36 Dirty Tricks From Ancient China

Dewdrop Publications
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三十六计, often translated as "36 Strategems" have always been marketed as a guide for businessmen to give them an edge over their competitors. But make no mistake, these are just 36 dirty tricks used in China over thousands of years in war and swindle. Most of these tricks cannot be ethically applied. Some can be downright criminal. In this book, Singaporean author Chan Joon Yee nakedly illustrates the 36 dirty tricks in their original context with examples from both ancient and modern times. He makes no attempt to market it as a business guide and sincerely hopes that his readers will read it purely for entertainment.
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About the author

Chan Joon Yee is a writer, adventurer and healthcare worker born in Singapore in 1964. He has travelled widely and is well-acquainted with several Asian cultures, societies and literature.

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Dewdrop Publications
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Published on
Feb 17, 2020
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Pages
191
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English
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Genres
Foreign Language Study / Chinese
History / Asia / China
Literary Criticism / Asian / Chinese
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