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Previous translations of The Art of War have presented Sun Tzu's classic from the point of view of military strategy, Chinese history, or Taoist philosophy. This translation—accompanied by the translators' in-depth essays and illuminating line-by-line commentary—offers a fresh perspective on this ancient Chinese text. Here, Sun Tzu's strategic principles of warfare (based ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 19th 2002 by Shambhala (first published -450)
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Aug 04, 2015 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hey! Look at me stepping outside my comfort zone!


I saw this audiobook in the library, and I thought it looked interesting.
Hell, I've got 4 kids. This could come in handy.
Next year I'll have not one, but two teenage boys. I need to prepare myself to defend my babies home from the invading whores hoards. I figured this book would help me gird my loins (or whatever it is you do) when you head into battle.
Back off, Skanks! You're not getting past the front door!


Still, even teenage boys pale in compa
Petra X
Simply put, Sun Tzu says that it is better not to fight than to be involved in a conflict, but if you are going to have to fight, then you have to do it to win, and these are the various strategies, often brutal, that will get you that result.

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
The wise warrior avoids the battle.

I can't think in a better quote to begin this review.

Sometimes, reading books about war tactics or novels of the genre of war, is confused with glorify wars, destruction, death and all sad things that are results of a war. But, at least, in my case (I can't speak for others) it's not that. I don't glorify war. One of my favorite historical subjects is World War II, but it's not because an insane instinct of glorify war. I just support the concept that any per
May 05, 2007 Sporkurai rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: morons or tacticians
Evidently, it seems, for the last couple thousand years, EVERYONE has been using the same textbook on how to conduct a war. It also seems to be that nobody even knows for sure who wrote the book or when, but everyone uses it anyway. Included in this book are precious reminders that strategy helps you win, retreating helps you not die, if you outnumber the enemy 5 to 1, attacking would probably be a good idea, and also if you're a tiny country surrounded by powerful countries, it might be time to ...more
Tom Marotta
Jul 17, 2007 Tom Marotta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: all
So many little wars must be waged daily. Works on the battlefield and the office.


"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
My wife says watching me read The Art of War is like watching Danny DeVito read The Joy of Sex. I'm not sure how to take that.

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
Sep 16, 2008 Colleen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in Imperial Chinese military strategies.
While Sun Tzu is constantly praised for his work on The Art of War, I find it hard to believe that it has inspired anyone. This famous military strategy book has provided people such as Napoleon and the cast of 'Survivor: China' advice on handling the opposing force. However, despite the simple (yet adequate) translation that Lionel Giles provided, The Art of War does nothing more than to reiterate common sense. Sun Tzu asks the audience to not show off their strong points, but to lead the enemy ...more
Araz Goran
Oct 19, 2015 Araz Goran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

" الكـتاب المـقـدس للـدراسـات العـسكـرية "

خمسة وعشرون قرناً من الزمان ولا يزال كتاب " فن الحرب " من أهم وافضل الكتب الحربية والعسكرية ومازال من ضمن قائمة أهم مائة كتاب في التاريخ..

سن أتزو جعل من الحرب فناً ،خدعة ودهاء.. تعليمات عسكرية صارمة وتكتيكات عبقرية وخطط ماكرة واقعية فذة، تفكير في أدق تفاصيل شؤون الحرب وإغتنام كافة السبل و الفرص المؤدية إلى النصر المؤزر في أي معركة بكيفية واقعية لا تخرج عن نطاق الممكن..

قد لا يهمه عدد الجنود في داخل المعركة ولا قوة العدو ولا نوع الأسلحة ولا التضاريس الت
Heidi The Hippie Librarian
Frankly, I got tired of my husband quoting this and having no idea what he was talking about. So, Heidi-the-Hippie/Librarian picked up The Art of War. I must love him a great deal because this was so not my thing though I valiantly struggled my way through it. I'd say about three quarters of the book was commentary and translation quibbles on the text itself, which is really rather brief and kind of pretty in a "this is how you kill a bunch of people" sort of way.

