The Art of War
Niccolò Machiavelli, in The Prince says if you are in a position of power and seek to maintain it, it is better to be loved and respected, but if you can't achieve that, then at least enforce respect and these are the, often brutal, strategies that will get...more
Sun Tsu organized his military strategy around the principles of flexibility, deception, knowledge of the enemy, and avoidance of frontal assaults. Here are some of Sun Tzu’s most interesting thoughts about fightin...more
"When the enemy is relaxed, make them toil. When full, starve them. When settled, make them move."
"In conflict, straightforward actions generally lead to engagement, surprising actions generally lead to victory."
"Thus those skilled in war subdue the enemy's army without battle .... They conquer by strategy."
"Know the enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles you will never be in peril. When you are igno...more
Bottom line, I'm a lover not a fighter. I started this because I know that many people love this work and say they get a lot out of it. But it became clear to me after quite a few pages that The Art of War really is about fighting a war no matter what other people might interpret it to be. So I'm not interested.
Besides the two things I need to know about fighting I learne...more
Quick Demo: On Ruining a Classic Text
Kaufman (author more than translator, I feel) boasts: In this work you will learn how people are to be treated and dealt with. The work was written for men in command and leaders of states. It is for the ambitious and strong spirited; do not seek morality lessons here.
Sun Tzu has been translated and interpreted countless times by people with little knowledge of true combat reality on either the physical or mental level.
Most of the available translations and i...more
Oriental philosophy is often ripe with a kind of double-speak and this book is no excepti...more
The CCLaP 100: In which I read for the first time a hundred so-called "classics," then write essays on whether or not they deserve the label. The Art of War is essay #27 of this series.
The story in a nutshell:
More of a technical manual than a piece of general literature, The Art of War is a field gui...more
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I always find it amusing and slightly irritating in TV shows and movies when they laud The Art of War as THE BOOK to one-up your opponents in business and all that...more
Now I'm 28, and the more things change, the more they stay the same. This time, I am living in sin with the guy I do so very much desire, and I know he doesn't give a rat's ass whether I read the book or not.
The first section is the Lionel Giles' translation of Sun Tzu's masterpiece; the second section is also Lionel Giles' translation of Sun Tzu's masterpiece, with his own interpretations interspersed throughout the reading. Essentially one...more
كتبت تعليقا كلما سمحت الفرصة بالتوازي مع المراجعة.
الكتاب عبارة عن مجموعة من الحكم و النصائح المباشرة، يسقطها البعض بالأساس على العلوم الاستراتيجية الحربية كأحد الكتب الكلاسيكية في فن الحرب. ولكن أيضا يعتبر مرجعا رئيسا لكتب الإدارة و القيادة بشكل عام. البعض يسقط النصائح نفسها على “التجارة”.
لماذا الكتاب مهم؟
كما أسلفنا، قيل أن أمريكا اعتمدت خططا منه في حرب عاصفة الصحراء، و اعتمده الفيتناميين في حربهم ضد امريكا، و اعتمده الإسرائيليين في حروب كثيرة مع العرب، و...more
I read this in one sitting, since it's relatively short, with and/or without the commentary. I read without commentary first, then followed up with commentary. These guys seriously p...more
"The Art of War" is an ancient Chinese military doctrine widely believed to have been written by one of history's greatest military figures, Sun Tzu, who was a high-ranking general, strategist, and tactician in the 5th century BCE. Though a relatively short book, "The Art of War" consists of 13 chapters each covering one aspect of warfare, from the management of a state during periods of conflict, to understanding your enemy on the battlefield by respecting their advantages and exploiting their...more
The chapter titles are: 1) Laying Plans (Detail Assessment & Planning, Calculations); 2) Waging War (The Challenge); 3)Attack by Stratagem (Strategic Attack, The Plan of Attack); 4) Tactical Dispositions (Disposition of the Army, Positionin...more
This particular version had a long-winded history lesson as it's introduction, which was much longer than Sun Tzu's book itself. It was somewhat interesting, but not all that necessary. The actual book can be somewhat vague (we don't need to fight the way ancient Chinese warriors did), but it is easily open to the reader's own interpretation to apply to situations in their own lives. I highly recommend readi...more
دفعني العنوان لأعرف عما يتحدث، قرأت الغلاف وإذا بعبارة " ما سر أهمية كتاب فن الحرب؟ "
(( حين تقرأ ن قيادة القوات الأمريكية حرصت أثناء ذهابها إلى دول الخليج الأول على أن يحمل كل جندي أمريكي نسخة من كتاب فن الحرب))
إضافة إلى أن الشركات اليابانية تستخدمه في مجالات التجارة.
كما أننا في زمن ثورات وحروب، دفعني هذا كله لقراءته..
من مآخذ هذا الكتاب:
> أنه من ألفي عام فبعض أفكاره لا تتوافق مع حداثة عصرنا وتطور الأسلحة وخباثة عدونا.
> نحن ك...more
I decided to read The Art of War because of references to it in the best/only good general marketing book I read during my commerce education: Marketing Strategy and Competitive Positioning. I was curious to see why a modern marketing handbook would have references to a classic handbook in ancient warfare, and why The Art of War is such a famous book.
I can see now why the book is famous: it is because its warfare principles are generally applicable to competitive situations - including marketing...more
The book indeed has much to imbibe.
Timeless strategies for winning in wars!
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In the author's name, Sūn Wu, the character wu, meaning "military", is the same as the character in wu shu...more