"Thomas Cleary's translation of Sun Tzu's 2,000 years old The Art of War makes immediately relevant one of the greatest Chinese classical texts. Th ere's not a dated maxim or vague prescription in it. 'To win without fighting is best, ' Sun Tzu said. For him war was coeval. Absorb this book, and you can throw out all those contemporary books about managerial leadership".--Newsweek.
Compiled more than 2000 years ago by a mysterious warrior-philosopher, this is a book of strategy. Studied by modern politicians and executives and military leaders since ancient times, this is a study of competition and conflict on every level, from the interpersonal to the international. Cleary's translation brings out the insights into human nature that underlie this book.;Thomas Cleary holds a doctorate in East Asian Languages and Civilisation from Harvard University and is the translator of many classic texts of Buddhism, Taoism and "I Ching" studies.
A mini-sized translation of the 2000-year-old Chinese classic on stategy, whose ideas, which are as applicable to individuals as to whole armies, are just as relevant today as they were then - although more often applied to management or politics than to warfare. There are maxims and analysis on any topic a corporate warrior could ponder, including strategic assessment, doing battle, planning a siege, terrain and even the use of spies. A timeless gem. (Kirkus UK)
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Reviewed by Andrew from Johannesburg on 20 July 2011
85 of 142 people found the following review helpful:
Please advise in the main section that this is a tiny, mini very, very little book. I would never had bought it had i known that it was so small and abridged
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Reviewed by Marcelle on 11 April 2011
198 of 389 people found the following review helpful:
The book was written by the Chinese philosopher over +- 2000 years ago. His teachings and way of thought are still current and could be interpreted into today's world.
This is a brilliant strategical guide.
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