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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Drew
  • San Antonio, TX, USA
  • 12-13-07

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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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.

5 of 14 people found this review helpful

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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.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Lori
  • Huntsville, AL, USA
  • 02-13-08

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

Goodbook

Good book

9 of 112 people found this review helpful