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The Art of War

The Essential Translation of the Classic Book of Life

by Sun Tzu Author · John Minford Translator

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Master Sun said: "Ultimate excellence lies not in winning every battle but in defeating the enemy without ever fighting."

For more than two thousand years, The Art of War has stood as a cornerstone of Chinese culture, a lucid text that reveals as much about psychology, politics, and economics as it does about battlefield strategy. For those seeking a deeper understanding of this seminal work, scholar John Minford brings the words of Sun-tzu to life for modern listeners, presenting the core text in two formats:

Part I: The original text by Sun-tzu
Ray Porter reads the unadorned thirteen chapters, allowing listeners to form their own first impressions of the ancient words of wisdom ascribed to Sun-tzu.

Part II: The original text with running commentary
Read by Ray Porter and Lorna Raver, the original text is presented again, this time with extensive running commentary by traditional Chinese scholars and the translator, providing context and subtext for the work. Included is a lively, learned introduction, read by Lorna Raver, in which Minford explores the life and times of Sun-tzu and considers how best to read and understand the work today.

Even those readers familiar with The Art of War will experience it anew, finding it more fascinating and more relevant than ever.

Publication Details

Publisher:
Blackstone Publishing
Imprint:
Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Buck 50 Productions, LLC
Edition:
Unabridged
Publication Date:
2008

Format

  • OverDrive MP3 Audiobook 254.7 MB
  • OverDrive Listen 254.2 MB

John Minford (Translator)

John Minford studied Chinese at Oxford and has taught in China, Hong Kong, and New Zealand. His highly regarded translations from the Chinese include two volumes of the Penguin Classics edition of Cao Xueqin's eighteenth-century novel The Story of...

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Yuri Rasovsky (Director)

Yuri Rasovsky (1944-2012) was the leading writer, producer, and director of audio drama in the United States. Also a distinguished actor, narrator, and critic, his numerous honors include two Peabody Awards, eight Audie Awards, and a Grammy.

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Yuri Rasovsky (Producer)

Yuri Rasovsky (1944-2012) was the leading writer, producer, and director of audio drama in the United States. Also a distinguished actor, narrator, and critic, his numerous honors include two Peabody Awards, eight Audie Awards, and a Grammy.

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Lorna Raver (Author of introduction, etc.)

Lorna Raver, named one of AudioFile magazine's Best Voices of the Year, has received numerous Audie nominations and AudioFile Earphones Awards. An experienced stage actress, she has also guest-starred on many top television series and starred in d...

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Sun Tzu (Author)

Sun-tzu lived in China in the sixth century BC, serving as a general and strategist to the king of Wu.

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Creators

Narrator :
Ray Porter
Translator :
John Minford
Director :
Yuri Rasovsky
Producer :
Yuri Rasovsky
Author of introduction, etc. :
Lorna Raver
Author :
Sun Tzu
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