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In 1972, The Lost Art of War was discovered in an ancient Chinese tomb. The first complete manuscript ever found from the legendary military strategist Sun Tzu II (commonly known as Sun Bin, a lineal descendent of the great Sun Tzu), this sophisticated manual delves even deeper than The Art of War into the complex principles and practices of organizations, tactical formati In 1972, The Lost Art of War was discovered in an ancient Chinese tomb. The first complete manuscript ever found from the legendary military strategist Sun Tzu II (commonly known as Sun Bin, a lineal descendent of the great Sun Tzu), this sophisticated manual delves even deeper than The Art of War into the complex principles and practices of organizations, tactical formation, strategic maneuvering, and adaptation. Like those of his distinguished ancestor, Sun Tzu II's insights and strategies can be applied to life situations far beyond warfare - including government, diplomacy, business, relationship, and social action. Renowned scholar Thomas Cleary, universally praised for his ability to capture the often cryptic meanings of Chinese texts, has masterfully translated the subtle and challenging original text of The Lost Art of War and has contemporized Sun Tzu II's strategic insights with his own illuminating and accessible commentary. An ancient version of Sun Tzu's The Art of War was also found in the tomb, which differs significantly from previously known editions. Thus, Cleary additionally offers a fascinating analysis comparing the teachings of The Lost Art of War to those of the classic The Art of War as it is presented in this newly discovered version. Sun Tzu II draws on other traditions of strategic thinking while extending the teachings of his ancestor.


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In 1972, The Lost Art of War was discovered in an ancient Chinese tomb. The first complete manuscript ever found from the legendary military strategist Sun Tzu II (commonly known as Sun Bin, a lineal descendent of the great Sun Tzu), this sophisticated manual delves even deeper than The Art of War into the complex principles and practices of organizations, tactical formati In 1972, The Lost Art of War was discovered in an ancient Chinese tomb. The first complete manuscript ever found from the legendary military strategist Sun Tzu II (commonly known as Sun Bin, a lineal descendent of the great Sun Tzu), this sophisticated manual delves even deeper than The Art of War into the complex principles and practices of organizations, tactical formation, strategic maneuvering, and adaptation. Like those of his distinguished ancestor, Sun Tzu II's insights and strategies can be applied to life situations far beyond warfare - including government, diplomacy, business, relationship, and social action. Renowned scholar Thomas Cleary, universally praised for his ability to capture the often cryptic meanings of Chinese texts, has masterfully translated the subtle and challenging original text of The Lost Art of War and has contemporized Sun Tzu II's strategic insights with his own illuminating and accessible commentary. An ancient version of Sun Tzu's The Art of War was also found in the tomb, which differs significantly from previously known editions. Thus, Cleary additionally offers a fascinating analysis comparing the teachings of The Lost Art of War to those of the classic The Art of War as it is presented in this newly discovered version. Sun Tzu II draws on other traditions of strategic thinking while extending the teachings of his ancestor.

59 review for The Lost Art of War: Recently Discovered Companion to the Bestselling The Art of War

  1. 5 out of 5

    Daren

    A work of military strategy by Sun Bin (or Sun Tzu II) which was discovered in a damaged condition in 1972. This is very much in the same vein as The Art of War by Sun Tzu, and revisits a lot of the general strategy outlined there. There is a lot added by Thomas Cleary, who not only carried out the translation but also offers commentary on practically every statement. Hard to rate a work like this, where a lot of it is presented as a pretty self explanatory or straight forward statements, which ar A work of military strategy by Sun Bin (or Sun Tzu II) which was discovered in a damaged condition in 1972. This is very much in the same vein as The Art of War by Sun Tzu, and revisits a lot of the general strategy outlined there. There is a lot added by Thomas Cleary, who not only carried out the translation but also offers commentary on practically every statement. Hard to rate a work like this, where a lot of it is presented as a pretty self explanatory or straight forward statements, which are readily applicable to a certain setup, but when it comes to applying "The lost art of war" across, say, a military campaign, there are way more statements than there are direct directions. Maybe it takes a more keen military strategist's mind than I have on offer. There is plenty of filler here, for example, in chapter 29, page 125: Concentrate when there is a reason to concentrate, spread out when there is reason to spread out; fill up when there is reason for fullness, empty out when there is reason for emptiness. Helpful? Not really. Still, there are plenty of statements which assist in awareness of strategy, so I guess the worth of this book is to be determined by the way the reader can take the strategy and apply it. Middling at 3 stars, as I don't think it improves on The Art of War by Sun Tzu.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Spencer (Sphynx Reads)

    Ridiculously repetitive. I also don't see how any of this is relevant. Ridiculously repetitive. I also don't see how any of this is relevant.

