The Art of War
The Art of War

 
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Conflict is an inevitable part of life, according to this ancient Chinese classic of strategy, but everything necessary to deal with conflict wisely, honorably, victoriously, is already present within us. Compiled more than two thousand years ago by a mysterious warrior-philosopher, The Art of War is still perhaps the most prestigious and influential book of strategy in the world, as eagerly studied in Asia by modern politicians and executives as it has been by military leaders since ancient times. As a study of the anatomy of organizations in conflict, The Art of War applies to competition and conflict in general, on every level from the interpersonal to the international. Its aim is invincibility, victory without battle, and unassailable strength through understanding the physics, politics, and psychology of conflict.

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  • Can apply to all aspects of life
    As a business major, The Art of War is an excellent tool when it comes to strategizing. However, this book goes beyond the professional. On a personal level, Sun Tzu's writings can apply to all aspects of life and it certainly has helped me. I can only imagine how effective this book is for the military......more info
  • "The Art of War"
    Great book! There are many versions of "The Art of War" but I liked this one. It includes Sun Tzu's words along with reviews/commentary from other prominent Chinese from the last 2000 years. It has a lengthy introduction but it is worthwile to read it all. This book is about strategy and information. It is easy to apply in many contemporary settings other than the military. It is a quick read and very worthwhile. This is one of those books you will want to keep and read again at a later date. ...more info
  • "Simple" Is Not Necessarily Code For "Profound"
    Going in, my expectations were high -- The Art of War is praised as an all-time classic; equally applicable today as when it was first written; a philosophical insight into all manners of conflict, including business and (some have claimed) even romance!

    I did not find all of these things, here. Instead, I found a brief and simple outline of various battle tactics and tautologies, usually on the level of the field general. This is not to say that this is worthless, or that there is no way of taking the information and applying it -- via analogy -- to problems today. But I did not find it compellingly analogous to today's world, or no more so than any number of older works.

    The Art of War is a short, fast read. It is worth reading for its historical significance, and for a few insights that are not strictly obvious, and some of it may be applicable (with some mental stretching) to your quest to be promoted to the next level of management, or romantic victory over a rival, or whatever it is in your life that approximates "war." If other people find profound, life-altering depth in its lists of the types of terrain, or observations that it's better to attack your foe when they're tired, rather than well-rested, etc., then more power to them. I feel it's possible, however, that some of this depth lies more in the creative extrapolations of the reader than in the work itself....more info
  • Great Book!!!
    The Art of War has been the best book I have ever had the privilige of reading....more info
  • Classic on the priciples of war
    This ancient classic of 13 chapters was written over 2,500 years ago by the legendary Chinese general Sun Tzu. It is a must have for military buffs that enjoy reading about the tactics of the most succesful generals. It is rumored that Napoleon used a French translation of the Art of War to his advantage while conquering most of Europe, and he lost when he broke its principles.
    The principles that are with in this ancient text can also be used in games of strategy, business conflicts, and the day to day battles of life.
    Here are ten principles to give you a sample of the wisdom found in its pages:

    Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance with out fighting.

    If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.

    Spies are the most important element in war, because upon them depends an army's ability to move.

    All warfare is based on deception.

    The general who wins a battle makes many calculations before the battle is fought.

    There is no instance of a country having benefited from a prolonged war.

    The clever combatant looks to the effect of combined energy, and does not require too much from individuals.

    In war, the way is to avoid what is strong and to strike at what is weak.

    When you surround an army, leave an outlet free. (So they can retreat).

    Move not unless you see an advantage; use not your troops unless there is something to be gained, fight not unless the position is critical.

    Taken as a whole this is a book of wisdom and principles on how to win. I rank it in my top ten books I have ever read. It is a must have for any home library. The is a very small book that is quick and easy to read.
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  • Great Condition and Fast
    Arrived quickly and in perfect condition. Great price....more info
  • An Excellent Translation of a Classic
    The Art of War seems to be a classic piece of Chinese philosophy that is easy to translate into a mediocre work. I've read a number of translations of Sun Tzu that are clunky and have none of the wit of the original text. Now, I don't read ancient Chinese, but when a Chinese philisophical text reads like a manual for a microwave, you know something is lost in translation.

