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Sun Tzu's Art of War just got better. The Illustrated Art of War enlivens Thomas Cleary's complete translation, including commentaries, with full-color reproductions of paintings and statuary from China and Japan. Talk about martial art--these depictions show full battles scenes, the Chinese god of war, weaponry, processions--even an ancient map. --Brian Bruya --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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After reading Victor Mair's elegant new rendering of the ancient text, I was left without any doubt that it is an important contribution to our understanding of both the meaning of the text itself and the evolution of Chinese military thought. While some translations in the past have been informed by philosophical studies or the translator's own personal experience of modern warfare and intelligence matters, what Mair brings to bear is a remarkable feel for the Chinese language of ancient times that results in lucid and persuasive renderings of many of the more enigmatic and obscure passages. He steers a judicious course between the free translation and the overly literal, and further aids our comprehension by providing a concise glossary explaining the key terms that appear in the text.

(David Graff, associate professor of history, Kansas State University)

Victor Mair's brilliant translation of the Sunzi bingfa is especially commendable for its clarity and elegance. Although this classic text of Chinese military thought enjoys several authoritative English translations, Mair succeeds in providing a novel, insightful, and yet rigorous approach to its history and interpretation. The author's consummate knowledge of Classical Chinese and sensitivity to the nuances of the text shows it in a genuinely fresh way. Mair presents the Sunzi bingfa not as an exotic well of wisdom but as a genuine historical product, and Western readers will be able to enjoy it on its own terms and understand better what they are reading, and why.

(Nicola Di Cosmo, Princeton University) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN : B08JHCS638
  • Publication date : September 17, 2020
  • Language : English
  • File size : 361 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 30 pages
  • Lending : Not Enabled
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Reviewed in the United States on June 7, 2018
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Reviewed in the United States on October 30, 2017
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By Cooper White on October 30, 2017
Looks like someone printed a PDF I could have found for free online. The book is too wide and tall and the layout, indentation, and general typography are awful.
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Reviewed in the United States on December 18, 2019
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2.0 out of 5 stars 67 Page Cliffnotes
By C.A. Gray on December 18, 2019
Idk, maybe I didn't read the reviews in my Xmas shopping haste? But this is NOT The Art of War you're used to. This is a very thin, 67 page cliffnote version. And it'd be nice if they listed that pertinent fact in the headline 🙄 Kinda just a waste of resources sending it back, of time for me, and a loss for the seller. Annoying.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Borderline false advertising
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 15, 2018
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1.0 out of 5 stars This isn't a book, it's a pamphlet
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 2, 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars An unexpectedly beautiful EDITION!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 7, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars An unexpectedly beautiful EDITION!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 7, 2019
The Art of War (the book itself needs no further presentation by now) as a beautiful example of "the art of printing". Very happy with the hardcover, pocket-size edition, by Arcturus Publishing Limited.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible.. get a different printing
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 6, 2020
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1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible.. get a different printing
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 6, 2020
Truly awful excuse for a book. For the price I wasn’t expecting anything amazing, but even so. Says “illustrated” on the cover but there isn’t a single image or illustration in the book apart from a low resolution picture of Chinese writing on the opening page.

Riddled with formatting mistakes like the one photographed, truly low effort. Also tons of weird characters are throughout the text that must have come up when they translated and or copy and pasted this into MS Word ! If I wanted something this low quality I could have done it myself at the library. Seriously terrible don’t bother, feel embarrassed to put this on my shelf !
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Art of War, reviewed by Tevin Gongo
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 23, 2021
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