  3. 5 out of 5

    İlşad Özkan

    Haluk Hepkon'un kitabın sunuş yazısına taşıdığı "Belki de bu yüzden Sun Bin'i okumadan Sun Tzu'yu incelemenin bir eksiklik olduğuna inanılmaktadır," iddiası, abartı bile sayılamayacak kadar desteksiz bir iddiadır. Hepkon, ya bu kitabı ya da Sun Tzu'yu okumamış, yahut gerçek dışı iddialara değer vererek bir pazarlama cümlesini metnine sıkıştırmış, başka bir açıklama bulamıyorum. Kitap ise bana sorarsanız sadece askerî tarihle ilgilenen "askerlere" hitap edecek cinsten; üç sayfalık son bölümü hari Haluk Hepkon'un kitabın sunuş yazısına taşıdığı "Belki de bu yüzden Sun Bin'i okumadan Sun Tzu'yu incelemenin bir eksiklik olduğuna inanılmaktadır," iddiası, abartı bile sayılamayacak kadar desteksiz bir iddiadır. Hepkon, ya bu kitabı ya da Sun Tzu'yu okumamış, yahut gerçek dışı iddialara değer vererek bir pazarlama cümlesini metnine sıkıştırmış, başka bir açıklama bulamıyorum. Kitap ise bana sorarsanız sadece askerî tarihle ilgilenen "askerlere" hitap edecek cinsten; üç sayfalık son bölümü harici neredeyse hiç felsefe yok, yalnızca somut savaş stratejilerinden bahsediliyor. Sun Tzu'yla kıyaslanması söz konusu edilemez. Onun dışında, Çince aslı yerine Almanca bir kopyasından dilimize kazandırılmasını anlarım, bazı metinlerde bu bazen daha iyi bile sonuç verebilir ancak kitapta çok fazla dipnot eksikliği var, metinde pek çok defa okur fenersiz bırakılmış, anlayamayacağı nice sözler kitaba hiçbir açıklama olmaksızın basılmış. Kitabın arka kapak yazısı da içeriğini gizlemek amacıyla yazılmış gibi. Özetle, kitap bir hayal kırıklığı oldu, kitabın içeriğini dürüstçe yansıtabilen bir arka kapak yazısı olsaydı hiç satın almazdım.

  4. 4 out of 5

    BooksTwins

    No lo disfrute para nada, eso de que le faltaran frangementos y capítulos no ayuda a engarcharse. Prefiero mil veces El Arte de la guerra de Sun Tzu.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Iantony

    This book tried to revive the original strategy book of Sun Bin, or Sun Tzu II or the scared Sun. While I found the content to be not so different from Sun Tzu's the art of war, there are some new things though. Sadly there were many parts missing from the original strategy book. This book tried to revive the original strategy book of Sun Bin, or Sun Tzu II or the scared Sun. While I found the content to be not so different from Sun Tzu's the art of war, there are some new things though. Sadly there were many parts missing from the original strategy book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jimmy

