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The Art of War (Paperback): Sunzi The Art of War (Paperback)
Sunzi
R105 R88 Discovery Miles 880 Save R17 (16%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Widely regarded as "The Oldest Military Treatise in the World," this compact little book, written more than 2,500 years ago, today retains much of its original authoritative merit. American officers during World War II read it closely. The Japanese army studied the work for decades, and many twentieth-century Chinese officers are said to have known the book by heart. Maintaining that "all warfare is based on deception" and that "in war . . . let your great object be victory, not lengthy campaigns," the author adds: "That general is skillful in attack whose opponent does not know what to defend; and he is skillful in defense whose opponent does not know what to attack." Principles of strategy, tactics, maneuvering, communication, and supplies; the use of terrain, fire, and the seasons of the year; the classification and utilization of spies; the treatment of soldiers, including captives, all have a modern ring to them. The author even provides rules for the "blitzkrieg," prefacing them with the words that "rapidity is the essence of war." Still a valuable guide to the conduct of war, this volume will be indispensable to military students and of interest to all those fascinated by military history. Unabridged republication of the edition published by The Military Service Publishing Company, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 1944.

The Art of War - Sun Zi's Military Methods (Paperback): Sunzi The Art of War - Sun Zi's Military Methods (Paperback)
Sunzi; Translated by Victor Mair
R309 R259 Discovery Miles 2 590 Save R50 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Compiled during the Warring States period of 475-221 B.C.E., "The Art of War" has had an enormous impact on the development of Chinese military strategy over the past two thousand years and occupies an important place in East Asian intellectual history. It is the first known attempt to formulate a rational basis for the planning and conduct of military operations, and while numerous editions of the work exist, Victor Mair's translation is the first to remain true to the original structure and essential style of the text.

Mair's fidelity to the original, along with his insightful commentary and reliance on archaeologically recovered manuscripts, breaks new ground in solving "The Art of War"'s difficult textual and contextual problems. He confronts complex questions concerning the authorship of the work, asserting that Sun Wu, a supposed strategist of the Spring and Autumn period (770-476 B.C.E.) to whom the text is traditionally attributed, never existed. Instead, Mair claims that "The Art of War" coalesced over a period of around seventy-five years, from the middle of the fourth century to the first quarter of the third century B.C.E.

Mair also reveals the way "The Art of War" reflects historical developments in technological and military strategy in civilizations throughout Eurasia, especially in regards to iron metallurgy. He demonstrates the close link between the philosophy in "The Art of War" and Taoism and discusses the reception of the text from the classical period to today. Finally, Mair highlights previously unaddressed stylistic and statistical aspects and includes philological annotations that present new ways of approaching the intellectual and social background of the work. A phenomenal achievement, Mair's comprehensive translation is an indispensable resource for today's students, strategists, and scholars.

The Art of War - An Illustrated Edition (Paperback, An Illustrated): Sunzi The Art of War - An Illustrated Edition (Paperback, An Illustrated)
Sunzi; Illustrated by C.C. Tsai; Translated by Brian Bruya; Foreword by Lawrence Freedman
R463 R386 Discovery Miles 3 860 Save R77 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A delightfully illustrated version of Sunzi's classic The Art of War by bestselling cartoonist C. C. Tsai C. C. Tsai is one of Asia's most popular cartoonists, and his editions of the Chinese classics have sold more than 40 million copies in over twenty languages. This volume presents Tsai's delightful graphic adaptation of Sunzi's Art of War, the most profound book on warfare and strategy ever written--a work that continues to be read as a handbook for success not just by military commanders but also by leaders in politics, business, and many other fields. Conceived by a Chinese warrior-philosopher some 2,500 years ago, The Art of War speaks to those aspiring to rise through the ranks and help build successful countries. How can that goal best be achieved, and what is the role of warfare, if any, in the process? What are the powers and limits of the general in command? How can you win without going to war? Sunzi's answers to these and other questions are brought to life as never before by Tsai's brilliant cartoons, which show Sunzi fighting on dangerous ground, launching a surprise attack, spying on his enemies, and much more. A marvelously rich introduction to a timeless classic, this book also features a foreword by Lawrence Freedman, one of the world's leading authorities on military strategy, which illuminates how The Art of War has influenced Western strategic thought. In addition, Sunzi's original Chinese text is artfully presented in narrow sidebars on each page, enriching the books for readers and students of Chinese without distracting from the self-contained English-language cartoons. The text is skillfully translated by Brian Bruya, who also provides an introduction.

The Art of War - Sun Zi's Military Methods (Hardcover): Sunzi The Art of War - Sun Zi's Military Methods (Hardcover)
Sunzi; Translated by Victor Mair
R503 R415 Discovery Miles 4 150 Save R88 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Compiled during the Warring States period of 475-221 B.C.E., "The Art of War" has had an enormous impact on the development of Chinese military strategy over the past two thousand years and occupies an important place in East Asian intellectual history. It is the first known attempt to formulate a rational basis for the planning and conduct of military operations, and while numerous editions of the work exist, Victor Mair's translation is the first to remain true to the original structure and essential style of the text.

