"To win without fighting is best."
Compiled more than two thousand years ago by a
mysterious warrior philosopher, The Art of War is
stilt perhaps the most prestigious and influential book
of strategy in the world today, as eagerly studied in
Asia by modern politicians and executives as it has
been by military leaders since ancient times. As a study
of the anatomy of organizations in conflict, The Art of
War applies to competition and conflict in general, on
every level from the interpersonal to the international.
Its aim is invincibility, victory without battle, and
unassailable strength through understanding of the
physics, politics, and psychology of conflict.
This translation presents the classic from the
point of view of its background in the great spiritual
tradition of Taoism, the origin of psychology, science,
and technology in East Asia and the source of the
insights into human nature that underlie this most
revered of handbooks for success. Translated from a
standard collection of commentaries on Sun Tzu's text by
eleven interpreters, the work has been edited by Thomas
Cleary to bring out the meaning of the principles of
strategy. In addition, the translator provides an
extensive introduction discussing the content and
background of the book.
Thomas Cleary, who holds a PhD. in East Asian
languages and civilization from Harvard University, is
the translator of some twenty works in Buddhist, Taoist,
and IChing studies.
-Cover arc: Ceremoni.il ax, Chinese bronze, Shang period
(c. 12th-l.lth century B.C,K.). Museum fur Oitasianschc
Kunst, Suacliche Musccn Prcuuiacher Kulturbesict, West