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The Art of War [Blackstone Version] | [Sun-Tzu, translation by John Minford]

The Art of War [Blackstone Version]

For more than two thousand years, The Art of War has stood as a cornerstone of Chinese culture, a lucid epigrammatic text that reveals as much about human psychology, politics, and economics as it does about battlefield strategy. The influence of Sun-Tzu's text has grown tremendously in the West in recent years, with military leaders, politicians, and corporate executives alike finding valuable insight in these ancient words.
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For more than two thousand years, The Art of War has stood as a cornerstone of Chinese culture, a lucid epigrammatic text that reveals as much about human psychology, politics, and economics as it does about battlefield strategy. The influence of Sun-Tzu's text has grown tremendously in the West in recent years, with military leaders, politicians, and corporate executives alike finding valuable insight in these ancient words.

In this crisp, accessible new translation, eminent scholar John Minford brings this seminal work to life, presenting the core text in two formats, first the unadorned 13 chapters of the original work by Sun-Tzu followed by the same text with extensive running commentary by classical Chinese scholars as well as Minford himself. The result is an opportunity for Western readers to experience Sun-Tzu's work in all its intensity as it applies to many aspects of our lives.

Translation ©2002 John Minford; (P)2008 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Modern warriors, warrior-wannabes, and world leaders would be advised to heed Sun-tzu's wisdom. Reader Lorna Raver's skill with voices adds to the inscrutable nature of the text and increases the listener's attention." (AudioFile)

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    Douglas Atlanta, GA, United States 03-08-14
    Douglas Atlanta, GA, United States 03-08-14 Member Since 2011

    I like to read but listening is better.

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    "Worth Reading but Not Life-Altering"

    I downloaded this book and Machiavelli's "The Prince" at the same time. Having now read both, I feel that at this point what has been written and said about these famous works is probably more significant than the works themselves. Unlike Machiavelli's work, "The Art of War" is at least interesting throughout. It's fairly brief, but always intriguing.

    In the case of this particular version, the commentary on the work (included as part of the audiobook) is much more extensive than the work itself. For anyone who would listen to this version in the future, I would recommend listening to both "parts" of the audiobook.

    Listen to the introduction, as that allows you to get some background and facts about the work. Then listen to the unannotated version so that you can form your own ideas about it. Many readers would be inclined to stop there but I would suggest going on to part II. Don't let the length of part II (almost 7 hours long) deter you from giving it a try. It definitely helps to bring depth to the work and it's interesting to hear the different commentators' theories.

    I was somewhat surprised that I never tired of the commentary. I feel like I got much more out of this audiobook than I would have if I had stopped after part I. I really wish the audiobook of "The Prince" had included a similar annotated version along with the unannotated work.

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    Michael Sydney, Australia 02-09-12
    Michael Sydney, Australia 02-09-12 Member Since 2007

    Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.

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    "Not an easy book to listen to."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Perhaps I would make the book a study rather than just listening to it.


    What was most disappointing about Sun-Tzu and translation by John Minford ’s story?

    Very disjointed and repetitive.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Lorna Raver and Ray Porter did an excellent job.


    Did The Art of War [Blackstone Version] inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, buy the book, and study it and then come back to the audible version another time.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Drew San Antonio, TX, USA 12-13-07
    Drew San Antonio, TX, USA 12-13-07
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    "Annoying narration"

    I could not get in the book because of the narrator...It just annoyed the heck out of me...Good book...Read the hardback...

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Francisco Mexico, D.F.Mexico 10-15-06
    Francisco Mexico, D.F.Mexico 10-15-06 Member Since 2005
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    "tough concentration required"

    My expectations were not accomplished. It is a tough reading or listening because there are so many data that is perfect for an investigator but not for somebody that needs practical knowledge. To long and not so practical, after this book you need to look for another that translate the wide base of the first in a practical knowledge.

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    Joe 06-27-10
    Joe 06-27-10 Member Since 2005
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    "So disappointing"

    I had high hopes for this work. I got little out of it. I expected timeless truths and wisdom. I got things like : Don't attack when your men are tired, Don't camp with a river behind you....
    That is brilliant advice i suppose but nothing earth shattering.

    Perhaps it was the layout and delivery of the content. Tedious 'so-and-so from here-and-such translates what so-and-so says....' was too much for me after a while. Maybe in written form this is worth looking at but i don't feel it's worth a listen in audio format.

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    Lori Huntsville, AL, USA 02-13-08
    Lori Huntsville, AL, USA 02-13-08
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    "Its Not What You Expect"

    I purchased this book because Steve Spurrier, teh famous football coach, noted this was one of his favorite books. I abandoned the audio files after 30 minutes out of pure boredom. If this is Steve Spurries best book it explains why the guy is so wierd. It's hours of one-liners out of a chinese quote book.

    4 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Lakeland, TN, USA 04-19-05
    Jeff Lakeland, TN, USA 04-19-05
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    "Goodbook"

    Good book

    9 of 112 people found this review helpful
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