Michael Nylan | Sun Tzu's "The Art of War"

Join us to hear Professor Nylan discuss her translation of The Art of War, published by W.W. Norton in January.


Professor of History at UC Berkeley, Michael Nylan specializes in Chinese history from the Warring States of the fifth century BCE though the early eastern Han dynasty of the 5th century CE. Her previous publcations include Five "Confucian" Classics; an award winning translation of works by Yang Xiong, Exemplary Figures; and just last year, The Chinese Pleasure Book.

Event date: 
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
2430 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94704

Those Halcyon Days

Even though the store takes a hiatus, it’s easy to imagine that long conversation amongst the great minds continuing around the Great Table, in our fancy, if not in Eternity, though we can agree to disagree about that.

How many can you identify?

Some are pretty obvious, others a little obscure. If educated outside the U.S. you might have an advantage in naming two or three. One makes for a fancy pose, but he’s actually a blockhead.

All have made significant contributions, even when shown demonstrably wrong. Nonetheless, we continue to argue with them because even when we argue with them, more often than not, we find them productively wrong.

We look forward to the time when you too can rejoin the conversation.

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