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  • The Tao Of Warby Ralph D. Sawyer

    Basic Books 2009; US$ 24.00

    Wang Chen, a ninth-century military commander, was sickened by the carnage that had plagued the glorious T'ang dynasty for decades. "All within the seas were poisoned," he wrote, "and pain and disaster was rife throughout the land." Wang Chen wondered, how can we end conflicts before they begin? How can we explain and understand the dynamics of conflict?... more...

  • The Essence Of Warby Ralph D. Sawyer

    Basic Books 2009; US$ 22.00

    From 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... more...

  • The Tao of Deceptionby Ralph D. Sawyer

    Basic Books 2007; US$ 42.00

    The history of China is a history of warfare. Wars have caused dynasties to collapse, fractured the thin façade 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... more...

  • The Essential Art of Warby Ralph D. Sawyer

    Basic Books 2005; US$ 24.00

    Ralph D. Sawyer is the preeminent scholar and translator on Sun-tzu's masterful work. More than 200,000 copies of his Sun-tzu Art of War and more than 55,000 copies of The Complete Art of War have been sold. The Art of War is the most famous study of strategy ever written and has had an extraordinary influence on the history of warfare. The... more...

  • One Hundred Unorthodox Strategiesby Ralph D. Sawyer

    Avalon Publishing 1998; US$ 52.00

    One Hundred Unorthodox Strategies was compiled in the fifteenth century, during the Ming Dynasty, as a handbook of tactics based on Chinese military classics. Translated into English for the first time, this unique work draws on over two thousand years of experience in warfare to present a distillation of one hundred key strategic principles. Originally... more...

  • Ancient Chinese Warfareby Ralph D. Sawyer

    Basic Books 2011; US$ 48.00

    The history of China is a history of warfare. Rarely in its 3,000-year existence has the country not been beset by war, rebellion, or raids. Warfare was a primary source of innovation, social evolution, and material progress in the Legendary Era, Hsia dynasty, and Shang dynasty--indeed, war was the force that formed the first cohesive Chinese empire,... more...

  • The Art of Warby Tzu Sun; Ralph D. Sawyer

    Basic Books 1994; US$ 24.00

    The Art of War is almost certainly the most famous study of strategy ever written and has had an extraordinary influence on the history of warfare. The principles Sun-tzu expounded were utilized brilliantly by such great Asian war leaders as Mao Tse-tung, Giap, and Yamamoto. First translated two hundred years ago by a French missionary, Sun-tzu’s... more...

  • The Complete Art Of Warby Tzu Sun; Pin Sun; Ralph D. Sawyer

    Basic Books 2007; US$ 48.00

    Sun Tzu's Art of War is the most famous, and the most thought-provoking, work of strategy ever written. The profound insights of this book have endured for over two thousand years, and they continue to reward careful study. The Military Methods of Sun Pin, the great-grandson of Sun Tzu, is a brilliant elaboration on his ancestor's work, which... more...

  • A Military History of Chinaby David A. Graff; Robin Higham; Edward L. Dreyer; David C. Wright; Peter Lorge; Ralph D. Sawyer; Paul Jr. Lococo; Miles Yu; Edward A. McCord; Chang Jui-te; William Wei; Larry M. Wortzel; June Teufel Dreyer

    The University Press of Kentucky 2012; US$ 25.00

    Gaining an understanding of China's long and sometimes bloody history can help to shed light on China's ascent to global power. Many of China's imperial dynasties were established as the result of battle, from the chariot warfare of ancient times to the battles of the Guomindang (KMT) and Communist regimes of the twentieth century. China's ability... more...

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