Reviews and Comments
“This luminous translation gave me a much clearer understanding of Sun
Tzu’s deeper purpose – to make war unnecessary. The Denma Group’s insights into ‘taking whole’ and
recognizing and using what is, in the present moment, show us how to apply Sun
Tzu’s wisdom in everyday situations, fraught as they so often are with the
potential for conflict. This is
wisdom we need now more than ever.”
“An exhilarating experience. The principles of translation adhered to
by the Denma group are among the best I have ever encountered for ancient
Chinese texts. They have a collective genius in presenting difficult ideas and
unfamiliar concepts in an amazingly straightforward way."
my seminars I have found that the Denma group’s Art of War is the one
version of the text that most closely resonates with the professional experience
of senior military officers regarding tactics and doctrine. It’s the most
sophisticated and accessible I’ve seen.”
is the best Sun Tzu translation yet! A really significant contribution.”
"The book arrived in my hands just as I began the final stages of negotiations on some
tough but exciting new businesses I've begun. I've been in politics and public life for 25
years, and these are the most challenging circumstances I have yet been involved in. The translation and commentary resonate like a bell, and the ringing accompanies every
minute of my days. There's a sense of wonder to the Denma Group's attention to Sun Tzu. Their work is beautiful."
Publishers Weekly praises our edition of The Art of War in the Forecast section (Religion Notes) of the December 11 issue, saying:
"When Hollywood movies show their heroes reading The Art of War during quiet moments between action sequences, as Wesley Snipes did recently, it's clear that Sun Tzu's ancient Chinese treatise has found new cultural cachet. Among the numerous recent translations available, the Denma Translation Group's The Art of War: A New Translation is memorable for its psychological, almost pacifistic perspective on the text. War is interpreted as any situation of conflict, and victory becomes the triumph of persuading others without ever having to battle in the first place. This is an intriguing new angle on an age-old text."
And here is what Publishers Weekly said in the Notes section of the Non-Fiction Forecasts in their very next issue, December 18, 2000, a rare second mention for the same book:
"Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way.