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The Art of War [Paperback]

Sun Tzu
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Nov. 13 2002 0486425576 978-0486425573
Widely regarded as "The Oldest Military Treatise in the World," this landmark work covers principles of strategy, tactics, maneuvering, communication, and supplies; the use of terrain, fire, and the seasons of the year; the classification and utilization of spies; the treatment of soldiers, including captives, all have a modern ring to them.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Best July 16 2004
Format:Paperback
This book is absolutely brilliant, and reading it is a tremendous experience. Sun Tzu is the master, and the Art of War, though aimed specifically on military warfare, is a masterpiece on general strategy and tactics that can be used in many sitautions. In fact, I will bet you that many of the most succesful sports coaches, boxers, businessmen, ploiticians, etc use tactics similar to those found in this book.
The Art of War is not a long book, but despite its size, it is totally packed with content. Some themes of the book include
- always ensuring you are prepared
- adapting and responding to circumstances
- knowing yourself, the enemy, and the environment
- being unpredictable, secretive, and deceptive
- making calculations
- exploiting opportunities
- avoiding your enemy's strengths, and attacking his weak spots
- causing disorder among your enemy
- using baits to manipulate others
- ensuring good teamwork through picking the right people to do the right job, good communication, and synergy
- knowing when to fight and when not to fight
The book is an absolute gem. It is invaluable and a must read. Sun Tzu has a beatiful style, and I really love the Lionel Giles translation, which although old, is still hihgly readable and among the best there is. I also recommend Rodney Ohebsion's tranlsation and selection and arrangement of passages, which is an adaptation of the Giles translation, and is in the book A Collection of Wisdom.
In summary, I would just like to say that The Art of War is definitely one of the greatest texts ever written, and is a must for the student of life.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 2500 Years. Still Necessary. Nov. 17 2003
Format:Paperback
The Art of War was originally intended for reading by ancient China's ruling military elite, and not lowly commoners such as us. It is one of the few great books people seem to be universally familiar with, and for good reason.
The struture is blindingly simple - Sun Tzu writes short chapters about different areas of battle which consist of simple dictums. Utterly straightforward, and generalisable to any form of conflict.
Surface-reading this book will take you minutes, not hours - however, time must be spent with even the barest of his principles. The purchase of this book has become alarmingly trendy over recent years, but with no noticeable effect on the global intelligence of its middle manager market. Books like this do not read themselves.
A more accurate edition would have gained 5 stars without a second thought. The fact that much better versions are available (and freesource!) holds this version back.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astoundingly insightful, even after 2000+ years Jan. 31 2004
By adam872
Format:Paperback
Written long before MBA programmes and graduate schools of management were formed, this book is often considered THE authority on managing people and competitive situations. Sun Tzu was a remarkably insightful man, who seems to have captured the psychology of combat and running a team. So many of the principles he espouses are applicable in civilian life that it is worth reading by anybody managing people. There are sections in the book that deal very specifically with fighting (especially the discussions on terrain), but many of the other chapters could replace the word 'army' with 'team' and the meaning would be the same. Whilst many of the lessons appear simplistic and obvious, experience tells us that sometimes common sense is not so common. Sometimes concepts need to be presented in a simplified fashion for their full power to be revealed. I think that any person either training to be a leader or is already one (military or civilian) should read this book and ponder it's meaning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 13 June 12 2014
By Max
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13 rules who can be use in any battlefield no matter for what you fighting for. This book is that and believe it it's one the more useful reading I did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Art of War April 10 2014
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Very good book. I watched a You Tube Video a while back and this book followed along with the video. Very Informative.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Art of War in Modern Times June 17 2004
Format:Paperback
Though this book is rather old, it tells of strategies for team leadership that can be employed in todays society. It is a book detailing great planning and strategy of wartime. It discusses the role of leaders and how they should handle their troops. This information is useful when applied to managing one's own team. When managing a group of workers in a workplace, one must view them as an "army" so to speak who will work together for the greater good of accomplishing a goal. Sunzi's work gives very explicit directions on how to do this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Art of War May 22 2013
By Sean
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The Art of War by Sun Tzu is widely regarded as "The Oldest Military Treatise in the World," this landmark work covers principles of strategy, tactics, maneuvering, communication, and supplies; the use of terrain, fire, and the seasons of the year; the classification and utilization of spies; the treatment of soldiers, including captives, all have a modern ring to them.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Expected April 11 2014
By Mack
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I've been looking for books on war to oddly enough, calm my nerves. I was looking to understand the inner workings of generals, commanders, kings, and the men under their command. I don't think this is the full version, but a filtered down for quick reading type construction that is a very hard read for it's smaller size. Not enough time is spent on the main focus of a book on war and it jumps around... a lot.

Unless you want to be feel like a Nuklear Physicist at a Justin Beiber concert, I suggest you shoot for a thicker and more expensive account of thousands of years of warfare. This don't cut it.

My apologies to the author/publishers, but at just 100 pages, the customer should be warned.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read this before they die
This has to be one of the best books I have read in a long, long time. This is first off Sun Tzu is a complete genius when it comes to military warfare and had everything figured... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jarracco
5.0 out of 5 stars art of war
The book came quickly and was in great condition. I have not had a chance to read it yet so I am not informed of the content.
Published 20 months ago by faithe
5.0 out of 5 stars Re-Read this book as much as you can
Whoever says this book cannot be applied for today, is a complete idiot.

Human Nature never changes, therefore War strategies never change. Read more
Published 20 months ago by MilitaryEngineer1981
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Old but still relevant. If you want spmething entertaining then it's the right book for you. Nothing very surprising in the content though.
Published on March 21 2012 by Andri
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Fast shipping. Good seller.I got the product right away. Fast delivery.I wanted to read this book for a long time.
Published on Oct. 5 2011 by Ion Mihnea Crasnic
3.0 out of 5 stars Written Like an Instructional Book
Even though this book was written over 2000 years ago, many of these tactics (many of whom I find are common sense) still apply today. Read more
Published on Aug. 22 2007 by K. Heiss
5.0 out of 5 stars I will mention the president
This book has nothing to do with George Bush or terrorism, but I feel the need to bring up both issues. George W. Read more
Published on July 16 2004 by Steve Thulen
5.0 out of 5 stars GEORGE BUSH MUST HAVE READ THIS
"The Art of War" is a book that any Wall Street dealmaker needs to read. It also is obvious that the true lessons of this book demonstrate precisely why George Bush was... Read more
Published on July 9 2004 by Steven Travers
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