    On the other hand, this translation, done by Thomas Cleary, showed me the subtlety in the Art of War. In addition to the work itself (which would make a very thin book) there is a long, interesting introduction written by the translator which I found very helpful in thinking about the Art of War, as well as helping to put the work in both a historical context, and the context amongst many of the other ancient Chinese philisophical works. How Sun Tzu's work relates to Taoism is very interesting. Also, there are selected commentation on each of the paragraphs of the Art of War. These commentaries were written over different periods of time by different Chinese philosophers. These help to show how many different points of view can exist over a single statement made by Sun Tzu.

    I find this translation very well done, and I can easily recommend it to anyone who wants to read The Art of War....more info
  • Comprehensive Translation of One of the Most Popular Chinese Classics
    The Art of War is a must-read book by anyone who love The Romance of Three Kingdoms, popular chivalry story based on the history of 3rd century China.

    I think it is a wise idea to read this Chinese classic from Thomas Cleary Translation. Had I encountered this from Archaic worded Japanese version I might not get so immersed into it. Cleary translation is really understandable even to non-native English speaker like me. Also it is great idea that the interpretation of notables including Cao Cao comes after the Master Sun's text. Comparing interpretation is really a fun.

    What I am impressed most about this book is it says that if you can avoid the war better not to fight. And its idea of how to manage an army is really close to modern idea of organizing groups particularly business corporations.

    Verdict: Nice gateway to Chinese classics
    Rating: 90 out of 100
    Recommended for wide variety of Chinese literature and classic books fans. ...more info
  • The Ultimate Version of the Art of War
    The Art of War is a timeless masterpiece of interaction of power and politics. It is about war and not war. This version is the one you want if you are interested in the simple, yet profound wisdom of Sun Tzu. I have tried several other versions edited and commented on, thoughts and ideas spun left and spun right by other authors. There is no spin here simple staright forward thought and principles. ...more info
  • Bare but Flawless
    Watch Video Here: http://www.amazon.com/review/R20YM6VZTDJYEB This is a magnificent book that tells as much about psychology as it does military strategy. ...more info
  • Like new
    The book was shipped on time as promised. The book was sold as new but there were a few pen marks i noticed in the book. Despite that the book was in perfect condition. ...more info
  • The Art of Life
    Do not let the title fool you. This is not so much about war as it is about relationships and leadership. I am a 50 year old house wife and mother. I am also a writer and constantly searching for insights and inspirations. I inherited this copy of the book from my son when he left for college. Read a page or two a day; sometimes a paragraph will do! The words are thousands of years old but the wisdom is timeless....more info
  • The Art of Strategy for Everything in Life: Business, Sports, School, Relationships, etc.
    "So it is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will fight without danger in battles. If you only know yourself, but not your opponent, you may win or may lose. If you know neither yourself nor your enemy, you will always endanger yourself."

    The Art of War is the most prestigious and influential book on strategy that has ever been written. Sun Tzu showed how organizations can thrive in times of conflict and chaos by mastering five things: the way, the weather, the terrain, the leadership, and the discipline.

    Strategy is simply the art of making the right trade-offs. Everything we do in life has a cost-benefit. We must examine our choices and make the best one at each moment.

    Success is being the right person using the right tools in the right ways for the right cases at the right times for the right reasons.

    When I was 12, I wanted to enter West Point to become a general to lead and fight the greatest wars of my time. Yet, I began to realize that the biggest battles of this era were not between nations and man, but between health and disease.

    The world was crumbling with pollution, disease, hunger, fear, greed, violence, ignorance, and apathy. And these enemies would not be won by wars between men, but by revolutions within minds.

    These revolutions will not occur with the government, the education, or any social institutions. It will happen with businesses.

    This is the book that first connected me to my father. He told me that, "business is like modern day warfare."

    That always stuck with me.
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  • Utopian
    My recent purchase of the "Art of War" was Utopian Success. The product was perfect. I am going to order 3 more.

    Thank you very much Amazon!

    Paul Kuzinski - A very satisfied customer....more info

 

 
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