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Selected Works

Charts the nature and evolution of warfare in ancient China.
A tour de force on ancient Chinese ‘spycraft’
The theoretical chapters from the innovative T'ang dynasty military manual.
"The most accurate, conscise, and usable English language translation available"
The crux itself with contemporary implications.
"A remarkable text from the widdle Warring States period"
"Should be in every library"
"Should be read by anyone interested in Chinese military thought"
A categorical compilation of early Chinese martial wisdom.
"Best of all translations I have seen of Chinese military philosophy"
The martial Tao Te Ching
The most popular Chinese oracle

The Essence of War

   Although the Chinese military corpus encompasses dozens of major works and numerous minor ones, easily surpassing the equivalent of 100,000 English language pages, the Seven Military Classics not only provided the foundation but also continued to exert a disproportionate influence right through the Ming despite major changes in battlefield equipment and practices over the centuries. The Essence of War introduces the crucial views, concepts, and tactical principles from these seven founding works by arraying them in forty-one topical chapters under five thematic sections: Fundamentals, Tao of Warfare, Tao of Command, Tactical Essentials, and Tactical Specifics.

   In conjunction with the One Hundred Unorthodox Strategies, The Essence of War thus provides a concise introduction to Chinese military materials that were historically important and continue to be the focus of contemporary study in both business and military circles in China and other Asian countries. (The core teachings have been augmented with selections from Sun Pin’s Military Methods that enhance and further explicate Sun-tzu’s original concepts and teachings.)