Thursday, January 29, 2015

Book Review: "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu

I have long been curious about this book.  It is basically a handbook for being successful in war, and is still considered relevant despite being written a couple thousand years ago.

Now that I've read it - I can totally see it.  Yes, it is primarily a handbook for military operations, but I see the philosophy being easily applied to business and other managerial fields.  It is a really fast read - this edition was less than 100 pages, and really is only half that when considering how the text is printed (more on that in a second).  But this is one to hang on to, and I think I'll end up rereading this from tine to time.

Now on to the specifics of this edition, because I love it.  The text is printed with Chinese characters on the left side pages, and English on the right.  The Chinese characters are so beautiful, even if I can't read them.  Then, the entire hardcover book is bound in the traditional Chinese way.  This means that the pages are only printed on one side, folded in half, and then stitched together tightly for the spine. The spine is also threaded, binding a hard front cover and hard back cover to the rest of the book.  The overall effect is spectacular, and I'll be hanging on to this volume for this reason as well.  I'll include the ISBN number below if you are interested in this particular edition as well.

*****
The Art of War
by Sun Tzu
Translated by James Trapp
Chartwell Books, 2012.  Originally published 6th century BC
96 pages
ISBN:  978-0-7858-2922-5
Source:  Purchased New
*****

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