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“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.”
— James A. Autry, co-author of Real Power: Business Lessons from the Tao Te Ching.

“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."
—Victor H. Mair, Professor,
Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Pennsylvania, translator of the Tao Te Ching, editor of The Columbia Anthology of Traditional Chinese Literature.

 “In 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.”
—Andrew R. Wilson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Strategy and Policy, United States Naval War College.

“This is the best Sun Tzu translation yet! A really significant contribution.”
— David Graff, Professor of Asian Studies, Kansas State University

"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."
Glenn W. Smith, Austin, Texas, from the Amazon.com web site.

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.
Sun Tzu's The Art of War is undisputedly one of the best-selling leadership books of all time. This new translation by the Denma Translation Group - led by Kidder Smith (Sung Dynasty Uses of the I-Ching), an Asian studies expert at Bowdoin College, and James Gimian, publisher of the Shambhala Sun magazine - helps bridge the gap between the ancient Chinese oral tradition and today's modern reader. It's supplemented with essays and commentary that demonstrate just how much this message of victory without aggression still resonates with how we conduct all aspects our lives today."

 

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