"There's not a dated maxim or vague prescription in it." — Newsweek
Regarded as the world's oldest military treatise, this compact volume has instructed officers and tacticians for more than 2,000 years. From its origins in China, The Art of War
traveled the world to inform the strategies of Napoleon and World War II generals. More recently, it has taken on a new life as a guide to competing successfully in business, law, and sports.
All of The Art of War
's concepts retain their value to modern readers, from the prudence of circumventing a strong opponent and taking advantage of a weak one to the wisdom of preparedness and flexibility. Other topics include strategy, tactics, maneuvering, communications, the treatment of soldiers, and the worth of well-trained officers. History enthusiasts, business thought leaders, and anyone intrigued by competition and rivalry will appreciate this elegant edition of the classic work.
This Ixia Press edition, first published in 2019, is an unabridged republication of the edition originally published in 1944 by The Military Service Publishing Company, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The English translation of the text of The Art of War was made by Lionel Giles and was first published in 1910 by Luzac & Co., London. Summaries of some of the translator’s annotations are included in brackets in this edition. The Introduction and the chapter on Chinese Warfare were written by Brig. Gen. Thomas R. Phillips, U.S. Army, for the 1944 edition.
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