"The world's most fascinating battles and how they were won or lost, according to the Chinese sage."-Kirkus Reviews
Imagine if Robert E. Lee had withdrawn to higher ground at Gettysburg instead of sending Pickett uphill against the entrenched Union line. Or if Napol�on, at Waterloo, had avoided mistakes he'd never made before. The advice that would have changed these crucial battles was written down centuries before Christ was born--but unfortunately for Lee, Napol�on, and Hitler, Sun Tzu's The Art of War only became widely available in the West in the mid-twentieth century. As Bevin Alexander shows, Sun Tzu's maxims often boil down to common sense, in a particularly pure and clear form. When Alexander frames these modern battles against 2,400-year-old precepts, the degree of overlap is stunning.
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W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
May 31, 2012
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