The Art of War: The Essential Translation of the Classic Book of Life

By Sun Tzu
Translated by John Minford
Read by Ray Porter

9.25 Hours 01/28/2008 unabridged
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Master Sun said: “Ultimate excellence lies not in winning every battle but in defeating the enemy without ever fighting.” For more than two thousand years, The Art of War has stood as a cornerstone of Chinese culture, a lucid text that reveals as much about psychology, politics, and economics as it does about battlefield strategy. For those seeking a deeper understanding of this seminal work, scholar John Minford brings the words of Sun-tzu to life for modern listeners, presenting the core text in two formats: Part I: The original text by Sun-tzu Ray Porter reads the unadorned thirteen chapters, allowing listeners to form their own first impressions of the ancient words of wisdom ascribed to Sun-tzu. Part II: The original text with running commentary Read by Ray Porter and Lorna Raver, the original text is presented again, this time with extensive running commentary by traditional Chinese scholars and the translator, providing context and subtext for the work. Included is a lively, learned introduction, read by Lorna Raver, in which Minford explores the life and times of Sun-tzu and considers how best to read and understand the work today.  Even those readers familiar with The Art of War will experience it anew, finding it more fascinating and more relevant than ever.

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Summary

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Master Sun said: “Ultimate excellence lies not in winning every battle but in defeating the enemy without ever fighting.”

For more than two thousand years, The Art of War has stood as a cornerstone of Chinese culture, a lucid text that reveals as much about psychology, politics, and economics as it does about battlefield strategy. For those seeking a deeper understanding of this seminal work, scholar John Minford brings the words of Sun-tzu to life for modern listeners, presenting the core text in two formats:

Part I: The original text by Sun-tzu
Ray Porter reads the unadorned thirteen chapters, allowing listeners to form their own first impressions of the ancient words of wisdom ascribed to Sun-tzu.

Part II: The original text with running commentary
Read by Ray Porter and Lorna Raver, the original text is presented again, this time with extensive running commentary by traditional Chinese scholars and the translator, providing context and subtext for the work. Included is a lively, learned introduction, read by Lorna Raver, in which Minford explores the life and times of Sun-tzu and considers how best to read and understand the work today. 

Even those readers familiar with The Art of War will experience it anew, finding it more fascinating and more relevant than ever.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The most useful and important book ever written for aspiring leaders.” Toronto Sun Times
“The Art of War is among the greatest classics of military literature ever written. Sun Tzu warfare is as applicable today as when the book was written some 2,500 years ago.” Marine Corps Gazette
“Just when we thought a new Sun-tzu The Art of War translation is not needed, retired Professor John M. Minford’s masterful work proved us wrong.” Sonshi 
“[The] most famous of the classic Chinese military writings…Shows that Sun-tzu was not just a solitary genius, but the product of a remarkably rich martial culture.” Robert L. O’Connell, author of Of Arms and Men: A History of War, Weapons, and Aggression
“Fills a serious gap for anyone interested in the history of ancient warfare…a fascinating book.” Arther Ferrill, author of The Origins of War: From the Stone Age to Alexander the Great

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Author Bio: Sun Tzu

Sun-tzu lived in China in the sixth century BC, serving as a general and strategist to the king of Wu.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 9.25
Audience: Adult
Language: English