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Art of War: Sun Zi's Military Methods

by Sun Zi and Victor H Mair Columbia University Press
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Named the Number 1 translation of The Art of War by, this book breaks new ground in solving textual and contextual problems and issues of authorship. Victor H. Mair closely links the work’s philosophy to Taoism and discusses the reception of the text from the classical period to today. Mair also highlights previously unaddressed stylistic and statistical elements and presents new ways of approaching the intellectual and social background of the work.

“Mair’s excellent new translation . . . brings a new, and extremely useful perspective to the text.” —Journal of Military History

“Mair provides a novel, insightful, and yet rigorous approach to the history and interpretation of this classic text. He presents it not as an exotic well of wisdom but as a genuine historical product, and Western readers will be able to enjoy it on its own terms and understand better what they are reading, and why.”—Nicola Di Cosmo, Princeton University

Foreward by Arthur Waldron
Principles of Translation
Guide to Pronunciation
Key Terms
List of Abbreviations
Chapter 1. Initial Assessments
Chapter 2. Doing Battle
Chapter 3. Planning for the Attack
Chapter 4. Positioning
Chapter 5. Configuration
Chapter 6. Emptiness and Solidity
Chapter 7. The Struggle of Armies
Chapter 8. Nine Varieties
Chapter 9. Marching the Army
Chapter 10. Terrain Types
Chapter 11. Nine Types of Terrain
Chapter 12. Incendiary Attack
Chapter 13. Using Spies
Appendix. The Pseudo-Biography of Sun Wu

Mair's excellent new translation of Sunzi's (Sun Tzu) Art of War... brings a new, and extremely useful perspective to the text.
Victor H. Mair is professor of Chinese language and literature at the University of Pennsylvania.