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The Art of War

by Sun Tzu

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A manual on the rational planning and conduct of military operations written over two millennia ago in China.
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1. Laying Plans
2. Waging War
3. Attack by Stratagem
4. Tactical Dispositions
5. Energy
6. Weak Points and Strong
7. Maneuvering
8. Variation of Tactics
9. The Army on the March
10. Terrain
11. The Nine Situations
12. The Attack by Fire
13. The Use of Spies ( )
  knoba | Oct 12, 2020 |
Really intresting. The qusetion is, can I appely this to everyday life?
Possabiltity if you can see everything in this book as learning stategy. ( )
  AnnaBookcritter | Sep 15, 2020 |
Really intresting. The qusetion is, can I appely this to everyday life?
Possabiltity if you can see everything in this book as learning stategy. ( )
  AnnaBookcritter | Sep 15, 2020 |
A wise warrior avoids the battle or something along these lines. The book is no literary wonder written simply as a series of bullet points. What makes it amazing is the fact that it was written before 2500 years & it is still relevant to our modern day. The set of rules outlined can be applied by any leader in any field.
PS: of course the financial details associated with the armies can be safely discarded. ( )
  sami7 | Aug 3, 2020 |
I have no idea how to rate this.

Do I rate The Art of War based on how useful its advice has been in my daily life? In his (rather dated) introduction, angry-Americophile James Clavell suggests that everyone who works with the military, government, or in the civil service should commit the book to memory. I work for a University. As Ian Malcolm put it in [b:Jurassic Park|12596223|Jurassic Park|Michael Crichton|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1315827012s/12596223.jpg|3376836]: I do maths. And so knowing where to position my army, who to promote to General, and how to win over the hearts of my defeated enemy is not really that useful. Of course, with a bit of imagination you can apply Sun Tzu's tips to everyday life. Sun Tzu says: “If you're outnumbered five-to-one then tuck that tail 'twixt your legs and run like your life depends on it. Because your life depends on it.” And isn't that just like when you're in a board meeting and Steve from accounting has started agreeing with the boss that Dave from HR's new plan is not feasible, and Linda from Finance is nodding too, and you said to Dave beforehand that you'd back him, but I mean come on, really? you're outnumbered here, so maybe it's time to suck it up, agree with the boss, and you can buy Dave a pint later to apologise.

Do I rate The Art of War based on its writing? I don't think I should. Maybe Sun Tzu was a master orator, and maybe old Chinese editions were written in such beautiful poetry that the reader would be reduced to tears before he reduced his enemies to tatters. But my edition uses Lionel Giles' 1910 translation. I'm sure it's perfectly accurate, but the slightly stuffy Edwardian comportment of the text is functional rather than moving.

Do I rate The Art of War based on its cultural and historical importance? As a rule I try to avoid this. I've only read a handful of books from before the clocks changed from BC to AD, and all of them have been good books above and beyond their respective importance to history.

Sun Tzu says: when in doubt, remember what the different ratings stand for. Three stars means “I liked it.” I liked The Art of War. So it's getting three stars. ( )
  imlee | Jul 7, 2020 |
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Sun Tzuova knjiga Umeće ratovanja, je jedno od najznačajnijih klasičnih kineskih dela.

Ova knjiga ne sadrži ni jednu zastarelu maksimu ili nejasno uputstvo. Najbolje je pobediti bez borbe, rekao je Sun Tzu. Za njega je rat bio sastavni deo života.

Pažljivo pročitajte ovu knjigu, i sve savremene knjige koje govore o upravljanju državom više vam se neće činiti dostojne pažnje.
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Ralph Sawyer has produced a lively translation, with a historical essay and explanatory notes, of Sun-tzu’s classic work.
Sun-tzu has nothing to teach us about the technological aspects of war or the logistics required to feed a modern army, and his work obviously cannot speak to certain complex political relations between modern nations. But Sun-tzu’s book has much value, for it says a lot about how a commander should approach his enemy, how he should decide to attack or to retreat, how to outsmart an enemy, and what it takes to be victorious. He presents his ideas in a logical, principled way that is consistent with his deeper philosophy of nature.

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Tzu, Sunprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ames, Roger T.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brick, ScottNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cawthorne, NigelIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cleary, Thomas F.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Denma Translation GroupTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Frasier, ShellyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Galvin, DallasEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Giles, LionelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gimian, JamesTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Griffith, Samuel B.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Heath, DaveNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Huang, J. H.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hulskramer, GeorgeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Karkkolainen, HeikkiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kramer, Gert-JanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lévi, JeanTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Liddell Hart, B.H.Forewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mair, Victor H.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mantegna, JoeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Miceli, JayaCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Minford, JohnTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nojonen, MattiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nylan, MichaelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pieterse, AndersTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Porter, RayNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Raver, LornaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sawyer, Ralph D.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Smit, KeesTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Smith, KidderTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Warrilow, DavidNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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War is a howling, baying jackal.
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The art of war is of vital importance to the State.
Translator's Introduction: According to an old story, a lord of ancient China once asked his physician, a member of a family of healers, which of them was the most skilled in the art.
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Sun Tzu believed that even before considering a confrontation—for whatever purpose—it is essential to Calculate a complete analysis of the situation.
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Introduction:  It is an unusual book that was written 2500 years ago in an impenetrable classical language and yet figures on the recommended reading list of the United States Marine Corps.
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A battle that cannot be won is not worth fighting.
All warfare is based on deception.
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A manual on the rational planning and conduct of military operations written over two millennia ago in China.

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The original and bestselling leadership book! Sun Tzu's ideas on survival and success have been read across the world for centuries. Today they can still be applied to business, politics and life. The Art of War demonstrates how to win without conflict. It shows that with enough intelligence and planning, it is possible to conquer with a minimum of force and little destruction. This luxury hardback edition includes an introduction by Tom Butler-Bowdon that draws out lessons for managers and business leaders, and highlights the power of Sun Tzu's thinking in everyday life.
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