Sun Tzu
544-496 BC

A Chinese general who lived around the 5th century BC.  He wrote The Art of War, one of the oldest textbooks on military warfare known to man.  

December 2009

Compiled by Bibliography Branch
Muir S.  Fairchild Research Information Center
Maxwell AFB, AL


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Internet Resources

"The Art of War" by Sun Tzu
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Maintained by the BBC.  Provides a good recap of Sun Tzu "The Art of War".

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A website for Sun Tzu's Art of War and is the gathering place of authors, scholars, and readers around the world, joined together by a common interest:  Sun Tzu's Art of War.

Sun Tzu (or Sunzi) & more.  Maxwell AFB, AL, Air War College.
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Excellent links to guides to study Sun Tzu and related writings via Air War College Gateway.

Watson, John.  Sun Tzu's Art of War.  2009.
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This site is based on the English translation by Lionel Giles first published in 1910.  The site can be searched, browsed, and referenced for individual passages that can quickly and easily be use in a bibliography.


Chu-ko, Liang.  Mastering the Art of War.  Boston, Shambhala Publications, 1989.  134 p.
Discusses Sun Tzu's theories.
Book call no.:  355.02 C559m

The Complete Art of War.  Boulder, CO, Westview Press, 1996.  304 p.
Translated, with historical introduction and commentary by Ralph D. Sawyer; with collaboration of Mei-Chun Lee Sawyer.
Book call no.:  355.02 S958c

The Essence of War:  Leadership and Strategy from the Chinese Military Classics, edited by Ralph D. Sawyer.  Boulder, CO, Westview Press, 2004.  312 p.
Translated by Ralph D. Sawyer.  Selections from the seven military classics of ancient China.  Includes bibliographical references (pp 309-312) and index.
Book call no.:  355.02 E78

Handel, Michael I.  Masters of War:  Classical Strategic Thought.  3rd rev. and expanded ed.  Portland, OR, 2001.  482 p.
Book call no.:  355.02 H2362m 2001

Hawkins, David E. and Rajagopal, Shan.  Sun Tzu and the Project Battleground:  Creating Project Strategy from 'The Art of War'.  New York, Palgrave MacMillan, 2005.  221 p.
Book call no.:  658.404 H393s

Kane, Thomas M.  Ancient China on Postmodern War:  Enduring Ideas from the Chinese Strategic Tradition.  New York, Routledge, 2007.  193 p.
Book call no.:  355.020931 K16a

McNeilly, Mark R.  Sun Tzu and the Art of Modern Warfare.  New York, Oxford University Press, 2001.  304 p.
Book call no.:  355.02 M169s

Richards, Chester W.  A Swift, Elusive Sword:  What If Sun Tzu and John Boyd Did a National Defense Review?  Washington, DC, Center for Defense Information, 2001.  84 p.
Also available online at:  (If link does not open, copy & paste into browser address line).
Book call no.:  355.033573 R514s

Roots of Strategy:  A Collection of Military Classics, edited by Thomas R. Phillips.  Harrisburg, PA , Military Service Publishing Co., 1940.  448 p.
Sun Tzu on the Art of War, by Lionel Giles, pp 11-63.
Book call no.:  355 S57a 1963

Sun Tzu.  The Art of War.  Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1963.  197 p.
Translated and with an introduction by Samuel B. Griffith.
Book call no.:  355 S57a 1963

Sun Tzu.  The Art of War.  New York, Delacorte Press, 1983.  82 p.
Edited and with a forward by James Clavell.
Book call no.:  355 S57a 1983

Sun-Tzu:  The Art of Warfare.  New York, Ballantine Books, 1993.  321 p.
Translated by Ames, Roger T.  The first English translation incorporating the recently discovered Yin-Chueh-Shan texts, with an introduction and commentary, by Roger T. Ames.
Book call no.:  355.02 S958s

Sun-Tzu:  The New Translation.  New York, Morrow, 1993.  229 p.
Research and reinterpretation by J. H. Huang.  Includes bibliographical references (pp 283-288) and index.
Book call no.:  355.02 S958s 1993

Tao, Hanzhang.  Sun Tzu's Art of War:  The Modern Chinese Interpretation, translated by Yuan Shibing.  New York, Sterling Publishing Co., Inc, 1987.  128 p.
Translated by Yuan Shibing.
Book call no.:  355 T171s

Wang, Gung-Hsing.  The Chinese Mind.  New York, John Day, 1946.  192 p.
Sun-Wu, China's greatest teacher of war, pp 92-100.
Book call no.:  181.1 W246c

War:  A Matter of Principles, edited by David Evans.  RAAF Base, Fairbairn ACT:  Aerospace Centre, 2000.  183 p.
Includes bibliographical references (pp. 168-173) and index.
Book call no.:  355.02 W25310

Documents (Student Research)

Borik, Frank C.  Sun Tzu and the Art of Submarine Warfare.  Maxwell AFB, AL, Air War College, April, 1995.  40 p.
Defense analytical study.
Doc. call no.:  M-U 43117 B734s

Cook, Patricia J.  Applying Sun Tzu's Ancient "Art of War" to the Future.  Carlisle, PA, Army War College, 1999.  32 p.
Also available online at:
Doc. call no.:  M-U 39080-537 C7713a

Jeong, Kook Bohn.  The Legacy of Sun Tzu:  The Role of the "Unconventional" in Military Studies.  Fort Leavenworth, KS, Army Command and General Staff College, 1981.  70 p.
Doc. call no.:  M-U 42002 J54L

Johnson, Eric N.  Sun Tzu in the Age of Technology.  Maxwell AFB, AL, Air War College, 1992.  19 p.
Doc. call no.:  M-U 43117 M5381b

