Written over 2,500 years ago, The Art of War remains the most famous military treatise of all time. It has influenced leaders around the world but its philosophies apply as much to gaining a competitive edge in day-to-day life as they do to the battlefield.
This edition - the most comprehensive to have been published in English - contains five extra chapters only discovered in 1972. Roger T. Ames's translation was the first to take advantage of this new material. His introduction to the context and history of The Art of War is easy to grasp for the lay reader.
Exquisite, specially commissioned Chinese lettering adorns every chapter heading, while full-colour photographs of ancient artefacts illustrate the age of incessant conflict which gave birth to The Art of War.
More about The Art of War
Over 2,500 years ago, a Chinese commander, Master Sun – or Sun-tzu – collected together his concepts on generalship to form the basis of one of the most famous military treatises of all time.
But the identity of Sun-tzu is now amystery. He may have been an individual, or a collective like the supposed several Homers of the Iliad and Odyssey. Some suggest that Sun-tzu may have been a woman, since there were female generals in China at that time, though there is little hard evidence that Sun-tzu was one of them.
The Folio Society edition of The Art of War, introduced by General Sir Rupert Smith, is translated by Professor Roger Ames from a text a thousand years older than that used for previous translations, and includes additional texts recently attributed to Sun-tzu.
Preface by Rupert Smith
Translated by Roger T. Ames
Quarter-bound in cloth with crushed silk sides and blocked with Chinese calligraphy drawn by Xiaoming Sun
Set in Perpetua
12 pages of colour plates
Book size: 11" x 6", 272 pages
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