THE ESSENTIAL ART OF WAR
Publisher: PERSEUS / RUNNING PRESS, Oct 2005
Newly conceived & highly accessible version of this classic text, translated by renowned Chinese military historian Ralph D. Sawyer. An immensely popular work. 5x7.5 inches, 208 pgs.
Ralph D. Sawyer is the preeminent scholar and translator on Sun-tzu's masterful work. More than 200,000 copies of his Sun-tzu Art of War and more than 55,000 copies of The Complete Art of War have been sold.
The Art of War is the most famous study of strategy ever written and has had an extraordinary influence on the history of warfare. The Essential Art of War brings Sun-tzu's classic work to a new, uninitiated readership. This clear and compact volume presumes no prior knowledge of the subject and presents only the material that is essential to understanding this text.
Using his best-selling Art of War translation as the centerpiece, Sawyer has re-approached every chapter to include an introduction and closing commentary that deliver the key concepts. An introduction to the volume on the relevance of Sun-tzu's teachings, a chronology, historical background on the translation itself, and a bibliographic essay are also included.
The Essential Art of War is presented in an attractive 208-page hardcover volume with foiled jacket, stamped case, and ribbon marker, in a convenient gift size.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ralph D. Sawyer has specialized in Chinese military, technological, & intelligence issues as an independent scholar, lecturer, and consultant to international conglomerates & government agencies for the past four decades, following study at MIT and Harvard. A member of numerous professional organizations & a frequent presenter at academic conferences, he is also a Senior Research Fellow with the Warring States Project and a Fellow of the Centre for Military & Strategic Studies.