SUN TZU was a Chinese general, military strategist, and philosopher who lived in China in the 6th century BC. Sun Tzu is traditionally credited as the author of The Art of War, a widely influential work of military strategy that has affected both Western and Eastern philosophy. Sun Tzu is revered in China as a legendary historical figure. His birth name was Sun Wu; the name Sun Tzu by which he is best known is an honorific that means "Master Sun."
PETER HARRIS a specialist in the political and cultural history of China. He is the founding Director of the Asian Studies Institute at Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand, and a Visiting Professor at Nanjing University, China. He has written, edited and translated numerous books on China and Asia. Other volumes he edited for Everyman's Library include The Travels of Marco Polo, Zen Poems, and Three Hundred Tang Poems.
"Like Thucydides, [Sun Tzu] has a reputation today at least as
great as it was well over two millennia ago . . . Given the
peculiarly personal acumen and insight that inform Sun Tzu's brief,
sometimes enigmatic, but always practical Art of War . . .
we are surely reading the words of an acutely intelligent military
man with a subtle, original mind and a wealth of experience all his
--from the Introduction by Peter Harris