An illuminating new look at the classic primer on warfare.
Distinguishing itself from many previous versions, this
contemporary translation of Sun-Tzu's landmark text acknowledges
the work first and foremost as a masterpiece of military strategy.
Translator Ralph Sawyer provides the most detailed introduction and
commentary yet offered on the text, its author, and his age. Get
inside the head of Sun-Tzu, and find out which significant
historical battles influenced his thinking. Sawyer's exhaustive
biographical research helps you separate the myth from the elusive
man himself. Immerse yourself in the mindset of the Chinese
military organization through an extensive overview of its history
as well as its tactical use of chariots, horse and cavalry, armor
and shields, and swords. Several supplementary sections illuminate
relevant portions of the recently discovered tomb texts and "lost
writings," reputed to be earlier variants of the standard version.
A glossary identifies figures and terms for the convenience of
readers unfamiliar with Chinese history and writings.
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