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In this translation, the author presents the core text in two formats: first, the unadorned ancient words of wisdom ascribed to Sun-tzu, the author of The Art of War ; then, the same text with a running commentary from the canon of traditional Chinese commentators.
Sun Tzu was the author of The Art of War, an immensely influential ancient Chinese book on military strategy (for the most part not dealing directly with tactics). He is also one of the earliest realists in international relations theory.John Minford has translated many works from the Chinese, including two volumes of the Penguin Classics edition of Cao Xueqin's eighteenth-century novel The Story of the Stone. He is co-editor of the landmark anthology of translations Classical Chinese Literature.