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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (68,056 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sun-tzu Narrator: Lorna Raver and Ray Porter Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2004 ISBN:
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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.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark Papa | 2/20/2014

    " The rating reflects the terrible edition I read rather than the text. It wasn`t even this edition, but an Indian one with very poorly translated commentary published by Classic Library. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles Volchansky | 2/17/2014

    " One of the great classical works. Many believe that the subject of this work pertains only to war, sports, and business. Yet this work provides insight to relationships. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Crystal Wallar | 2/17/2014

    " I will have to reread this. Not good choice after reading The Life of Pi. I'll give if another shot down the road & see how I feel then. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hollie Bush | 2/12/2014

    " Not a difficult read per se, but some parts were more difficult than others in terms of finding relevance to my modern life. I did however learn that by decapitating two poor performers you make the remainder of the group into better performers. As a manager I found this to be a very helpful bit of information. Now where's my guillotine? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skedatt | 2/10/2014

    " I found it quite fascinating, though I skipped most of the commentary. It seemed that Sun Tzu had a lot of understanding of people and how they work. Some of the things I could find immensely useful (mainly in understanding others), others much less so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scot Quaranda | 2/4/2014

    " Just re-read this after watching John Woo's masterpiece "Red Cliff" which was a great way to see a visual representation of the concepts put forward in this classic tome. I think this is the third or fourth time I have read the Art of War and each time I pull something new from it, this time by having a greater understanding of or probably better put, more time studying the Tao Te Ching, I could grok action/inaction, fight/retreat, and more of the contradictory dualities put forward. Worth the quick read even if only a line or two sinks in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mloy | 1/18/2014

    " Pretty darn good but a lot of the ideas just go over my head. Good thing that the other half of the book included interpretations of the passages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Goldie | 1/16/2014

    " Tantalizing read. A must for everyone! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Saxon Bennett | 1/2/2014

    " interesting insight into how early warfare worked and what to do and not to do under certain circumstances--a lot of this stuff is still pertinent today which makes me go hmmm... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Oana | 12/15/2013

    " While the book presents great military tactics and solutions, there are some pieces of advice that can be applied in many modern contexts, not necessarily in the military field - and I really liked that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerry | 11/29/2013

    " Thomas Cleary is my favorite translator of the Chinese classics. This book is no exception. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aimee | 6/10/2013

    " The part Sun Tzu actually wrote is good; however, I did not really enjoy the geneolgy lesson at the beginning with all the names I can't pronounce and won't remember. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noelle Chaban | 3/24/2013

    " Apparently, there are timeless strategies in this book for overcoming your opponent cleverly. I could give two-shits about war or competition, so take this review with a grain of salt. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shin Hum | 10/20/2012

    " Gives a good theoretical background and shows principles of how to set a good strategem in warfare. Not very specific. Other operation booklets which I'm using are more specific and executable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lama Nakhleh | 5/9/2012

    " Brilliant. This is not really a book that you finish reading. You think about it all the time and you keep seeing examples of what he means in everyday situations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thorn | 3/20/2012

    " I enjoyed all the explanations about the Chinese culture of the period more than "The Art of War" itself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darrell | 4/11/2011

    " Much wisdom in this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rey | 6/14/2010

    " immortal guidelines for achieving something impossible to have to many "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joe Beer | 4/6/2009

    " I''ve tried the book for a 2nd time but still not impressed. It reminds me of the "Confucius" jokes, but without the humour. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luc Ippersiel | 7/7/2008

    " Can't rate a book that's so priceless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lulu | 4/18/2008

    " Letto per cultura generale. Piacevole, leggero, non scontato. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayte | 1/22/2008

    " If I ever decide to start a war I have my how to book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alkis Romeos | 10/31/2007

    " not what people think of it "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katrina | 3/8/2007

    " I felt obligated to read this book more than I actually wanted to read it. Much of it falls into the category of common sense, and overall I found it pretty boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sanket | 11/27/2004

    " The translation doesn't seem to flow well. The ideas don't seem connected. "

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Sun-tzu lived in China in the sixth century BC, serving as a general and strategist to the king of Wu.