Mair's fidelity to the original, along with his insightful commentary and reliance on archaeologically recovered manuscripts, breaks new ground in solving "The Art of War"'s difficult textual and contextual problems. He confronts complex questions concerning the authorship of the work, asserting that Sun Wu, a supposed strategist of the Spring and Autumn period (770-476 B.C.E.) to whom the text is traditionally attributed, never existed. Instead, Mair claims that "The Art of War" coalesced over a period of around seventy-five years, from the middle of the fourth century to the first quarter of the third century B.C.E.

Mair also reveals the way "The Art of War" reflects historical developments in technological and military strategy in civilizations throughout Eurasia, especially in regards to iron metallurgy. He demonstrates the close link between the philosophy in "The Art of War" and Taoism and discusses the reception of the text from the classical period to today. Finally, Mair highlights previously unaddressed stylistic and statistical aspects and includes philological annotations that present new ways of approaching the intellectual and social background of the work. A phenomenal achievement, Mair's comprehensive translation is an indispensable resource for today's students, strategists, and scholars.

The Art of War - an ancient Chinese military treatise on military strategy and tactics attributed to the ancient Chinese... The Art of War - an ancient Chinese military treatise on military strategy and tactics attributed to the ancient Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu (Sin Zi - Souen Tseu) (Paperback, Complete and ed.)
Sun Tzu; Narrated by Souen Tseu; Sunzi
R272 R218 Discovery Miles 2 180 Save R54 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Sun-Tzu on the Art of War - The Oldest Military Treatise in the World (Sunzi for Language Learners, Volume 1) (Paperback): Sun... Sun-Tzu on the Art of War - The Oldest Military Treatise in the World (Sunzi for Language Learners, Volume 1) (Paperback)
Sun Tzu, Sunzi; Translated by Lionel Giles
R580 Discovery Miles 5 800 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This volume is the first of a 2 volume set aimed at making the important Chinese classic more accessible to students of the Chinese language. Volume 1 (this book) is a reprint of the original 1910 edition (published by Luzac & Co., London) of Sun Tzu on the Art of War: The Oldest Military Treatise in the World by Lionel Giles. The Chinese text, Giles' English translation, as well as his extensive notes are all faithfully reproduced. A Wade-Giles to Pinyin conversion table has been added to make the original classic more useful for the modern student. Volume 2, available separately, includes each chapter in Chinese traditional characters, the pinyin transcription, as well as the English translation.

Sun Tzu's Original Art of War - Special Bilingual Edition (Paperback): Sun Tzu, Sunzi Sun Tzu's Original Art of War - Special Bilingual Edition (Paperback)
Sun Tzu, Sunzi; Translated by Andrew W Zieger
R376 Discovery Miles 3 760 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This special bilingual edition of Sun Tzu's Original Art of War uses the best of archaeological and academic research to recover the original Chinese text and faithfully recreate it in English, eschewing the unnecessary wordiness and inaccurate abstractions that mar other English translations. Beautifully adorned with the original Chinese text, critics agree: Sun Tzu's Original Art of War brings the modern English reader as close as possible to experiencing Sun Tzu as his readers first did some 2500 years ago -- revealing the vivid, clear and simple military text Sun Tzu intended. Whether it's for the boardroom, the battlefield or cultural study, Sun Tzu's Original Art of War makes the brilliance of Sun Tzu plain for all to see.

The Book of War - The Military Classic of the Far East (The Articles of Suntzu; The Sayings of Wutzu) (Paperback): Sunzi, Wu The Book of War - The Military Classic of the Far East (The Articles of Suntzu; The Sayings of Wutzu) (Paperback)
Sunzi, Wu
R126 Discovery Miles 1 260 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
L'Art de la guerre (French, Paperback): Fb Editions L'Art de la guerre (French, Paperback)
Fb Editions; Sunzi
R279 Discovery Miles 2 790 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Sun Tzu's Original Art of War - Sun Zi Bing Fa Recovered from the Latest Archaelogical Discoveries (Special Bilingual... Sun Tzu's Original Art of War - Sun Zi Bing Fa Recovered from the Latest Archaelogical Discoveries (Special Bilingual Edition) (Hardcover)
Sun Tzu, Sunzi; Translated by Andrew W Zieger
R577 Discovery Miles 5 770 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Sun Tzu's Original Art of War is a remastering of the Chinese classic: using the latest archeological discoveries and modern translation techniques, this brand new translation -- prominently adorned with the latest reconstruction of the original Chinese -- updates the unnecessary wordiness and stodginess of traditional academic translations to bring the modern English reader as close as possible to experiencing Sun Tzu as his readers first did some 2500 years ago.

Eschewing the needlessly complex and inaccurately abstract phrasings that mar previous renditions, translator Andrew W. Zieger uses the latest academic research, analysis and methodology to to bring it all back to the simple military text Sun Tzu intended. Vivid, clear, somewhat poetic and at times spiritual: that is the voice of Sun Tzu.

Whether it's for the boardroom, the battlefield or cultural study, Sun Tzu's Original Art of War makes the brilliance of Sun Tzu plain for all to see.

