The ART of WAR-Sun Tzu

Sun Tzu said:

“The art of war is of vital importance to the State.

It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected.”

Accustomed as we are to think of China as the greatest peace-loving nation on earth, we are in some danger of forgetting that her experience of war in all its phases has also been such as no modern State can parallel. Her long military annals stretch back to a point at which they are lost in the mists of time. She had built the Great Wall and was maintaining a huge standing army along her frontier centuries before the first Roman legionary was seen on the Danube.

Written in 500 B.C. this text, along with such other classics as Clausewitz On War, are required reading at every military academy on the planet. The insight into military organization, the role of commanders, strategy and tactics are invaluable and have remained essentially unchanged since Sun Tzu first set them down 2400 years ago.

This edition, translated from the Chinese with introduction and critical notes by Lionel Giles, M.A. Assistant in the Department of Oriental Printed Books and MSS. in the British Museum was first published in 1910 and includes the explicit commentaries and historical examples given by later authors on the subject to illustrate the principles elucidated by Sun Tzu.

A must read for any student of military or Chinese history or those who wish to understand the true nature and Art of War.

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