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.
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