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Author Sunzi, active 6th century B.C.

Uniform Title Sunzi bing fa. English
Title The art of war = [Sunzi bing fa] / Sun-tzu ; translated, with introductions and commentary by Ralph D. Sawyer ; with the collaboration of Mei-Chun Lee Sawyer.

Imprint Boulder : Westview Press, 1994.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 3rd Floor Stacks  355.02 Su74a 1994    ---  Billed
Description 375 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Series History and warfare
History and warfare.
Note Parallel title in Chinese characters.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
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.
Summary 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.
Subject Military art and science -- Early works to 1800.
Added Author Sawyer, Ralph D.
Sawyer, Mei-Chun.
Added Title Sunzi bing fa
ISBN 081331951X

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