Author: Baldassare Castiglione
Publisher: Courier Corporation
View: 3031An insider's view of court life during the Renaissance, here is the handiwork of a 16th-century diplomat who was called upon to resolve the differences in a war of etiquette among the Italian nobility.
Author: Sun Tzu,Sunzi,Thomas F. Cleary
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
View: 5034An ancient Chinese treatise on the strategies of war stresses the importance of speed, sound tactics, subterfuge, discipline, appropriate form of attack, and accurate intelligence.
Complete Texts and Commentaries
Author: Sunzi,Thomas F. Cleary,Sun Tzu
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
View: 6691A collection of essential versions of the Art of War includes The Art of War, Mastering the Art of War, The Lost Art of War, and The Silver Sparrow Art of War, in a volume complemented by commentary by the author's successors. Reprint.
Author: Sunzi,Mei-chün Sawyer
Publisher: Basic Books (AZ)
View: 2657A newly conceived and highly accessible version of this classic text, translated by renowned Chinese military historian Ralph D. Sawyer, for readers who are new to this immensely popular work
A New Translation
Author: Jonathan Clements
Publisher: Hachette UK
View: 817A new translation for the 21st century. The Art of War by Sun Tzu is one of the most influential political and business books of our era. This gateway edition for the 21st century reader rediscovers the essential clarity of the ancient masterpiece, cited by generals from a dozen Chinese dynasties, international business leaders, and modern military field manuals. This edition also contains a full commentary on Sun Tzu, the man and his ideas, contemporary of Confucius and Buddha; and a critical guide to further reading. This is the perfect introduction to one of the world's best-known classics.
Sun Tzu's Strategy for Managers
Author: Gary Gagliardi,Sun Tzu
Publisher: Clearbridge Publishing
View: 4854Two books in one! The complete text of the only award-winning English translation of "Sun Tzu's The Art of War" plus a line-by-line adaptation for management called "The Art of Management." Based on Gary Gagliardi's management use of Sun Tzu in building one of the Inc. 500 fastest growing companies in America and training scores of the world's best known organizations in Sun Tzu's competitive strategy. Designed to appeal to managers in any type of organization, "The Art of War Plus The Art of Management" uses Sun Tzu's proven strategy to address the leadership challenges of directing people, resources, quality, and continual improvement in a modern organization. This is a work of translation, not only from the ancient Chinese to English, but from a military terminology to the language of modern management. It works because Sun Tzu wrote about competitive strategy as a battle of minds not weapons. However, as defined by Sun Tzu, competitive strategy is not a system of strategic planning as often envisioned by managers. Planning, in the sense of prioritizing a list of activities, works in controlled environments where you can know how others will respond to your decisions. Competitive strategy works in environments where your decisions collide with the decisions of others, creating conditions that no one planned. Most managers are confused about the competition. This confusion often arises from two false dichotomies. The first is between competition and cooperation, thinking that since cooperation means working together, competition means working against others. The second false dichotomy is between competition and production, thinking that because production is productive, competition must be destructive. What people fail to see is that competition is essential to both cooperation and production. Table of Contents Foreword: Using Management Strategy 8Introduction: Sun Tzu's Strategic System16 1 Analysis23 The Strategic Situation25 2 Going to War37 Taking Control39 3Planning an Attack49 Preparing to Advance51 4Positioning61 Advancing Solutions63 5Momentum 73 Process Innovation75 6Weakness and Strength85 Problems and Opportunities87 7 Armed Conflict101 Internal Politics103 8 Adaptability 115 Continuous Improvement117 9Armed March125 Making Progress127 10Field Position 145 Best Practices147 11Types of Terrain 163 The Work Environment165 12 Attacking with Fire189 Attacking Cycle Time191 13 Using Spies 201 Acquiring Information203 Glossary of Key Strategic Concepts 214 Index of Topics in The Art of War 220 Reviews "Gary Gagliardi is to be commended for the clarity and fluidity of his translation of The Art of War as well as for his skillful juxtaposition of the content with important issues in the contemporary business world as he focuses on the basic strategies and tactics of effective management... In terms of both Gagliardi's