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Paperback The Art of War Book

ISBN: 1599869772

ISBN13: 9781599869773

The Art of War

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Twenty-Five Hundred years ago, Sun Tzu wrote this classic book of military strategy based on Chinese warfare and military thought. Since that time, all levels of military have used the teaching on Sun Tzu to warfare and cilivzation have adapted these teachings for use in politics, business and everyday life. The Art of War is a book which should be used to gain advantage of opponents in the boardroom and battlefield alike.

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7 ratings

Quick read

Great book, first book I read after deciding to get into history and politics. Interesting and helped me look at how I handle things too.

A must have for my book collection

Beautiful condition.

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.

Everyone should know about Sun Tzu...

I take a star off because, frankly, alot of the geography/history is a bit too arcane for the Western reader. But it's a great book nonetheless.

The most awesome book on tactics and strategy in one book!!!

My jaw dropped when i first read this book, i never new something this detailed on war existed! A must read for war gamers, these strategies can be used for a variety of games out there. Nicely done format, awesome commentries....words cannot explain....
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