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The complete art of war /
Sun-tzu, Sun Pin ; translated, with historical introduction and commentary, by Ralph D. Sawyer ; with the collaboration of Mei-chün Lee Sawyer.
imprint
Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, 1996.
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xv, 304 p.
ISBN
0813330858 (hc)
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About the Author
BIH Author Biography
Ralph D. Sawyer is an accomplished businessman, imaginative entrepreneur, and iconoclastic scholar. He has spent many years as a consultant to American companies seeking to do better business in the Far East. The translator of the definitive English versions of many of the ancient Chinese military writings, he is currently working on the first general history of Chinese warfare with his wife, Mei-chun Lee Sawyer.
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Presented here together for the first time are the greatest of the ancient Chinese classics of strategic thought: The Complete Art of War. Probably the most famous work of strategy ever written, Sun Tzu's Art of War has sold millions of copies in many languages around the world. Lost for over two thousand years and only recently recovered, the Military Methods of Sun Pin (Sun Tzu's great-grandson) is a brilliant elaboration on his ancestor's work. Only The Complete Art of War brings the wisdom of these two ancient sages into a single volume and gives the reader a unique opportunity to master the essentials of Chinese thought on strategy, organization, and leadership. The Sun family writings on strategy have proven their value through the ages, and they continue to reward careful study. By unveiling the complex, often unexpected, interrelationships of armies locked in battle, they reveal the enduring principles of success in the struggle of life itself. With a practical index to the essential principles of strategy, and Ralph Sawyer's thoughtful chapter-by-chapter commentaries, The Complete Art of War is designed to bring the reader new insights into the nature of human conflict. Whether it is playing the game of politics or building a successful marriage, closing a deal or managing a large organization, making war or even making peace, The Complete Art of War stands as one of the ultimate guides to a deeper understanding of human affairs.
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Appeared in Choice on 1996-12-01:
The Complete Art of War should be in every library. By combining Sun-tzu's Art of War and Sun Pin's Military Methods, Ralph Sawyer has given readers a masterful and stimulating work. Clear, complete, and accompanied by excellent commentary, the book can be studied, analyzed, and enjoyed on many levels. For those interested in military science and discipline, it is a classic; for those interested in organization and leadership, it is insightful and challenging; for those interested in marketing and even advertising, it is perspicacious and vital. The Complete Art of War focuses on that most human of activities, and echoes the words of Sun-tzu, "Warfare is the greatest affair of state, the basis of life and death, the way to survival or extinction. It must be thoroughly pondered and analyzed." Given the relevance of its reverberations with modern life, it is sometimes difficult to appreciate that these works were written more than 2,000 years ago. General and academic readers. C. Potholm II Bowdoin College
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The Sun family writings on strategy represent a unique contribution to our understanding of human affairs. The Complete Art of War is the first time that these 2 great ancient Chinese classics of strategic thought have been brought together.
Main Description
Sun Tzu's Art of War is the most famous, and the most thought-provoking, work of strategy ever written. The profound insights of this book have endured for over two thousand years, and they continue to reward careful study. The Military Methods of Sun Pin, the great-grandson of Sun Tzu, is a brilliant elaboration on his ancestor's work, which has been lost for nearly two millennia. Presented here together for the first time are the greatest of the ancient Chinese classics of strategic thought: The Complete Art of War. The Sun family writings on strategy represent a unique contribution to our understanding of human affairs. By unveiling the complex, often unexpected, interrelationships of armies locked in battle, their wisdom reveals the enduring principles of success in the struggle of life itself.With a unique index to the essential principles of strategy, and Sawyer's thoughtful chapter-by-chapter commentaries, The Complete Art of War is designed to guide the reader to new insights into the nature of human conflict and a greater understanding of every field of human activity, from playing the game of politics to building a successful marriage, from closing a deal to managing a large organization, and even from making war to making peace.
Main Description
Sun Tzu'sArt of Waris the most famous, and the most thought-provoking, work of strategy ever written. The profound insights of this book have endured for over two thousand years, and they continue to reward careful study. TheMilitary Methodsof Sun Pin, the great-grandson of Sun Tzu, is a brilliant elaboration on his ancestor's work, which has been lost for nearly two millennia. Presented here together for the first time are the greatest of the ancient Chinese classics of strategic thought:The Complete Art of War.The Sun family writings on strategy represent a unique contribution to our understanding of human affairs. By unveiling the complex, often unexpected, interrelationships of armies locked in battle, their wisdom reveals the enduring principles of success in the struggle of life itself.With a unique index to the essential principles of strategy, and Sawyer's thoughtful chapter-by-chapter commentaries,The Complete Art of Waris designed to guide the reader to new insights into the nature of human conflict and a greater understanding of every field of human activity, from playing the game of politics to building a successful marriage, from closing a deal to managing a large organization, and even from making war to making peace.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. x
A Note on Pronunciationp. xiv
Chronology of Approximate Dynastic Periodsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Sun-Tzu Art of War: Translation and Commentaryp. 37
Initial Estimationsp. 39
Waging Warp. 45
Planning Offensivesp. 49
Military Dispositionp. 55
Strategic Military Powerp. 61
Vacuity and Substancep. 67
Military Combatp. 75
Nine Changesp. 81
Maneuvering the Armyp. 87
Configurations of Terrainp. 95
Nine Terrainsp. 101
Incendiary Attacksp. 113
Employing Spiesp. 117
Nine Configurations and Two Questions (Passages from the T'Ung Tien)p. 123
Sun Pin Military Methods: Translation and Commentaryp. 133
Capture of P'Ang Ch?anp. 135
Audience with King Weip. 139
The Questions of King Weip. 143
T'Ien Chi Inquires about Fortificationsp. 151
Selecting the Troopsp. 157
Lunar Warfarep. 161
Eight Formationsp. 165
Treasures of Terrainp. 171
Preparation of Strategic Powerp. 175
Nature of the Armyp. 181
Implementing Selectionp. 185
Killing Officersp. 189
Expanding Ch'Ip. 193
Offices, Ip. 201
Strengthening the Armyp. 209
Ten Deploymentsp. 213
Ten Questionsp. 221
Regulating Mailed Troopsp. 229
Distinction between Guest and Hostp. 231
Those Who Excelp. 237
Five Names, Five Respectsp. 241
The Army's Lossesp. 245
The General's Righteousnessp. 251
The General's Virtuep. 255
The General's Defeatsp. 259
The General's Lossesp. 263
Male and Female Citiesp. 267
Five Criteria, Nine Seizingsp. 273
The Dense and Diffusep. 277
Unorthodox and Orthodoxp. 283
Five Instructionsp. 289
Employing Cavalry (supplement from the T'Ung Tien)p. 293
Attacking the Heart (A T'Ai-P'Ing Y?-Lan Fragment)p. 297
Index of Strategic Concepts and Tactical Principlesp. 299
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