooge.booklikes.blogspot.wordpress.leafmarks.com by express permission of this reviewer    Title: The Art of War Series: None Author: Sun Tzu Translator: Lionel Giles & Bob Sutton Rating: 1/2 of 5 Stars Genre: Non-fiction Pages: 155   My Thoughts: This version,the Kindle Free Edition  [ASIN #B0084B050M], is the Lionel Giles translation [which seems to be 'just' about all there is out there] with his commentary and commentary from random Chinese literary figures.   My 1/2 Star rating was because the text was almost a solid wall of text, not differentiating in any way Sun Tzu's writings and the commentaries. Nor were there paragraph breaks, nor real chapter breaks. These formatting factors made it almost impossible to read this.   The other main reason I gave this 1/2 Star was because of the commentaries themselves. Giles is an ass, period. I suspect he was an insufferable bore back whenever he was alive and that tone comes through in his commentary. Thank goodness he is dead and not ruining more historical texts today.   I am not in any way rating, reviewing or commenting on Sun Tzu's actual work, as it was impossible to do so with this edition. That being said, I did pick up another edition at Barnes and Noble's that has the non-commentary version included. Not quite the version I was looking for, but good enough for now. Hopefully with that edition I can actually talk about the text itself. " ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
An exceptionally short read, The Art of War was written by Sun Tzu who was a brilliant Chinese general, military strategist, and philosopher. While the book outlines the intricacies of military strategy, many concepts within can easily be extrapolated onto our lives today. For example, it was said by Sun Tzu that in order to conquer, one must "concentrate [their] energy and hoard [their] strength." This, in modern terms could be said as "Focus, and choose your battles wisely." This is just one of dozens of examples that occur throughout the novel, which is why I would recommend the book to anybody interested in military strategy, or even philosophy. ( )
  dbhatia | Nov 9, 2016 |
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Sun Tzuova knjiga Umeće ratovanja, je jedno od najznačajnijih klasičnih kineskih dela.

Ova knjiga ne sadrži ni jednu zastarelu maksimu ili nejasno uputstvo. Najbolje je pobediti bez borbe, rekao je Sun Tzu. Za njega je rat bio sastavni deo života.

Pažljivo pročitajte ovu knjigu, i sve savremene knjige koje govore o upravljanju državom više vam se neće činiti dostojne pažnje.
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Ralph Sawyer has produced a lively translation, with a historical essay and explanatory notes, of Sun-tzu’s classic work.
Sun-tzu has nothing to teach us about the technological aspects of war or the logistics required to feed a modern army, and his work obviously cannot speak to certain complex political relations between modern nations. But Sun-tzu’s book has much value, for it says a lot about how a commander should approach his enemy, how he should decide to attack or to retreat, how to outsmart an enemy, and what it takes to be victorious. He presents his ideas in a logical, principled way that is consistent with his deeper philosophy of nature.

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Tzu, Sunprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ames, Roger T.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brick, ScottNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cleary, Thomas F.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Denma Translation GroupTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Frasier, ShellyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Galvin, DallasEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Giles, LionelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gimian, JamesTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Griffith, Samuel B.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Heath, DaveNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Huang, J. H.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hulskramer, GeorgeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Karkkolainen, HeikkiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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War is a howling, baying jackal.
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The art of war is of vital importance to the State.
Translator's Introduction: According to an old story, a lord of ancient China once asked his physician, a member of a family of healers, which of them was the most skilled in the art.
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Sun Tzu believed that even before considering a confrontation—for whatever purpose—it is essential to Calculate a complete analysis of the situation.
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Introduction:  It is an unusual book that was written 2500 years ago in an impenetrable classical language and yet figures on the recommended reading list of the United States Marine Corps.
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A battle that cannot be won is not worth fighting.
All warfare is based on deception.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0195014766, Paperback)

Like Machiavelli's The Prince and the Japanese Book of Five Rings, Sun Tzu's The Art of War is as timely for business people today as it was for military strategists in ancient China. Written in China more than 2,000 years ago, Sun Tzu's classic The Art of War is the first known study of the planning and conduct of military operations. These terse, aphoristic essays are unsurpassed in comprehensiveness and depth of understanding, examining not only battlefield maneuvers, but also relevant economic, political, and psychological factors. Indeed, the precepts outlined by Sun Tzu regularly applied outside the realm of military theory. It is read avidly by Japanese businessmen and was touted in the movie Wall Street as the corporate raider's bible.

Providing a much-needed translation of this classic, Samuel Griffith has made this powerful and unique work even more relevant to the modern world. Including an explanatory introduction and selected commentaries on the work, this edition makes Sun Tzu's timeless classic perfectly accessible to modern readers.

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El Arte de la Guerra es el mejor libro de estrategia de todos los tiempos. Inspiro a Napoleon, Maquiavelo, Mao Tse Tung, y muchas mas figuras historicas. Este libro de dos mil quinientos a?os de antiguedad es uno de los mas importantes textos clasicos Chinos, en el que, a pesar del tiempo transcurrido, ninguna de sus maximas ha quedado anticuada, ni hay un solo consejo que hoy no sea util. Pero la obra del general Sun-tzu no es unicamente un libro de practica militar, sino un tratado que ense?a la estrategia suprema de aplicar con sabiduria el conocimiento de la naturaleza humana en los momentos de confrontacion. No es, por tanto, un libro sobre la guerra; es una obra para comprender las raices de un conflicto y buscar una solucion. ?La mejor victoria es vencer sin combatir,? nos dice Sun-tzu, ?y esa es la distincion entre el hombre prudente y el ignorante.?… (more)

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