translation and analysis, his is a brilliant achievement." ROBERT MORRIS, Morris & Associates, Five-Star Reviews, Ranked #10 among Amazon and Borders Top 100 Reviewers "Two books in one, this retranslating of Sun Tzu's classic warfare text, The Art of War, runs side by side with Gagliardi's application of it to business...Both are excellent guides to their subject." F. JOHN REH, About.com Guide to Management "It is sheer genius to adapt Sun Tzu's The Art of War to provide a manual for management. I have a degree in history and have managed numerous businesses over the years, but Gary Gagliardi has brought everything together for the first time. He urges us to 'learn from the history of success.' With the winning philosophy of thousands of years on our side, we cannot go wrong!" THOMAS FORTENBERRY, Editor, Publisher, Literary Judge, and Award-Winning Author, Mind Fire Press
Author: Lao Tzu,Sun Tzu,Tom Butler-Bowdon
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
View: 8200Find out how to lead without conflict with these ancient bestselling personal development guides. Sun Tzu s message of winning without conflict still resonates now 2,500 years later. The Art of War brings a different way of seeing conflict, teaching us that with enough intelligence, it is possible to conquer with a minimum of force and little destruction to gain a win–win outcome, not just defeating a person in an argument but bringing them over to our way of thinking. Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu focuses on attunement, rather than mindless striving, offering an alternative to command–and–control leadership and a different way of seeing personal success a position that has led to this ancient Chinese text becoming an internationally bestselling leadership guide. Sun Tzu and Lao Tzu: The Ancient Classics Collection: The Art of War and Tao Te Ching offer: lessons for managers and business leaders Strategies for survival and success in difficult times Advice on how to conquer with minimal destruction and conflict An introduction from Tom Butler Brown, the personal development literature expert These luxury hardback editions are perfect as a keepsake for yourself or as a present for your friends and family.
Author: Samuel B. Griffith
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
View: 7370Masterful pacing, vivid character sketches, and gripping action blend with rigorous historical detail in Samuel B. Griffith's The Battle for Guadalcanal. Launched on August 7, 1942, to protect Allied control of the strategic South Pacific islands, the Guadalcanal operation was the most costly American offensive of World War II in the history of the U.S. Navy up to that time. Griffith, who fought with Edson's Raiders on Guadalcanal, describes in gritty detail the vicious close-range fighting, the valiant defense of the Henderson Field airstrip, and the dramatic naval engagements that led, in February 1943, to an American victory. Drawing on American and Japanese sources, Griffith delineates the strategic decisions that shaped the conflict as well as the determination and endurance of combatants on both sides. A breathtaking narrative of military action anchored by a historian's objectivity, The Battle for Guadalcanalis a story of raw courage, desperate measures, and ultimate triumph.
The Book of Change
Author: Thomas Cleary
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
View: 8711The I Ching (Book of Change) is considered the oldest of the Chinese classics, and has throughout Chinese history commanded unsurpassed prestige and popularity. Containing several layers of text and given numerous levels of interpretation, the I Ching has been venerated for more than three thousand years as an oracle of fortune, a guide to success, and a source of wisdom. The underlying theme of the text is change, and how this fundamental force influences all aspects of life—from business and politics to personal relationships. This translation of the I Ching draws on ancient Confucian commentary, which emphasizes applying practical wisdom in everyday affairs.
Author: Albert Camus
Publisher: Penguin UK
View: 5711Meursault leads an apparently unremarkable bachelor life in Algiers until he commits a random act of violence. His lack of emotion and failure to show remorse only serve to increase his guilt in the eyes of the law, and challenges the fundamental values of society - a set of rules so binding that any person breaking them is condemned as an outsider. For Meursault, this is an insult to his reason and a betrayal of his hopes; for Camus it encapsulates the absurdity of life. In The Outsider (1942), his classic existentialist novel, Camus explores the predicament of the individual who refuses to pretend and is prepared to face the indifference of the universe, courageously and alone.
