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Sun Tzu's classic now available in Chinese with a new English translation by James Trapp
Published by Amber Books on 15 June 2011 £14.99 (Hardback).
“If you know your enemies and know yourself, you can win numerous battles without a single loss.” – Sun Tzu
Written in the sixth century BC, Sun Tzu’s The Art of War is still used today as a book of military strategy. Napoleon, Mae Zedong, General Vo Nguyen Giap and General Douglas MacArthur all claimed to have drawn inspiration from it. And beyond the world of combat, business and management gurus have also applied Sun Tzu’s ideas to corporate strategy.
Amber Books’ new edition of The Art of War presents the original Chinese text and James Trapp’s new English translation on facing pages. It contains all 13 chapters of Sun Tzu’s work, in which he addresses such topics as laying plans, attacking by stratagem, energy, marching, terrain, using spies, campaign situations and how to exploit an enemy’s weaknesses. In addition, James Trapp’s introduction and footnotes contextualise Sun Tzu’s ideas.
This new edition of The Art of War is beautifully produced using traditional bookbinding methods developed during the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644).
Of immense influence to great leaders across millennia, The Art of War is a classic text richly deserving this exquisite, dual-language edition.
James Trapp took his degree in Chinese at the School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London. He currently works co-ordinating the China schools’ provision at the British Museum and also as a consultant supporting the integration of China studies into the UK school curriculum.
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