    Want insight into war and strategy from ancient China? No, this work should not be confused with Sun Tzu’s Art of War; it sounds similar but its Sun Pin’s The Art of Warfare. While there are similarities this is a separate military text from Chinese classical writings. Lesser known than the other work that I mentioned, I picked this work up to read it not just only for surveying strategic insight but also to see what I can gleam from the work in terms of Ancient China’s use of weapons of warfare Want insight into war and strategy from ancient China? No, this work should not be confused with Sun Tzu’s Art of War; it sounds similar but its Sun Pin’s The Art of Warfare. While there are similarities this is a separate military text from Chinese classical writings. Lesser known than the other work that I mentioned, I picked this work up to read it not just only for surveying strategic insight but also to see what I can gleam from the work in terms of Ancient China’s use of weapons of warfare and how their armies and military unit was organized. This was work was compiled, edited, translated and explained by both Roger T. Ames and D.C. Lau in a superb academic manner. There is a lengthy introduction running over a hundred page, but it is much needed to historically situate this military text. Discussion in the introduction include an overview of the work and also comparison and contrast between Sun Tzu’s famous work along with an analysis of the philosophical terminology in Sun Pin’s The Art of Warfare. I found all of this very helpful and insightful. The meat of the book is the text of The Art of Warfare. This is translated in three parts with the part one giving us the sixteen chapter text recovered from the Yin –Ch’ueh-Shan Han Dynasty Strips while part two is on the fifteen supplemental chapters recovered from the Yin –Ch’ueh-Shan Han Dynasty Strips. Part three then translates from text recovered from later commentarial, historical and encyclopedic sources. The appendix was also interesting for history buff with discussion of the excavation of the tombs in which the text was found and also discussion of dating these bamboo strip manuscripts. Students of military history, strategy and Chinese history would find this work fascinating. I enjoyed i

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dennis Murphy

    The Art of War by Sun Tzu is an attempt to lay down affirmative positivistic guidelines for war. He lays down the forms of terrain, the ways of attack, rules for commanders, and the vital employment of spies. The guidelines are succinct and commanding, with an assortments of dos and don'ts according to the particular situation. Its a rather powerful book in some ways, but in others I imagine this is a text that requires punishing instruction to fully understand. Clausewitz was intuitively unders The Art of War by Sun Tzu is an attempt to lay down affirmative positivistic guidelines for war. He lays down the forms of terrain, the ways of attack, rules for commanders, and the vital employment of spies. The guidelines are succinct and commanding, with an assortments of dos and don'ts according to the particular situation. Its a rather powerful book in some ways, but in others I imagine this is a text that requires punishing instruction to fully understand. Clausewitz was intuitively understandable, even when the narrative was at times chaotic and tediously overdone. Sun Tzu is not, at least not until you drill its terminology firmly in your head. I used to read The Art of War a lot when I was younger, and it is still rather difficult to internalize. There's also the fact that some of the terminology and advice is under-explored, which draws into question the degree to which it should be internalized. Regardless, its an important text, and should probably be read if you have a spare hour or so. Score? 91/100 | A-

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ryma aguir

    جائت مقدمه الكتاب للتعريف عن سن تزو... وكيف ألف الكتاب فيها... و كيف اشتهر بين المتخصصين في العلوم الاستراتيجية ... جاء الكتاب في شكل جمل أو فقرات إشارية ذات مغزى تكتيكي عام ... يمكن تطبيقها في عالم الاقتصاد والتجاره و السياسه والرياضة... اعجبني الكتاب كثيرا ... اغلب الارشادات يمكن اعتمادها في ازمنة مختلفة ... "القرار الأقل صوابا في وقت الحاجة إلى الحسم، أصوب من القرار النموذجي بعد ضياع الفرصة" ... "لن نكون قادرين على أن نحقق السبق والتقدم، إذا لم نعتمد على أدلاء محليين، من نفس البلاد التي نمر ب جائت مقدمه الكتاب للتعريف عن سن تزو... وكيف ألف الكتاب فيها... و كيف اشتهر بين المتخصصين في العلوم الاستراتيجية ... جاء الكتاب في شكل جمل أو فقرات إشارية ذات مغزى تكتيكي عام ... يمكن تطبيقها في عالم الاقتصاد والتجاره و السياسه والرياضة... اعجبني الكتاب كثيرا ... اغلب الارشادات يمكن اعتمادها في ازمنة مختلفة ... "القرار الأقل صوابا في وقت الحاجة إلى الحسم، أصوب من القرار النموذجي بعد ضياع الفرصة" ... "لن نكون قادرين على أن نحقق السبق والتقدم، إذا لم نعتمد على أدلاء محليين، من نفس البلاد التي نمر بها" ... "بعيدا عن العوامل الطبيعية، هناك ست كوارث قد تصيب الجيش من قبل قائده، وهي: الهروب، التمرد وعصيان الأوامر، التدهور والانهيار، الدمار، الفوضى، الهزيمة" ... علي مدي 13 فصلا يقوم سن تزو بتقديم هذه الارشادات منذ قرون مضت.. لتزال قائمه ليومنا هذا ..