My big take-aways from this were
Bookworm Sean
We all know one person who has an answer for everything. This person is usually annoying and won’t accept that sometimes they’re just wrong; they won’t accept that at some point their logic may fail them and run dry; they’re completely resolute in what they believe and they just won’t budge from it: they simply can’t be proven wrong or at fault. This is how I feel about Sun Tzu. It’s like he interpreted questions and doubts before they were born, and countered them with his own logic based respo ...more
Riku Sayuj

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
J.L.   Sutton
Understanding the ground you're standing on (strategically) is a paramount concern of Sun Tzu's treatise on The Art of War. This ground (and the moves and countermoves you can make from it) can be interpreted not just as advice on combat, but also on business and relationships. This is book I've known about for a long time. So I'm glad I got to read it, but I'm not sure it inspired me to action or to think differently about the world. Maybe that will come later.
Sep 16, 2007 Lily rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If you've ever picked up a self-help book where the author is repeatedly stating the obvious, then you've experienced the writing style of this book. The overall concepts could've been summarized in a short essay rather than a book. Its length is a testament to its antiquity, though the author has done a noble job of re-ordering and editing bits of the chapters to provide continuity and to delete repetition.

Oriental philosophy is often ripe with a kind of double-speak and this book is no excepti
Reading Corner
Dec 17, 2015 Reading Corner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
I really enjoyed reading this, it was really interesting and insightful. I know I'll definitely be reading this again!
Roy Lotz
Jun 15, 2016 Roy Lotz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics, orientalism
The Art of Goodreads

1. Lotz says: The greatest books are the ones you never have to read, and the greatest words are the ones you never have to speak. Likewise, the greatest book reviews are the ones you never have to write.

2. There are five types of books: (1) Ones I have read. (2) Ones I have not read. (3-5) It's complicated.

3. To begin a book, find its weakest point. This is commonly the first page.

4. Do not turn the page too slowly, as you will make it greasy; do not turn it too quickly, a
Dannii Elle
Jul 01, 2016 Dannii Elle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If anyone is looking for a war general I am available and well versed in war tactics due to this book. Hook me up.
Diamond Cowboy
Jan 06, 2016 Diamond Cowboy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Art of War was written around 500 BC by a man of amazing stragedy named Sun Tzu. It was written on very thin strips of bamboo and pain stakenly sewed together. This volume describes the strgedies to create a very successful life, win in battles and relationships. This book has been used through the ages as a guide in battles. It is the cor coriculum in many war colleges including West Point. Sun Tzu successfully predicted the outcome of the battle of Getiesberg, and the Vietnam war. I recomm ...more
Huda Aweys
My review in English first then in Arabic - مراجعة بالانجليزية يليها مراجعة بالعربية
The arts of war, a new field i did not read in it before, sometimes I felt that I am reading a plan of offensive football team ! And at other times i felt like I am reading women's plan to provoke its neighbor! :) It is comprehensive book about the wars that we face in our lives in general;>
تلك اول مرة أقرأ فيها عن ذلك النوع من الفنون ! شعرت أحيانا و كأننى اقرأ خطة هجومية لفريق كرة قدم ! و احيانا اخرى و ك
peiman-mir5 rezakhani
دوستانِ گرانقدر، این کتاب قرن هاست که به عنوان یکی از برترین کتبِ ادبیاتِ نظامی، موردِ بررسی قرار گرفته است و صدها هزار سرباز و مورخِ چینی و ژاپنی به این کتاب که در میانِ آثارِ کلاسیکِ هنرِ جنگ، نخستین اثر محسوب میشود، توجه تمام داشته اند
از دیدگاهِ «سون تزو»، جنگ برایِ هر دولتی واجدِ شرایطِ حیاتی است، بنابراین مطالعه و تحلیلِ آن ضرورت دارد... او کوشیده تا راهبری عملیاتی نظامی و جنگی را بر بنیادی عقلانی استوار سازد و هدفش استفادهٔ سردارانی میباشد که خردمندانه در پیِ جنگی پیروزمندانه میباشند... به
یک فرمانده ی بزرگ نظامی، پانصد سال قبل از میلاد مسیح، کتابی اعجاب انگیز و ستودنی در مورد شیوه های فرماندهی لشکر می نویسد که تا سال های سال، در کشورهای شرق دور به عنوان دستور راه فرماندهان جنگ استفاده می شده. هم اکنون این کتاب در لیست کتاب های پیشنهادی ارتش امریکا برای دانشگاه های افسری و نظامی است.