Author: Jean Larteguy
View: 8413The military cult classic with resonance to the wars in Iraq and Vietnam—now back in print When The Centurions was first published in 1960, readers were riveted by the thrilling account of soldiers fighting for survival in hostile environments. They were equally transfixed by the chilling moral question the novel posed: how to fight when the “age of heroics is over.” As relevant today as it was half a century ago, The Centurions is a gripping military adventure, an extended symposium on waging war in a new global order, and an essential investigation of the ethics of counterinsurgency. Featuring a foreword by renowned military expert Robert D. Kaplan, this important wartime novel will again spark debate about controversial tactics in hot spots around the world. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Author: Richard Adams
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
View: 7750Soon to be a major Netflix animated miniseries starring James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, and Oscar and Grammy award-winner Sir Ben Kingsley. A worldwide bestseller for more than forty years, Watership Down is the compelling tale of a band of wild rabbits struggling to hold onto their place in the world—“a classic yarn of discovery and struggle” (The New York Times). Richard Adams’s Watership Down is a timeless classic and one of the most beloved novels of all time. Set in the Hampshire Downs in Southern England, an idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of “suspense, hot pursuit, and derring-do” (Chicago Tribune) follows a band of rabbits in flight from the incursion of man and the destruction of their home. Led by a stouthearted pair of brothers, they travel forth from their native Sandleford warren through harrowing trials to a mysterious promised land and a more perfect society. “A marvelous story of rebellion, exile, and survival” (Sunday Telegraph) this is an unforgettable literary classic for all ages.
Author: Niccolo Machiavelli
Publisher: Chump Change
View: 5328Unabridged version of THE PRINCE, by Niccolo Machiavelli and translated by N. H. Thomson, offered here for chump change. From 1513, THE PRINCE is divided into chapters covering ruling power, be it in the office or across continents. Topics include power forms (mixed, heredity), power acquisition (with help, through criminal acts), and power aspects (bearing, flatters, secretaries). Read it. Learn from it. Use it. Contents DEDICATION 3 CHAPTER I: OF THE VARIOUS KINDS OF PRINCEDOM, AND OF THE WAYS IN WHICH THEY ARE ACQUIRED 3 CHAPTER II: OF HEREDITARY PRINCEDOMS 3 CHAPTER III: OF MIXED PRINCEDOMS 4 CHAPTER IV: WHY THE KINGDOM OF DARIUS, CONQUERED BY ALEXANDER, DID NOT, ON ALEXANDER'S DEATH, REBEL AGAINST HIS SUCCESSORS 7 CHAPTER V: HOW CITIES OR PROVINCES WHICH BEFORE THEIR ACQUISITION HAVE LIVED UNDER THEIR OWN LAWS ARE TO BE GOVERNED 8 CHAPTER VI: OF NEW PRINCEDOMS WHICH A PRINCE ACQUIRES WITH HIS OWN ARMS AND BY MERIT 9 CHAPTER VII: OF NEW PRINCEDOMS ACQUIRED BY THE AID OF OTHERS AND BY GOOD FORTUNE 11 CHAPTER VIII: OF THOSE WHO BY THEIR CRIMES COME TO BE PRINCES 14 CHAPTER IX: OF THE CIVIL PRINCEDOM 16 CHAPTER X: HOW THE STRENGTH OF ALL PRINCEDOMS SHOULD BE MEASURED 17 CHAPTER XI: OF ECCLESIASTICAL PRINCEDOMS 18 CHAPTER XII: HOW MANY DIFFERENT KINDS OF SOLDIERS THERE ARE, AND OF MERCENARIES 19 CHAPTER XIII: OF AUXILIARY, MIXED, AND NATIONAL ARMS 21 CHAPTER XIV: OF THE DUTY OF A PRINCE IN RESPECT OF MILITARY AFFAIRS 23 CHAPTER XV: OF THE QUALITIES IN RESPECT OF WHICH MEN, AND MOST OF ALL PRINCES, ARE PRAISED OR BLAMED 24 CHAPTER XVI: OF LIBERALITY AND MISERLINESS 25 CHAPTER XVII: OF CRUELTY AND CLEMENCY, AND WHETHER IT IS BETTER TO BE LOVED OR FEARED 26 CHAPTER XVIII: HOW PRINCES SHOULD KEEP FAITH 27 CHAPTER XIX: THAT A PRINCE SHOULD SEEK TO ESCAPE CONTEMPT AND HATRED 28 CHAPTER XX: WHETHER FORTRESSES, AND CERTAIN OTHER EXPEDIENTS TO WHICH PRINCES OFTEN HAVE RECOURSE, ARE PROFITABLE OR HURTFUL 33 CHAPTER XXI: HOW A PRINCE SHOULD BEAR HIMSELF SO AS TO ACQUIRE REPUTATION 35 CHAPTER XXII: OF THE SECRETARIES OF PRINCES 36 CHAPTER XXIII: THAT FLATTERERS SHOULD BE SHUNNED 37 CHAPTER XXIV: WHY THE PRINCES OF ITALY HAVE LOST THEIR STATES 38 CHAPTER XXV: WHAT FORTUNE CAN EFFECT IN HUMAN AFFAIRS, AND HOW SHE MAY BE WITHSTOOD 38 CHAPTER XXVI: AN EXHORTATION TO LIBERATE ITALY FROM THE BARBARIANS 40
