|Sun Tzu. Lionel Giles, trans. James Clavell, foreword.|
|Pages/Publication Date:||102 / 2005|
This book unravels the complexities of meaning found in the ancient military treatise (respected as much today for its skillful handling of human nature as for its battle stratagems), whose basic tenet is to know your enemy's strengths and weaknesses and turn them against him. Examining the work step by step, Lionel Giles's 1910 translation pays particular attention to the subtleties of the Chinese characters and the interpretations offered by centuries of informed commentators. James Clavell—author of Shogun and Tai-Pan—offers an insightful foreword to this edition, explaining why he has left intact the translation and Giles's notes.