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Lay out your strategy for the day, a meeting, or your novel between lines written by a preeminent strategist.

Dated to about the fifth century BC, The Art of War is considered the world’s oldest treatise on war tactics. Attributed to Sun Tzu of China’s Zhou dynasty, the book addresses important aspects of warfare, such as planning offenses, military combat, and the use of spies. Influential in Eastern civilization for millennia and in Western culture since its first translation in the 18th century, this book’s teachings have been applied to scenarios as varied as office politics, the Vietnam War, and American football.


A Novel Journal: The Art of War infuses new life into a military heirloom by inviting writers to pen their own ideas between the lines of a time-honored book. The entirety of The Art of War, followed by a later version with commentary by British Museum expert Lionel Giles, forms the lines of this journal in tiny type. Whether simply recording the happenings of a day or strategizing for the future, whatever is written in these pages will be in the company of greatness. 


Packaged with a Svepa cover, brilliant endpapers, colored edges, and matching elastic band, this book is a great gift or collectible for Chinese history buffs or military enthusiasts. And the compact size makes this journal easy to slip into a purse, briefcase, or backpack so you can record and revisit your thoughts on the go.

Sun Tzu (544 B.C.–496 B.C.) was an ancient Chinese military general, strategist, and philosopher from the Zhou Dynasty, who has had a significant impact on Chinese and Asian history and culture, both as an author of The Art of War as well as through legend.

  • Publisher: Canterbury Classics (February 8, 2006)
  • Length: 192 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781626865990

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