The Essential 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
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
"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
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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
The book indeed has much to imbibe.
Timeless strategies for winning in wars!
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Oriental philosophy is often ripe with a kind of double-speak and this book is no excepti...more
The book contains philosphical techniques and military tactics that we can use in our everyday lives or when we're facing something challenging at school or work. It gets right to the point without boring the reader with long introductions.
I disagreed with some points but agreed with more. I myself couldn't stop underlining every sentence. It should definetly be on ev...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
I think the authors purpose in writing this novel was to educate people about the strategies of war. I say this because throughout the book it constantly gives accounts of how the strategies and different ideas were demonstrated in many battle situations.
"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
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
One of the greatest lessons emphasized in this book is to avoid war at all cost, but to treat it as a necessary evil when no other option is available. Sun Tzu also advices to avoid unnecessary bloodshed, preserve captured cities; as they are worth more in working order then burnt ash. He also emphasizes that you use everything to your advantage, from terrain, battle formations, to yo...more
“The art of war is of vital importance to the State. It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected.”
Born in the fifth century B.C., Sun Wu (Sun Tzu was an honorary title) wrote the quintessential rulebook for warfare, known today as Art of War. While the often quoted lines of Sun Tzu are as lyrical as poetry, it was written 2,500 years ago with the singular purpose of...more
Like with The Prince, most of the ideas explained here—when applied to politics and corporative life, if not to actual...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
This is definitely a book that should be required as a read for anyone!
Very well written, especially considering the fact that our was written more than 2,000 years ago.
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
In the author's name, Sūn Wu, the character wu, meaning "military", is the same as the character in wu shu...more