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Written by Sun TzuAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Sun Tzu
Translated by Thomas ClearyAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Thomas Cleary

  • Format: Trade Paperback
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  • Publisher: Shambhala
  • On Sale: October 26, 1988
  • Price: $12.95
  • ISBN: 978-0-87773-452-9 (0-87773-452-6)
about this book

Compiled over two-thousand years ago by a mysterious warrior-philosopher, The Art of War is still perhaps the most prestigious and influential book of strategy in the world today, as eagerly studied in Asia by modern politicians and executives as it has been by military leaders since ancient times. The book applies to competition and conflict in general, on every level from the interpersonal to the international. Its aim is invincibility, victory without battle, and unassailable strength through understanding the physics, politics, and psychology of conflict.


This translation presents the classic from the point of view of its background in the great spiritual tradition of Taoism. Translated from a standard collection of commentaries on Sun Tzu's text by eleven interpreters, the work has been edited by Thomas Cleary to bring out the meaning of the principles of strategy. In addition, the translator provides an extensive introduction discussing the content and background of the book.