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The Art of War
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The Art of War Compact disc - 2008

by Sun Tzu; Thomas Cleary (Translator); Read by David Warrilow


Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.Offering ancient wisdom on how to use skill, cunning, tactics and discipline to outwit your opponent, this bestselling 2000-year-old military manual is still worshipped by soldiers on the battlefield and managers in the boardroom as the ultimate guide to winning.

From the publisher

Compiled more than two thousand years ago by a mysterious warrior-philosopher, The Art of War is still perhaps the most prestigious and influential book of strategy in the world. As a study of the anatomy of organizations in conflict, The Art of War applies to competition and conflict in general, on every level from the interpersonal to the international. Its aim is invincibility, victory without battle, and unassailable strength through understanding the physics, politics, and psychology of conflict. This translation features Sun Tzu's original text in its entirety along with commentary from classical Chinese military thinkers. 1 CD, 1 hour. Abridged (Contains the full text of The Art of War, and an abridged commentary)


  • Title The Art of War
  • Author Sun Tzu; Thomas Cleary (Translator); Read by David Warrilow
  • Binding Compact Disc
  • Edition Unabridged
  • Pages 1
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Shambhala Audio
  • Date 2008-02-12
  • Abridged Yes
  • ISBN 9781590305478 / 1590305477
  • Weight 0.22 lbs (0.10 kg)
  • Dimensions 4.86 x 5.84 x 0.47 in (12.34 x 14.83 x 1.19 cm)
  • Dewey Decimal Code 355

Media reviews

“Thomas Cleary’s translation of Sun Tzu’s two-thousand-year-old Art of War makes immediately relevant one of the greatest Chinese classical texts. Absorb this book, and you can throw out all those contemporary books about management leadership.”—Newsweek

About the author

The warrior-philosopher and master strategist Sun Tzu, about whom little is known, compiled The Art of War more than two thousand years ago. Legend has it that he was known for the brilliant campaigns he led around the time of Confucius. His work was memorized and passed down orally, before eventually being copied onto bamboo strips and passed around.