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The Art of War

A New Translation by Michael Nylan

Sun Tzu Michael Nylan (University of California at Berkeley)



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07 January 2020
Sun Tzu's ancient book of strategy and psychology has as much to tell us today as when it was first written 2,500 years ago. In a world forever at odds, his rules for anticipating the motivations and strategies of our competitors never cease to inspire leaders of all kinds.

Michael Nylan, in her provocative introduction, sees new and unexpected lessons to be learned from The Art of War-in business ventures, relationships, games of skill, academic careers, and medical practices. Strategy, like conflict is woven into society's very roots.

Nylan's crisp translation offers a masterly new evaluation of this classic work, which balances the overtly military content with a profound and thought-provoking analysis (Olivia Milburn). Readers newly engaging with ancient Chinese culture will be inspired by Nylan's authoritative voice. Informed by years of scholarly study, Nylan is uniquely placed to introduce readers to Sun Tzu's classic work through her detailed annotations on culture and the intricacies of translating ancient Chinese into modern English. She proves that Sun Tzu is more relevant than ever, helping us navigate the conflicts we know and those we have yet to endure.
By:   Sun Tzu
Translated by:   Michael Nylan (University of California at Berkeley)
Imprint:   Norton
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 193mm,  Width: 122mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   225g
ISBN:   9781324004899
ISBN 10:   1324004894
Pages:   160
Publication Date:   07 January 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Michael Nylan is a professor of early Chinese history at the University of California, Berkeley, from Lexington, Kentucky. Her books include The Five Confucian? Classics, China's Early Empires, Analects: A Norton Critical Edition, The Canon of Supreme Mystery, Exemplary Figures, and Documents Classic.

Reviews for The Art of War: A New Translation by Michael Nylan

Nylan's translation of The Art of War, however, is marvelously pointy and plainspoken. Each sentence is a struck match... The language in The Art of War is vivid, and Nylan finds a tone to capture it. -- The International New York Times This small volume is a taster for a forthcoming full-scale Norton Critical Edition containing a range of historical and analytical essays, and presents a fresh, distinctive and original rendition of the much-parsed classic... the text is presented in a form that is clear and readily understood and at the same time inexhaustibly rich in meaning. -- New Statesman

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