The Essential Art of War

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The Essential Art of War

Sun-Tzu Ping-Fa

Publisher: Basic Books (AZ)Format: Hardcover

Ralph D. Sawyer is the preeminent scholar and translator on Sun-tzu's masterful work. More than 200,000 copies of his “Sun-tzu Art of War” and more than 55,000 copies of “The Complete Art of War” have been sold. The “Art of War” is the most famous study of strategy ever written and has had an extraordinary influence on the history of warfare. “The Essential Art of War” brings Sun-tzu's classic work to a new, uninitiated readership. This clear and compact volume presumes no prior knowledge of the subject and presents only the material that is essential to understanding this text. Using his best-selling “Art of War” translation as the centerpiece, Sawyer has re-approached every chapter to include an introduction and closing commentary that deliver the key concepts. An introduction to the volume on the relevance of Sun-tzu's teachings, a chronology, historical background on the translation itself, and a bibliographic essay are also included. “The Essential Art of War” is presented in an attractive 208-page hardcover volume with foiled jacket, stamped case, and ribbon marker, in a convenient gift size.

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