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       The original text of "Ping Fa: The Art of War" does not exist. Legend has it that the original was written circa 500 BC by General Sun Wu, in the employ of Ho Lu, King of Wu, and consisted of 82 chapters, of which the existing 13 chapters make up the first 'chuan'. Sun Wu was given the title 'Tzu', which means 'master', late in his life.
       Scholars estimate that existing texts are copies which date from 450 BC to 320 BC, during the 'Warring States' period of Chinese history. The text was unknown to Europeans until around 1750 AD.

       The book is a sophisticated treatise on philosophy, logistics, espionage, strategy, and tactics, with later versions often containing more commentary than original text. The central premise is that battles are won not strictly from force or might, but rather by the use of wisdom and courage, as well as cunning and guile.

       The 1910 translation by Leslie Giles is greatly respected, while later translations by Thomas Cleary and others take into account Wu Chiu-lung's transcription, which was made from bamboo strips dated 140-118 BC that were found in 1972.


"The Art of War"

Sun Tzu's The Art of War book translated by John Minford  "The Art of War" [2002]
Translated by John Minford

Penguin Classics 8½x5½ pb [8/2003] for $11.20
Viking 9¼x6¼ hardcover [11/2002] for $16.97
Sun Tzu's The Art of War New Translation book by Denma Group  "The Art of War: A New Translation"
Translated by Denma Group [2001]

Shambhala 9¼x6¼ hardcover [1/2001] for $19.96
Sun Tzu's The Art of War book translated by Roger T. Ames  "The Art of War" incorporating the recently-discovered
Yin-Ch'Ueh-Shan texts translated by Roger T. Ames [1993]

Ballantine 9½x6½ hardcover [2/93] for $17.50
Illustrated Art of War book translated by Thomas Cleary  "The Illustrated Art of War" [1996]
Translated by Thomas Cleary [1988]

Shambhala 9½x8½ hardcover [11/98] for $23.96
Sun Tzu's The Art of War book translated by Thomas Cleary  "The Art of War"
Translated by Thomas Cleary [1988]

Shambhala pb [5/91] for $6.95
Shambhala UNABR audio [11/89] for $10.95
online text version at The China House Project
Sun Tzu's The Art of War book translated by Samuel B. Griffith  "The Art of War"
Translated by Samuel B. Griffith [1963]

Oxford Univ Press 8x5¼ pb [10/84] for $8.95
M/S Reader ebook [10/2000] for $9.95
Sun Tzu's The Art of War book translated by Lionel Giles  "The Art of War"
Translated by Lionel Giles [1910]

Deodand 8½x5½ pb [4/2002] for $8.95
Deodand Adobe Reader ebook [6/2002] for $1.99
Deodand M/S Reader ebook [6/2002] for $1.99
online English text at China News Digest
online text at M.I.T.
free MobiBook version
Sun Tzu's The Art of War book edited by James Clavell  
"The Art of War"
Edited by James Clavell ["Shogun" etc]

Delta Trade 8¼x7 pb [12/89] for $9.56
Delacorte 8½x7¼ hardcover [3/89] for $13.56

online text at Northeastern University
online Chinese text at China News Digest
online text version translated by Sonshi.com [2000]



Other Works

Sun Tzu Was A Sissy book by Stanley Bing  "Sun Tzu Was A Sissy: Conquer Your Enemies, Promote Your Friends & Wage The Real Art of War" [2004]
by Stanley Bing

HarperBusiness hardcover [10/2004] for $13.96
Sun Tsu's The Art of War video by George Alexander  "Sun Tsu's The Art of War" video [2002]
As interpreted by George Alexander

Yamazato Videos color DVD [9/2002] for $24.95
Sun Tzu & the Art of Modern Warfare book by Mark McNeilly  "Sun Tzu and The Art of Modern Warfare" [2001]
by Mark R. McNeilly

Oxford Univ Press pb [Expanded Edition 4/2003] for $11.53
Oxford Univ Press hardcover [10/2001] for $19.25
Sun Tzu's The Art of War For Managers book by Gerald A. Michaelson  "Sun Tzu: The Art of War For Managers" [1998]
by Gerald A. Michaelson, Translation by Research Society of Sun Tzu Staff

Adams Media 8¾x6 pb [2001] for $10.73
Pressmark Intl. 9½x5¾ pb [8/98] out of priny/used
Sun Tzu & the Art of Business book by Mark McNeilly  "Sun Tzu and The Art of Business: Six Strategic Principles For Managers" [1996]
by Mark R. McNeilly

Oxford Univ Press 8x5¼ pb [5/2000] for $10.47
Oxford Univ Press hardcover [11/96] for $30.00
The Lost Art of War book by Sun Tzu II  "The Lost Art of War" by Sun Tzu II
Translated by Thomas Cleary [1996]

Harper SF 8x5¼ pb [5/97] for $9.60
Harper hardcover [2/96] out of stock/used
BooksOnTape audio [5/96] out of stock/used
Mastering The Art of War book translated by Thomas Cleary  "Mastering The Art of War"
Translated by Thomas Cleary [1989]

Shambhala 9x6 pb [11/89] for $10.47



Links About Sun Tzu
Open Directory Project listings for Sun Tzu
Sun Tzu entry at Wikipedia
Sun Tzu Research Society of China
Sun Tzu’s Art of War Research Center at Peking University


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