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Publication of The School of Sun Tzu: Winning Empires without War


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No, the "Art of War" was not by "Sun Tzu" - the work was actually The Art of Peace by the School of Sun Tzu.

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Publication of The School of Sun Tzu: Winning Empires without War

  1. 1. N O T I C E O F P U B L I C A T I O NTitle: The School of Sun TzuSubtitle: Winning Empires without WarAuthor: David G. Jones B.A., M.A., Fellow of the University of Kings CollegeAwards: Designated a “Rising Star” and “Editor’s Choice” by iUniverseFormat: 5.5x8.5 Perfect BoundPrice: Hardcover $37.95; Softcover $27.95; eBook $3.99Availability: and; the authorPage Count: 420Category: HIS027000 Exactly what was the purpose of the terra cotta army of Chinas first emperor? Some imagine that this "army" was constructed to protect the emperor in the afterlife. But clay armies protect nobody. This incredible display was the gateway to the first emperors memorial to the end of war.Lessons for negotiators, relationship managers, national leaders and diplomats gained from thestrategies that ended the period of the Warring States in China, and helped found the First Empire.Globally, conditions are reminiscent of an epoch 2000 years ago, in what is now China.Conflict is ubiquitous and continuing. War is happening somewhere every day. Attemptsat establishing harmony are frustrated. The fervent wish of many is that means be foundto open channels between opposing parties, build trust and strong relationships that willallow people to move forward collectively. How can this be done? My research, now published as The School of Sun Tzu, examines in detail how asmall state - over two millennia ago - was able to end 254 years of war, and then bondthose warring states into the Chinese empire. All that was achieved in just two decades- through diplomatic means. The School of Sun Tzu links, for the first time, the history of the foundation ofChina as a nation with the method used to make it happen. That method included atreatise on principles and philosophy known as the Tao Te Ching, today one of the mostfrequently published and translated works in the world. It was the mate of a manual fororganizational and inter-organizational management that we know today as The Art ofWar, but whose title was actually Ping-fa, or The Art of Diplomacy. Ping-fas messagesinclude instructions in communications, leadership, command and control, intelligenceand planning. These two works were the tools for peace- and nation-building.
  2. 2. This consequential review of Chinas foundation is an inter-disciplinary study by asocial anthropologist with extensive experience in public and private management,planning and policy. That combination of education, experience and skill allowed authorDavid G. Jones to unearth links that have not been defined until now. He began hisexamination by studying the Tao Te Ching and Ping-fa. He questioned when theseworks were written, by whom, and to what use were they applied. The commentary onthese works does not address these critical issues. But it is widely recognized by writersand readers alike that these works were, and are momentous. The nature of thatimportance has remained unclear. Despite the prevalent notion that the Tao Te Ching and Ping-fa were written byindividuals "some time in Chinese antiquity," they first appeared just shortly beforeChinas founding in 221 BCE. They are policy and practice: the products of enlightenedindividuals working in concert. Learned persons had been recruited from the knownworld to find the rationale and process by which war could end and peace prevail. The Tao Te Ching is a comprehensive and integrated framework of principlesand policies for good government, and a peoples relationship to each other and to thatgovernment. It is so elegant many assume it to be a religious treatise. Stripped of itsmilitary language, Ping-fas real messages emerge. The army at war metaphor was adevice intended to assist learning and memorization. The commentary assumes thismedium was actually the message. The small Middle Kingdom state of Qin was able – in a few short years – toestablish the Chinese empire without force, or conflict. Their tools were propaganda,persuasion and intrigue. The event, and the methods used constitute achievements ofglobal significance. They have not been articulated until now. The School of Sun Tzu details for the first time just how incredible was firstemperor Qin Shi Huang, and how significant were his achievements. That detailemerges when one strips away the shroud of disinformation that was built around theperson of Qin Shi Huang for reasons of politics alone. Today he is known only as atyrant who built the Great Wall. None of that is true. Millions visit his terracotta soldiersurrounded mausoleum each year and are reminded, again and again, that he was aruthless murderer who hated the common people. First emperor Qin Shi Huang needs to have his honor and reputation restored byChina. His discoveries need to be studied by those dedicated to advancing the causesof conflict-free management and international peace.