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All warfare is based on deception. Therefore, when capable of attacking, feign incapacity; when active in moving troops, feign inactivity. When near the enemy, make it seem that you are far away; when far away, make it seem that you are near. - Sun Tzu Sun Tzu was the Nostradamus of warfare and his book Art of War, written 2,400 years ago, is still the ultimate how-to guide for winning at war. This two-hour special from HISTORYTM weaves together the epic story of Sun Tzu himself, and relives a war in which his tactics posthumously saved a city from defeat a victory at war that paved the way toward the unification of China. Art of War is an emotional, epic and ultimately visual understanding of Sun Tzu s lessons, telling the story of other great battles in history, from Rome to the Civil War, WWII, and present day, that help to illustrate that on the battlefields of war, people who understand strategy are the most dangerous weapons of all.

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Fascinating to see that his teachings have remained true for 2,500 years! Sept. 10 2009
By M. Ferguson - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this History channel look at 'The Art of War' simply fascinating! I can't say anything to the quality of the dvd. I'm just purchasing it now. I kind of stumbled into this when it aired a week or two ago. I couldn't stop watching. It was amazing to see how the Civil War, Vietnam, and World War II were fought and ultimately won/lost based on the teachings of Sun Tzu. I only wished they would have included Iraq as well. Also intriguing was the mystery sourounding Sun Tzu himself. I definately recommend this for anyone even remotely interested in stuff like this. It's interesting from an entertainment point of view, and you might even learn something!
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Stellar depiction of Sun Tzu's THE ART OF WAR July 11 2009
By RJRo20 - Published on Amazon.com
The History Channel has done it once again! It has produced another stellar documentary. This is top-notch entertainment. "Art of War" examines three major American war conflicts: Vietnam, WWII, and the Civil War. How they are won or lost? That's the question these scholars and the principles of THE ART OF WAR will answer. It's all very fascinating! The battle scenes are exciting; the visuals stunning. The narrative is gripping. Awesome music! Despite historical debates regarding Sun Tzu and THE ART OF WAR, there's no denying their significance and influence for wartime success--even in every day life. For readings of THE ART OF WAR try the following translations:

The Art of War by Sun Tzu and Thomas Cleary
The Art of War by Sun Tzu - Special Edition by Sun Tzu and Lionel Giles
The Art of War: Sun Zi's Military Methods (Translations from the Asian Classics) by Sun Zi and Victor H. Mair
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Excitingly and skillfully illustrates how some battles or wars were won based on Sun Tzu's principles Nov. 11 2009
By Cestmoi - Published on Amazon.com
- Computer Graphic and Human Actors make this DVD interesting.

- It excitingly and skillfully illustrates how some battles or wars were won based on Sun Tzu's principles. These battles took places during the American civil war, World War II and Vietnam war.

- The over-doing of the conversation makes me wonder how accurate this document is compared to history books. For example, the back cover of this DVD reads "Sun Tzu was the Nostradamus of warfare..." In the film, the narrator says "Sun Tzu predicted the outcome of the Vietnam War and the Allies' landing in Normandy..." No, Sun Tzu could not do that. He died thousand of years before these historical events.

- In short, the DVD is informative and entertaining. It's the only one of this kind. I own it.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Must Buy... March 22 2010
By TJ SCHOENLEIN - Published on Amazon.com
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I will make this review short.. to avoid redundancy you can view the product information and other reviews.
As a student of military history and a former grunt, I can say this video puts it all together, excellent visuals, clear story telling and narration.
Sun Tzu's manual comes to life here.
Of course there is violence, death, this is The Art Of War, however, nothing most of you haven't seen on the nightly news.
I do take issue with those who say the USA lost the war( the narrator states this) in Vietnam.. NOT so. We were never defeated on the battlefield. We were defeated politically at home.. we lost the will to stay the course. This Video relates to the battlefield. This video does an excellent job in it's full presentation.. A Must Buy
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Very good in so many ways... Feb. 28 2010
By Michael Valdivielso - Published on Amazon.com
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The DVD explains Sun Tzu's Art of War and uses it to examine D-Day, Gettysburg and the Tet Offensive. In fact the DVD touches on each of the wars, seeming to focus a large amount of time on the Vietnam conflict. They use Sun Tzu's ideas on how war should be run as a template to compare the different sides, the factors, and the commanders. It was interesting and frankly, I found the discussion about the Tet Offensive the most interesting. Let's face facts, World War II and the American Civil War has been analyzed, examined, explored and explained to death. But while I have books on Vietnam I rarely find ones that truly helps me understand WHY we lost. This DVD really DID explain to me how both sides fought the war and, according to the rules made by Sun Tzu, why the US lost and the Northern Vietnamese won.
Now, the special effects were sometimes OK, but I have to say they were not great. In the Battle of Gettysburg they show some soldiers aiming their muskets into the sky! And it could get pretty bloody, violent, and racy. They showed a bloody hospital scene in the part about the Civil War and a realistic knife fight between an American GI and a German soldier. There was also a scene, shown twice I believe, of hookers acting as spies for North Vietnam. Very shapely, sexy girls in tiny dresses. My older nephew had to leave the room when they were about to saw off a Civil War soldier's leg. He didn't ask about the hookers but if you have younger kids I suggest not letting them watch it till you have. It is in Color, 94 minutes long, and while very good does not cover the Art of War completely. So I would suggest getting a book copy - but be warned some are better than others. I would shop around!