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A military treatise summing up the military experiences prior to and during the mid-Warring States period (475 BC - 221 BC).

Two editions of translations were released, and this publication includes everything:

  1. The 15 chapters of part 1 released in 1985
  2. The additional chapter released in 1985
  3. The 15 chapters from 1975's Part II, which were excised for that 1985 edition.

If this is what I think it is, then I first read this as The Second Art of War and found it a much better read than its predecessor. I was never able to find a book with that title.

  • aka Sun Bin: The Art of War
  • This is a two-book hardcover which also has the original/earlier The Art of War - (~476 BC book), by Sunzi
  • Published 2000-01-01
  • ISBN-10 7119024124
  • ISBN-13 978-7119024127
  • Note: I've read the author died in 310 BC, and I haven't seen a more accurate date for this book.

    • p.21 - Sunzi and Sun Bin lived more than 160 years apart.
  • Sun Bin (孫臏 · 孙膑)

    • Historians came to call him "Qi Sunzi" (Master Sun of Qi).



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The Art of War cover

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A military treatise from Ancient China's late Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 B.C.).

Like The Prince - (1910 book), by Niccolò Machiavelli, people have interpreted this text for all manner of uses such as the business world.

This is a dual language (Chinese-English) hardcover edition which was translated in China itself, as opposed to being one of the various foreign-made translations.



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Written Chinese is ancient barbarism.

I'm going to rant on some of the problems it has, with occasional glib solutions.

I understand that using pinyin was considered and declined back in the 40s. I still think using roman characters is probably the best solution, but let's play with the restriction of using most of the existing characters.


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In many cases, Chinese is a totally alien language compared to English. Some of the sounds are similar, but the tongue is in a different position.

The most unfortunate problem is that pinyin wasn't designed to solve pronunciation but was created to provide jobs to linguists. There's only a confusing match between phonetically-written English and pinyin, and a beginner will be easily overwhelmed.

So I'm going to do the work to describe, as best I can, various pinyin pronunciation items. I'm also going to develop a better way to phonetically write Chinese so my pronunciation learning curve isn't so steep. I think I'll look into the International Phonetic Alphabet as well.

Learning by ear is, of course, perfectly reasonable. I would recommend it. However, thinking long-term.. separately memorizing the pronunciation of every individual word is pretty ridiculous. Keep in mind that Chinese people don't have a consistent language, and I wouldn't bet there's a lot of consistency on pronunciation. Learning things "properly" with a universally-applicable skill would be best in the long-run.

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Reading and Writing Chinese - Third Edition

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Highly recommended - Mnemonics, multiple pictures for stroke order and details for each character's difficulty level give this book a completely different approach from the others I own.

Feel free to change the Amazon.com URL from .com to your language of choice. Odds are good that it'll be available from another amazon.foo website.

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