The Analects is to Ancient China what Meditations is to Ancient Rome. There are many versions of this deeply important work, but this translation by Annping Chin is the best of them all. Why? Because it is complete, one cannot understand the passages without commentary providing the context, and Annping Chin is one of the leading experts on the life of Confucius in the West, her translation and annotations bring the sentiments of the great philosopher-practitioner and his students to life. Secondly, this work features both the English translation and the original Chinese text for cross-reference. Confucianism is a philosophy that has many interpretations, it has survived for thousands of years and has a long way to go, this is the first choice text for understanding and important aspect of Chinese culture and receiving guidance for your own life.