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This award-winning book is two books in one: the complete text of Sun Tzu's The Art of War plus an explanation of the concepts hidden in the text. The only book that explains in detail the Chinese cultural concepts and writing techniques used in Sun Tzu's original text. Won Independent Publishers Book Award Multicultural Nonfiction book award recognition.

Its introduction explains how the diagrams used in traditional Chinese science and philosophy can be sued to simplify the complex ideas in Sun Tzu's competitive system. These diagrams start with the Bagua, the traditional Chinese eight-sided diagram that describes. After this introduction, the left-hand pages show the complete text of The Art of War while the facing right-hand pages explain that text in terms of Sun Tzu's original Chinese concepts, symbols, metaphors, and dozens of additional diagrams. These diagrams show the relationships among the components of competitive strategic positions including both the Creation Cycle (the Elemental Pentagon) and the Destruction/Domination Cycle (the Flying Star). Sun Tzu uses these diagrams or maps in new ways. The Creation Cycle map is used to show to flow of resources and costs from one element to another and it reverse to show the flow of rewards. The Destruction Cycle map is used to show the flow of information (and the types of "spies") and its reverse to show the most common mistakes in using the elements.

This book is a must-read for those who really want to understand Sun Tzu's text. It is the only book that shows the secret diagrams from traditional Chinese science used by Sun Tzu to construct his system and to explain the metaphors and Chinese concepts invisible in English translations of the 2,500-year-old classic. It includes an in-depth discussion and a glossary of key Chinese concepts.

The ancient science of bing-fa is based on a unique concept of how competition works. This is the first book that explains that system in detail.


Foreword-Rediscovering Sun Tzu

Introduction-Elemental Secrets

• Analysis Secret Knowledge

• Competitive Economics

• Unity Focus & Speed

• Opportunity Shape

• Innovation Force

• Competitive Relativity

• Costly Opposition

• Situation Response

• Exploration

• Evaluating Opportunities

• Nine Situations

• Environmental Vulnerability

• Acquiring Information


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  • Publication Date: May 21, 2012
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • Lending: Disabled
  • Print Length: 223 Pages
  • File Size: 1,164 KB

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