The Essence of War
Leadership and Strategy from the Chinese Military Classics
By (author) Ralph D. Sawyer
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Essence of War by Ralph D. Sawyer
Book DescriptionFrom antiquity, the history of China has been marked by invading tribes, warring states, and popular uprisings. This heritage of conflict produced a body of martial literature exploring the fundamental principles of warfare and their methods of employment. Fully aware of the tragic consequences of battle, the authors of these texts emphasized that bloodshed and war should be avoided whenever possible. But, they argued, this is possible only when the principles of leadership and strategy have been mastered and the dynamics of conflict thoroughly analyzed. Over the centuries, these texts have been studied throughout Asia, not only by generals on the battlefield but by leaders of all kinds concerned with the management of human conflict in all its forms.The Essence of War presents eight of these classics (written from 500 B.C.E. to 700 C.E.), including Sun-tzu's Art of War and Sun Pin's Military Methods. The book introduces the core principles of Chinese military science, grouping selected passages and key quotations into five thematic sections encompassing forty-one topical chapters: Fundamentals, Tao of Warfare, Tao of Command, Tactical Essentials, and Tactical Specifics. Translator Ralph D. Sawyer provides here a concise introduction to Chinese military thought and influential materials not only of traditional import, but also for contemporary study and enduring value in both business and military circles throughout the world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780813390499
(210mm x 140mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 21-Apr-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Ralph D. Sawyer
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One of the leading scholars of Chinese military history offers a definitive guide to the ways in which military strategy and technology shaped the face of ancient Chinese civilization.
Military Culture in Imperial China, Paperback (March 2011)
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Seven Military Classics of Ancient China, Paperback (December 2007)
Finally available in paperback, Ralph D. Sawyers incomparable study of ancient Chinese warfare
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The definitive book on ancient military principles that is strikingly relevant to the War on Terror, the war in Iraq, and the rise of China as a geopolitical power
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Author Biography - Ralph D. Sawyer
Ralph D. Sawyer, one of America's leading scholars in Chinese warfare, has worked extensively with major intelligence and defense agencies. After studying at MIT and Harvard and a brief stint of university teaching, Sawyer has spent the past thirty years lecturing and doing international consulting work focused on China.
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