This great Chinese classic is finally presented, in its entirety, with the true elegance and simplicity of which it is worthy. Skillfully worded and carefully edited, this modern translation flows easily across the pages. Uncluttered by the scholarly notes and endless commentary found in other editions, Sun Tzu's wisdom unfolds to today's reader as if he were a student at the master's feet. As significant today as it was 2500 years ago, the Art of War teaches us to look beyond the conflicts and battles of life and see the true goals and opportunities. It teaches us the value of planning, of knowing our own abilities and the abilities of others, and of balancing our weakness against our strength. More than just a lesson in warfare, this book is a foundation for skillful leadership and powerful living. "The art of war teaches us to rely not on the likelihood of the enemy's not coming, but on our own readiness to receive him; not on the chance of his not attacking, but rather on the fact that we have made our position unassailable." Sun Tzu c. 500 BC.