The School of Sun Tzu

Winning Empires Without War

by David G. Jones



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/3/2012

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Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 400
ISBN : 9781469769110
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 400
ISBN : 9781469769127
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 400
ISBN : 9781469769134

About the Book

In The School of Sun Tzu, author David G. Jones offers a voyage of discovery into the world of competition and conflict. His book presents fresh thought on how issue management without conflict can be applied in today’s complex world.

The School of Sun Tzu carefully examines how the empire of China came into being, the leadership of its first emperor, and the role played by his learned academies - which gave us the Tao Te Ching and the Ping-fa by Sun Tzu (incorrectly translated as "Art of War"). The concepts, values and practices that helped found China defined the greatness of the first empire. History knows of, but has not articulated the revisionist conspiracy of the second empire that worked so hard to discredit all the good that the first had achieved, while leaving it essentially intact.

Fusing history, politics, philosophy, and motivational theory, Jones challenges not only conventional wisdom regarding Sun Tzu and Lao Tzu, but even some generally accepted aspects of Chinese history. It offers enlightening insights into a methodology as valid today for relationship management as it was centuries ago.

About the Author

David G. Jones is a seasoned author and lecturer, who has long studied the ways that organizations succeed, and fail. He is an advocate of “horizontal,” multi-disciplinary approaches to problem definition and solution development. The author has worked in business and in all three levels of government where he continues to serve as a management consultant. His research on "Sun Tzu" was undertaken over a ten year period, during which he carefully examined what has been said and written about the alleged "General" since the time of the Warring States. At the same time, his investigations, aided by a corresponding analysis of the Tao Te Ching, uncovered surprising facts and issues concerning the foundation of the Chinese empire.

David holds an officer’s commission in the Canadian Army with service in both infantry and artillery units. He is a Fellow of the University of King’s College, and has lectured at Royal Roads University and Athabasca University. In 2002, he was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal which recognized “Canadians who have made outstanding and exemplary contributions to their communities or to Canada as a whole.”

David lives in Ottawa, Canada’s capital. He is married to the lovely Ena Gwen, and they have three grown children living in the capital area.