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    I would like recommendations on a decent translation of Sun Tzu's Art of War. I have one that I found... somewhere... but for some reason it just doesn't really engage me. Looking around, I've discovered that there are a number of different translations, so I'd be interested in hearing which one(s) that people have found to be readable/enjoyable. "Color commentary" in the text is okay, but not necessary.
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    Originally posted by mirrorshades View Post
    I would like recommendations on a decent translation of Sun Tzu's Art of War. I have one that I found... somewhere... but for some reason it just doesn't really engage me. Looking around, I've discovered that there are a number of different translations, so I'd be interested in hearing which one(s) that people have found to be readable/enjoyable. "Color commentary" in the text is okay, but not necessary.
    I've yet to find a classic translated that wasn't polluted with commentary.
    (Translations of Mao come to mind)

    My copy of Sun Tzu came from the Military Book Club and I was happy with it.
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    • #3
      Try the Art of War by Shambala Classics, I found it decent.

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      • #4
        Thanks for the responses, guys.
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        • #5
          Wikisource has the Lionel Giles 1910 translation.
          http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Art_of_War_%28Sun%29

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          • #6
            I have the Sawyer edition because it was recommended by ACG a while back. I haven't read it yet but on a brief look it's interesting. It has a section on historical background that other editions ignore. It also seams to be free of the garbage cliches you find in other editions.
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            • #7
              I have a few copies, but my favorite is:

              Oxford University Press ISBN 0-19-501540-1

              1963 Translation by Samuel B. Griffith & Foreward by B.H.Liddell Hart!
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              • #8
                Originally posted by the_redstar_swl View Post
                Wikisource has the Lionel Giles 1910 translation.
                http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Art_of_War_%28Sun%29
                James Clavell did a a great re-write of this edition in 1983 if you find this a bit ponderous to read. (Translated from Ehnngleesh to American!)
                History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon. Napoleon Bonaparte
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                BoRG
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                "I am Arthur, King of the Britons!"

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