The Art of War : The New Illustrated Edition of the Classic Text, Hardback

The Art of War : The New Illustrated Edition of the Classic Text Hardback

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The masterpiece of the sage Sun Tzu is a military treatise written in China more than 2500 years ago.

He recognized that we live in a world of conflict, which could not be ignored or denied but had to be mastered and understood.

Sun Tzu's profound wisdom is not limited to military applications - his aphorisms offer important advice for dealing with other realms of human conflict, such as the pyschological tensions of everyday life and the difficulties of any joint endeavour, including business ventures.

Arranged into 13 chapters from Estimates to the Employment of Secret Agents, and enhanced by beautiful calligraphy, The Art of War is more relevant now than ever.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 256 pages, Illustrations (some col.)
  • Publisher: Watkins Media
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  • Category: Warfare & defence
  • ISBN: 9781844831791



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This is a beautiful and scholarly presentation of a truly elegant piece of ancient literature. Griffith puts forth his interpretation of "The Art of War" based on a revision of his Ph.D. thesis presented some years ago. Commentaries from several sources are included along side of Griffith's own translation. Footnotes are ubiquitous in the text explaining various discrepancies in interpretations, translations and historical contexts. There is a nicely-done introduction discussing various scholarly debates surrounding "The Art of War" including, original authorship, and date of creation. Beyond the content, the presentation of the book is beautiful. The cover is silk fabric with silk-screened golden Chinese characters on the cover. There is also an attached black ribbon bookmark. The pages are thick construction done with a glossy-print and includes many beautiful color plates placed throughout the text.Really, I believe this to be an exquisite presentation of this piece of literature. Not only is the presentation exceptional, the scholarly content is both attainable and interesting. This is an excellent piece to have in any library.

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