The Tao of Deception
Unorthodox Warfare in Historic and Modern China
By (author) Ralph D. Sawyer
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Tao of Deception by Ralph D. Sawyer
Book DescriptionThe history of China is a history of warfare. Wars have caused dynasties to collapse, fractured the thin facade of national unity, and brought decades of alien occupation. But throughout Chinese history, its warfare has been guided by principles different from those that governed Europe. Chinese strategists followed the concept, first articulated by Sun-tzu in The Art of War, of qi (ch'i), or unorthodox, warfare. The concept of qi involves creating tactical imbalances in order to achieve victory against even vastly superior forces. Ralph D. Sawyer, translator of The Art of War and one of America's preeminent experts on Chinese military tactics, here offers a comprehensive guide to the ancient practice of unorthodox warfare. He describes, among many other tactics, how Chinese generals have used false rumors to exploit opposing generals' distrust of their subordinates; dressed thousands of women as soldiers to create the illusion of an elite attack force; and sent word of a false surrender to lure enemy troops away from a vital escape route. The Tao of Deception is the book that military tacticians and military historians will turn to as the definitive guide to a new, yet ancient, way of thinking about strategy.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780465072057
(235mm x 156mm x 41mm)
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Ralph D. Sawyer
Ancient Chinese Warfare, Hardback (March 2011)
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)
Explores the relationship between culture and the military in Chinese society from early China to the Qing empire, with contributions by eminent scholars aiming to reexamine the relationship between military matters and law, government, historiography, art, philosophy, literature, and politics.
Seven Military Classics of Ancient China, Paperback (December 2007)
Finally available in paperback, Ralph D. Sawyers incomparable study of ancient Chinese warfare
Essential Art of War, Hardback (September 2005)» View all books by Ralph D. Sawyer
A newly conceived and highly accessible version of this classic text, translated by renowned Chinese military historian Ralph D. Sawyer, for readers who are new to this immensely popular work
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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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