Mendez, Anthony W.  The Gettysburg Campaign:  "Know Your Enemy, Know Yourself".  Maxwell AFB, AL, Air War College, April 1995.  41 p.
Discusses the Battle of Gettysburg in light of Sun Tzu's principles of war.
Doc. call no.:  M-U 43117 M5381b

Mixon, Benjamin R.  Concentration of Military Forces in Joint Operations:  Applying Theory to Reality.  Fort Leavenworth, KS, Army Command and General Staff College, March 1988.  40 p.
Doc. call no.:  M-U 42022-2 M685e

Phelps, Lawrence P.  East Meets West:  A Combined Approach to Studying War and Strategy in the 21st Century.  Carlisle, PA, Army War College, 2006.  14 p.
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Book call no.:  M-U 39080-537 P539s

Rice, Sean P.  Sun Tzu:  Ancient Theories for a Strategy Against Islamic Extremism.  Carlisle Barracks, PA, Army War College, 2006.  22 p.
Includes bibligraphical references (pp 19-22).
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Book call no.:  M-U 39080-537 R497s

Senenko, Christopher M.  Network Centric Warfare and the Principles of War.  Norfolk, VA, Joint Forces Staff College, Joint Advanced Warfighting School, 2007.  62 p.
Specific Sun Tzu's principles are mentioned throughout the paper.
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Doc. call no.:  M-U 36185-37 S475n

Sprayberry, William J.  Synopsis of:  The Art of War.  Maxwell AFB, AL, Air Command and Staff College, April 1985.  23 p.
Doc. call no.:  M-U 43122 S767s

Thompson, Philip S.  U. S. Army Deception at the Operational Level of War.  Fort Leavenworth, KS, Army Command and Staff College, March 1991.  45 p.
Examines the deception theories of Sun Tzu, Clausewitz, and Liddell Hart and offers historical examples of their applications.
Doc. call no.:  M-U 42022-2 T475u

Welch, Mark S.  What Will Be the Character of the Next War?  Newport, RI, Navel War College, March 1995.  15 p.
Discusses the Sun Tzu and Clausewitz theories in relation to the probable strategy and character of the next war.
Doc. call no.:  M-U 41662 W441w


Arm-San, Kim.  A Note on Sunzi's Art of War and Limited War.  Korean Journal of Defense Analysis 6:245-257 Summer 1994.

Boorman, Scot A. and Boorman, Howard L.  Mao Tse-Tung and the Art of War.  Journal of Asian Studies 24:129-137 November 1964.

Chipman, Don D.  Role of Intelligence in the Oriental Concept of Command.  Marine Corps Gazette 75:86-90 July 1991.

Coker, Christopher.  What Would Sun Tzu Say about the War on Terrorism?  RUSI Journal 148:16-20 February 2003.
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Early Strategist. Sun Tzu:  The Art of War.  Times Literary Supplement, p 687, September 13, 1963.
Book review of translation by Samuel B. Griffith.

Exploits of Sun Tzu:  The Art of War by Sun Tzu.  Saturday Review of Literature 28:23 March 3, 1945.
Book Review.

Kane, Thomas.  To Hear the Thunder:  China's Master Strategist Sun Tzu.   Strategy & Tactics 154:53-54 September 1992.

Kaul, B. M.  Studies in the Art of War.  Military Review 35:78-98 September 1955.

Krause, Michael G.  Classical Strategists and the Indirect Approach.  Australian Defence Force Journal 119:17-20 July-August 1996.
The aim of this article is to discuss the principles of the indirect approach as described by Liddell Hart and Sun Tzu.

Kumble, Stephen.  Sun Tzu:  "C4ISR+NCW (network-centric warfare) = Total Victory.  Asian Defence Journal 1:32-33 January-February 2004.

Laughridge, Gene.  Sun Tzu on Communications.  Army Communicator 20:20-21 Winter 1995.

Maxwell, David S.  Operations Enduring Freedom--Philippines:  What Would Sun Tzu Say?  Military Review 84:20-23 May-June 2004.
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McCready, Douglas M.  Learning from Sun Tzu.  Military Review 83:85-88 May-June 2003.
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Rong Phua and Charles Choa.  From the Gulf War to Global War on Terror - A Distorted Sun Tzu in US Strategic Thinking?  RUSI Journal 152:46-52 1 December 2007.
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Rusong, Wu and Qing, Liu.  The World's Most Famous Book on the Art of War. The Military Science of Sun Zi:  Spanning Centuries and Borders.  China Pictorial 3:24-29 1992.

Soonthornkit, Saridporn.  Sun Tzu:  Strategic Paralysis and Small Nations.   Royal Air Force Power Review 4:28-63 Winter 2001.

Straight, Mike.  Sun Tzu at Mach 2.  USAF Fighter Weapons Review 38 :2-4 Spring 1990.


The Art of War.  Chagrin Falls, OH, Findaway World, 2007.  1 media player (Playaway), 2 hrs.
Audio book format digital; Playaway.
Audio call no.:  355.02 S958ad Play

The Art of War.  Solon, OH, Playaway Digital Audio, 2008.  1 media player (Playaway), 60 min.
Translated by Thomas Cleary.
Audio call no.:  355.02 S958ac Play

The Art of War.  Old Saybrook, CT, Tantor Media , 2008.  4 CDs digital; 4 3/4 in.; 2 hrs.
Translated and a historical introduction by Ralph Sawyer. 
Audio call no:  355.02 S958aa Audio

Sun Tzu:  The Art of War.  Bethesda, MD, Discovery Communications, Inc, 1994.  1 Videocassette, 50 min.
Videorecording on Sun Tzu's Art of War.
Video call no.:  355 S57ad

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