Author: Sun Tzu,Sun Zi
Category: Business & Economics
View: 362TOP 5 ART OF WAR QUOTES 1. "Know your enemy and know yourself, win without danger." 2. "Knowing when to do battle and when not to do battle brings victory." 3. "Those skilled at making war subdue another s army without battle, overcome another s walled cities without attack, overthrow another s kingdom without delay." 4. "Those who forego contemplation, merely expecting an enemy to be easy, will be captured by him." 5. "When doing battle, prizing victories that take too long dulls weapons and grinds down spirits." From business to politics to sports, the Art of War is as timely for leaders today as it was for military strategists in ancient China: strategy, negotiation, management, analysis, psychology, logistics, risk, conflict -- everyone from Secretary of State Colin Powell to influential tech CEO Larry Ellison to NBA super-coach Phil Jackson has profited from the timeless wisdom of Sun Tzu's classic. This special pocket edition of Sun Tzu's Original Art of War uses the most recent archaeological and academic research to recover the original Chinese text and faithfully recreate it in English, avoiding the unnecessary wordiness and inaccurate abstractions of other English translations. "The Art of War is among the greatest classics of military literature ever written. Sun Tzu warfare is as applicable today as when the book was written some 2,500 years ago.... Pick up The Art of War and read it." General A.M. Gray, Marine Corps Gazette "When the Japanese, especially those in business, want information on the subject, many turn to an ancient Chinese, not Japanese, military manual, The Art of War.... Shows managers how to be fearless in resolving conflicts." Boardroom Reports "Unlike most of the more wordy and interpretive translations of the Sun Tzu, Andrew Zieger gives us a unique bare bones rendering of this canonical text a series of word pictures that, in applying his own image-to-image technique, captures the poetically laconic force of the original. In this rendering, the Sun Tzu has not needed to surrender the beauty of its language for the victorious expression of its meaning." Roger T. Ames, Leading scholar in ancient Chinese literature and translator of "Sun Tzu: The Art of Warfare" (1993) "A highly accessible rendering of the influential work of military theory. Successfully evokes the careful, meditative response Sun- Tzu recommends to would be war-makers. Of use to anyone engaged in competitive endeavors, be they on the battlefield or at the poker table." Martin Harris, Poker journalist and author of the novel Same Difference (2010)
Author: William Styron
Publisher: Open Road Media
View: 1893This award-winning novel of love, survival, and agonizing regret in post–WWII Brooklyn “belongs on that small shelf reserved for American masterpieces” (The Washington Post Book World). Winner of the National Book Award and a modern classic, Sophie’s Choice centers on three characters: Stingo, a sexually frustrated aspiring novelist; Nathan, his charismatic but violent Jewish neighbor; and Sophie, an Auschwitz survivor who is Nathan’s lover. Their entanglement in one another’s lives will build to a stirring revelation of agonizing secrets that will change them forever. Poetic in its execution, and epic in its emotional sweep, Sophie’s Choice explores the good and evil of humanity through Stingo’s burgeoning worldliness, Nathan’s volatile personality, and Sophie’s tragic past. Mixing elements from Styron’s own experience with themes of the Holocaust and the history of slavery in the American South, the novel is a profound and haunting human drama, representing Styron at the pinnacle of his literary brilliance. This ebook features an illustrated biography of William Styron, including original letters, rare photos, and never-before-seen documents from the Styron family and the Duke University Archives.