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Compiled more than 2000 years ago by a mysterious warrior-philosopher, this is a book of strategy. Studied by modern politicians and executives and military leaders since ancient times, this is a study of competition and conflict on every level, from the interpersonal to the international. Cleary's translation brings out the insights into human nature that underlie this book. Thomas Cleary holds a doctorate in East Asian Languages and Civilisation from Harvard University and is the translator of many classic texts of Buddhism, Taoism and "I Ching" studies.
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The warrior-philosopher and master strategist Sun Tzu, about whom little is known, compiled The Art of War more than two thousand years ago. Legend has it that he was known for the brilliant campaigns he led around the time of Confucius. His work was memorized and passed down orally, before eventually being copied onto bamboo strips and passed around.

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" Thomas Cleary's translation of Sun Tzu's 2,000-year-old "The Art of War" makes immediately relevant one of the greatest Chinese classical texts. There's not a dated maxim or vague prescription in it. 'To win without fighting is best, ' Sun Tzu said. For him, war was coeval with life. Absorb this book, and you can throw out all those contemporary books about management leadership." - "Newsweek" "Thomas Cleary's translation of Sun Tzu's 2,000-year-old "The Art of War " makes immediately relevant one of the greatest Chinese classical texts. There's not a dated maxim or vague prescription in it. 'To win without fighting is best, ' Sun Tzu said. For him, war was coeval with life. Absorb this book, and you can throw out all those contemporary books about management leadership."- "Newsweek" -Thomas Cleary's translation of Sun Tzu's 2,000-year-old The Art of War makes immediately relevant one of the greatest Chinese classical texts. There's not a dated maxim or vague prescription in it. 'To win without fighting is best, ' Sun Tzu said. For him, war was coeval with life. Absorb this book, and you can throw out all those contemporary books about management leadership.--- Newsweek "Thomas Cleary's translation of Sun Tzu's 2,000-year-old The Art of War makes immediately relevant one of the greatest Chinese classical texts. There's not a dated maxim or vague prescription in it. 'To win without fighting is best, ' Sun Tzu said. For him, war was coeval with life. Absorb this book, and you can throw out all those contemporary books about management leadership."-- Newsweek

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