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by Mei-Chun Sawyer,Ralph D. Sawyer

The Seven Military Classics is one of the most profound studies of warfare ever written. It presents us with an Eastern tradition of strategic thought that emphasizes outwitting one's opponent through speed, stealth, flexibility, and a minimum of force—an approach very different from that stressed in the West, where the advantages of brute strength have overshadowed more subtle methods.Safeguarded for centuries by the ruling elites of imperial China, even in modern times these writings have been known only to a handful of Western specialists. In this volume are seven separate essays, written between 500 b.c. and a.d. 700, that preserve the essential tenets of strategy distilled from the experience of the most brilliant warriors of ancient China.Only one of these seven essays, Sun Tzu's famous Art of War, has been readily available in the West. Thanks to this faithful translation of the complete Seven Military Classics, the insights of these ancient Chinese texts are now accessible in their entirety.It's not uncommon to see a “salaryman” on a crowded Tokyo subway studying one of the many popular Japanese editions of these essays. But why do so many businesspeople in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan study a 2,000-year-old military text? Because it embodies the strategic tradition of outwitting an opponent through speed, stealth, flexibility, and a minimum of effort. These principles have been proven both on the battlefield and in the marketplace. Now they are available in the West for the first time in their entirety.The lessons found in this book were exploited by such pivotal Asian war leaders as Japan's Yamamoto, China's Mao Tse-tung, and Vietnam's Giap to inflict terrible defeats on their enemies. And in more recent times, when Japan and others have decided to win their laurels on the field of international economic competition, these principles have been a key to the achievements of many Asian corporations. Executives in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan regularly study the Seven Military Classics. Unfortunately, even those far-sighted Western business leaders who have read Sun Tzu have glimpsed only a fraction of the knowledge their best Asian competitors use to plan corporate strategy—until now.Those who appreciate Chinese literature and philosophy will also discover much that is new in these pages. Here is a substantial but previously inaccessible body of thought that stands in contrast to Confucianism, which deprecated the military sphere in favor of self-cultivation and the ethical life.The Seven Military Classics of Ancient China remedies a serious gap in Western knowledge of Asian thought. This accurate translation is based on the best available classical Chinese manuscripts, some only recently discovered by archaeologists. It is a uniquely important contribution to the world's military literature and is essential reading for anyone interested in China's rich cultural heritage or in the timeless principles of successful strategy.
Download The Seven Military Classics of Ancient China, including The Art of War epub
ISBN: 0813312280
ISBN13: 978-0813312286
Category: Other
Subcategory: Humanities
Author: Mei-Chun Sawyer,Ralph D. Sawyer
Language: English
Publisher: Basic Books (May 5, 1993)
Pages: 586 pages
ePUB size: 1991 kb
FB2 size: 1539 kb
Rating: 4.2
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One of the best volumes on the core of historical eastern strategic thought you can get your hands on, which includes some of the more important texts relating to such in a easily digested format. If you want to learn about strategy you're going to want to start with this one and then branch out from there depending on where you want to go with it. I'd also recommend the Tao of Spycraft and Tao of Deception to compliment this particular volume before you dive into Clauswitz and the core concepts of Western strategic thought/total warfare.
Sawyer knows his subject. He is a master of Chinese warfare and culture. He even teaches you how to pronounce some common Chinese words that we in the west always mispronounce.

The book is great. It covers a lot --- not just The Art of War, though that's included. It is a complete study of the Chinese strategies of war and I recommend it to those interested in this topic.
If you like big thick boring books this one is for you.
Scholarly and well translated.
I, for one, enjoyed this book. I am not here to critic, as a few of these other reviews appear to be. One, the book is easy to understand and follow. Meaning, the translations are well recorded. Two, I have recently been curious in Chinese history of warfare and this book was able to show me much Chinese philosophy towards warfare. I recomend it this book to any follower of military history or Chinese warfare. You get your moneys worth.
Fast Lovebird
Strong points:
1. Includes Sun Tzu's Art of War, as lucid as ever.
2. Angles on subterfuge, camouflage, etc.

Weak points:
1. Somewhat un-traditional angle on Sun Tzu (skewed towards capitalist espionage).
2. Some of the works seem to duplicate ideas considerably.

Overall, could use some abbreviation.
Great, but you must order "The art of War" for the complete book....