  9. 5 out of 5

    Türkay

    Okunmaya değer olarak içeriği olmayan; strateji olarak sadece sunuş yazısında bulunan satış stratejisini bulabileceğiniz; felsefe olarak da, kitap satsın da nasıl satarsa satsın anlayışında bir kitap. Zamanınızı boşa harcamayın ...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Louis

    very similar to the art of war, the commentary is by far the best part. the bit on how a company can be like a sword was the most helpful. knowing what a vanguard and a rear guard kinda do was a great metaphor for sales and estimating and then the PM's to finish it up. very similar to the art of war, the commentary is by far the best part. the bit on how a company can be like a sword was the most helpful. knowing what a vanguard and a rear guard kinda do was a great metaphor for sales and estimating and then the PM's to finish it up.

  11. 4 out of 5

    False

    War has taken such a strange turn in these days. Drones instead of soldiers, countries with nuclear warheads that are so primitive you expect to see Christ riding over the hill on a donkey. Not sure how much these "principles" apply anymore. War has taken such a strange turn in these days. Drones instead of soldiers, countries with nuclear warheads that are so primitive you expect to see Christ riding over the hill on a donkey. Not sure how much these "principles" apply anymore.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Joshua

    There are a variety of sources and interpretations of the Art of War. I think this one falls a little short. I didn't enjoy reading it as much as I expected. There are a variety of sources and interpretations of the Art of War. I think this one falls a little short. I didn't enjoy reading it as much as I expected.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ahmad

    tertarik habis baca legend of the dragon son

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rafiqahrizky

    Buku Ini tentang seni perang sun Tzu yang Hilang. dan buku ini dikarang oleh sun tzu II (sun Bin). muridnya Sun wu (sun tzu I).

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lori Grant

    A should-read book on office politics which will happen to you and around you whether you participate in politics or not.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Phil Chen

    Pretty interesting read, I have read a lot of Sun Tzu but never Sun Bin, they both are very similar with some smaller differences on the emphasis of war.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Steve Huffman

  18. 5 out of 5

    Craciun

  19. 5 out of 5

    No Spoko

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nathan Zatolokin

  21. 5 out of 5

    Faisal

  22. 5 out of 5

    Giovanni Sotera

  23. 5 out of 5

    Aaron Jones

  24. 4 out of 5

    Salaisubashini

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tarek

  26. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Rigores

  27. 5 out of 5

    Denitsa

  28. 4 out of 5

    J.G. Cully

  29. 4 out of 5

    Stan Rockwell

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bigfrozenhead

  31. 5 out of 5

    Owen

  32. 5 out of 5

    Chris Larson

  33. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Shannon

  34. 4 out of 5

    Bob

  35. 5 out of 5

    Bo

  36. 4 out of 5

    Rollo

  37. 5 out of 5

    Mike

  38. 5 out of 5

    Eugene booker

  39. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Hsu

  40. 4 out of 5

    Jason Lembcke

  41. 4 out of 5

    Shafiq

  42. 4 out of 5

    Rich Pratt

  43. 4 out of 5

    Eric Walters

  44. 5 out of 5

    Andrei

  45. 5 out of 5

    Rob

  46. 5 out of 5

    Christian

  47. 5 out of 5

    Jasmin Kocaer

  48. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Zimmermann

  49. 4 out of 5

    Edward Courtney Gainer

  50. 4 out of 5

    Paulo

  51. 4 out of 5

    Waqas

  52. 5 out of 5

    Гай

  53. 5 out of 5

    Ben

  54. 5 out of 5

    John

  55. 5 out of 5

    Ymli

  56. 5 out of 5

    Rahul Kumar

  57. 5 out of 5

    Jose Luis

  58. 5 out of 5

    Kira Thesus

  59. 4 out of 5

    John

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