David G. Jones
David G. Jones B.A., M.A. is a retired government executive and university teacher and administrator. Among other achievements, he is a Fellow of the University of King's College and was awarded the Queen's Jubilee Medal. He also holds an officer's commission in the Canadian Army.
David brings to the task of sorting out just how China came into being by applying a range of multi-disciplinary talents. He is a dogged researcher who accepts nothing without solid corroboration. He has a long history of research, analysis and writing and especially enjoys examining the veracity of stories that have been taken on faith for centuries - or as in this case - millennia.
In the case of China's founding, David sees the "official histories" often contaminated by myth and sometimes - outright fabrication. His first discovery concerned the hallowed "Art of War" by Sun Tzu. He says it's really not at all about managing war, but rather about avoiding war. David insists that book was written by a team of scholars just before the founding of China, and was the methodology that helped found the empire. This of course flies in the face of the commentary that puts the work three to four hundred years before that, and written by an army general.
David's additional findings are concerned with the character and achievements of the first emperor Qin Shi Huang, and why his empire collapsed. He is quite certain that the facts and fiction he has uncovered are not taught in China's schools. As a result, Qin Shi Huang is remembered as a paranoid tyrant who destroyed rival states to found his empire, buried scholars, burned books and put hundreds of thousands of peasants to work building the Great Wall. None of that is true. But he remains hopeful. Davis hopes he lives long enough to see Qin Shi Huang's mausoleum opened, as he's confident his theories will then be vindicated.
David G. Jones’ book is The School of Sun Tzu: Winning Empires without War. It is available from iUniverse.