The Art of War Lib/E (Standard format, CD, Library Edition): Sunzi The Art of War Lib/E (Standard format, CD, Library Edition)
Sunzi; Edited by James Clavell; Read by Simon Vance
R426 R337 Discovery Miles 3 370 Save R89 (21%) Out of stock
The Art of War (MP3 format, CD): Sunzi The Art of War (MP3 format, CD)
Sunzi; Edited by James Clavell; Read by Simon Vance
R405 R316 Discovery Miles 3 160 Save R89 (22%) Out of stock
The Book of War (Paperback): Sunzi The Book of War (Paperback)
Sunzi
R384 Discovery Miles 3 840 Out of stock
The Art of War (Standard format, CD): Sunzi The Art of War (Standard format, CD)
Sunzi; Edited by James Clavell; Read by Simon Vance
R367 R342 Discovery Miles 3 420 Save R25 (7%) Out of stock
The Art of War (Paperback): Active 6th Century B C Sunzi The Art of War (Paperback)
Active 6th Century B C Sunzi; Translated by Lionel Giles
R140 Discovery Miles 1 400 Out of stock
Art of War - Sun Tzu's Original Art of War Pocket Edition (Paperback): Sun Tzu, Sunzi Art of War - Sun Tzu's Original Art of War Pocket Edition (Paperback)
Sun Tzu, Sunzi; Translated by Andrew W Zieger
R109 Discovery Miles 1 090 Out of stock

TOP 5 ART OF WAR QUOTES

1. "Know your enemy and know yourself, win without danger."

2. "Knowing when to do battle and when not to do battle brings victory."

3. "Those skilled at making war subdue another 's army without battle, overcome another 's walled cities without attack, overthrow another 's kingdom without delay."

4. "Those who forego contemplation, merely expecting an enemy to be easy, will be captured by him."

5. "When doing battle, prizing victories that take too long dulls weapons and grinds down spirits."

From business to politics to sports, the Art of War is as timely for leaders today as it was for military strategists in ancient China: strategy, negotiation, management, analysis, psychology, logistics, risk, conflict -- everyone from Secretary of State Colin Powell to influential tech CEO Larry Ellison to NBA super-coach Phil Jackson has profited from the timeless wisdom of Sun Tzu's classic.

This special pocket edition of Sun Tzu's Original Art of War uses the most recent archaeological and academic research to recover the original Chinese text and faithfully recreate it in English, avoiding the unnecessary wordiness and inaccurate abstractions of other English translations.

"The Art of War is among the greatest classics of military literature ever written. Sun Tzu warfare is as applicable today as when the book was written some 2,500 years ago.... Pick up The Art of War and read it." General A.M. Gray, Marine Corps Gazette

"When the Japanese, especially those in business, want information on the subject, many turn to an ancient Chinese, not Japanese, military manual, The Art of War.... Shows managers how to be fearless in resolving conflicts." Boardroom Reports

"Unlike most of the more wordy and interpretive translations of the Sun Tzu, Andrew Zieger gives us a unique bare bones rendering of this canonical text a series of word pictures that, in applying his own image-to-image technique, captures the poetically laconic force of the original. In this rendering, the Sun Tzu has not needed to surrender the beauty of its language for the victorious expression of its meaning." Roger T. Ames, Leading scholar in ancient Chinese literature and translator of "Sun Tzu: The Art of Warfare" (1993)

"A highly accessible rendering of the influential work of military theory. Successfully evokes the careful, meditative response Sun- Tzu recommends to would be war-makers. Of use to anyone engaged in competitive endeavors, be they on the battlefield or at the poker table." Martin Harris, Poker journalist and author of the novel Same Difference (2010)

L'art de la guerre - traite de strategie militaire chinois, datant de la periode des Printemps et Automnes et attribue au... L'art de la guerre - traite de strategie militaire chinois, datant de la periode des Printemps et Automnes et attribue au stratege Sun Zi (Sun Tzu). (French, Paperback)
Sunzi, Souen Tseu; Translated by Jean-Joseph Marie Amiot Marie Amiot
R180 Discovery Miles 1 800 Out of stock
L'art de la guerre - L'Art de la guerre est un court traite de strategie militaire chinois, datant de la periode des... L'art de la guerre - L'Art de la guerre est un court traite de strategie militaire chinois, datant de la periode des Printemps et Automnes et attribue au stratege Sun Zi (Sun Tzu). (French, Paperback)
Joseph Marie Amiot; Narrated by Sunzi, Souen Tseu
R176 Discovery Miles 1 760 Out of stock
l'art de la guerre (French, Paperback): Jean-Joseph-Marie Amiot l'art de la guerre (French, Paperback)
Jean-Joseph-Marie Amiot; Narrated by Sun-Tse, Sunzi
R138 Discovery Miles 1 380 Out of stock
l'art de la guerre - les treize articles (French, Paperback): Jean-Joseph-Marie Amiot l'art de la guerre - les treize articles (French, Paperback)
Jean-Joseph-Marie Amiot; Narrated by Sun-Tse, Sunzi
R166 Discovery Miles 1 660 Out of stock
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