Sun Tzu is traditionally attributed as the author of this classic Chinese text, which is the earliest known treatise on war. Thought to have derived from experiences during China's age of the Warring States (425-221 BC), this great and enduring work contains many fascinating philosophical insights into the realm of human conflict. Samuel B. Griffith served during World War II with the US Marines in the Pacific. He obtained his Ph.D. in Chinese military history at New College, Oxford University. He is the translator of Mao Tse-Tung's On Guerrilla Warfare.