این کتاب، درست در مقابل هاگاکوره: کتاب سامورایی قرار می گیرد.

هاگاکوره، کتابی سامورایی، یاد می دهد که چطور از شکست و مرگ نهراسید و اهدافی والاتر از سودهای دنیوی و عقل حسابگر داشته باشید: به فکر شجاعت ب
Alfaniel Aldavan
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"If you don't pay for the product, then you're not the customer, you're the product", media analysts have told us plainly a long time ago.

Be that as it may, the GoodReads experience has both common and unique features. The past years have seen MySpace raise and fall, Facebook shamelessly mocking users privacy and still going on, Twitter changing their API according to the phase of the moon and keeping personal data hidden from users, Google
Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally here.)

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
Ahmed Abdelhamid
مراجعة كتاب صن تسو كاملة...
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
5.0 stars. One of the most influential books ever written and certainly the foundational book on basic military strategy and tactics. Amazingly enough, its wisdom is still relevant today even after over 2500 years since its original creation.
Mahshad Blue
Aug 22, 2016 Mahshad Blue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
گاهی اوقات با خودم فکر می کنم که شاید زندگی به یک جنگ می ماند. جنگی که حریفمان یکتا نیست. جنگی که به اندازه ی تمام عمرمان طول خواهد کشید و شاید تا دم مرگ هم متوجه نشویم که آیا برنده ایم و یا بازنده. در این میدان جنگی که در آن زندگی می کنیم باید هدفمان را بشناسیم و با سرعت و دقت به آن حمله کنیم. باید تمام حواسمان را به کاربگیریم تا فریب نخوریم. باید میدان جنگمان را بشناسیم و بدانیم متناسب با موقعیتی که در آن قرار گرفته ایم حمله کنیم و یا دفاع؟ عقب نشینی کنیم و یا تا آخرین نفس ایستادگی کنیم. باید ...more
Jul 24, 2016 Burcu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
M.Ö yazılmış bir eser olmasına rağmen güncelliğini koruyor olması zaten ne kadar iyi bir strateji kitabı olduğunun kanıtı.
Bunun yanında kitaptaki stratejileri ve önerileri hayatın hemen hemen her noktasında kullanabilecek olmanız da cabası.
Okuyun okutturun!
Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
Buddy read with Anuradha!

Sorry, this wasn't much of a buddy read, was it? We'll have to do another one, a proper one sometime. Let me explain.

This audiobook wound up in my collection (I think) when a friend left it along with a bunch of DVDs after he'd been living with us for awhile, and I just sort of absconded with it. Joe Mantegna reads, which made me happy (being the Criminal Minds nut that I am). The audiobook has four discs, but the book itself only takes up about a disc and a half of that
Ezgi Tülü
Bunu sonunda bitirdiğime inanabiliyor musunuz? Ben inanamıyorum. En sonunda dnf olarak işaretlemek durumunda kalacağımı düşünmüştüm. Kitabın yarısının altını çizmiş olabilirim, emin değilim.

Okumam neden bu kadar uzun sürdü bilmiyorum gerçekten, oysa bunu beraber okumayı umduğum arkadaşım bir günde bitirmişti.
Dec 05, 2009 PlatKat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Boys
Recommended to PlatKat by: Bryan, and then Dominic
Back when I was the tender age of 16, a guy I really liked lent me this book. He said it was his favorite book and that I would love it too. I excitedly rushed home to devour this piece of literature in hopes that we could have one more thing in common to bring us even closer together.

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.

But ju
Ahmad  Ebaid
Mar 02, 2016 Ahmad Ebaid rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: سياسة
"القائد الذي يصغي لمشورتي ويعمل بها - سيقهر وينتصر, ومن هم مثله يجب أن يستمروا في موقع القيادة. القائد الذي لا يصغي لمشورتي فلا يعمل بها – سيعاني الهزيمة, ومن هنا يجب أن يصرفوا من الخدمة"

الكتاب هو واحد من أهم وأندر مخطوطات العالم القديم, يتحدّث عن فنون الحرب العسكرية, كتبه حكيم صيني في القرن السادس قبل الميلاد تقريبا, وفي تقدير مؤرخين آخرين في حدود القرن الثالث قبل الميلاد

تعود أهميته لبقاء أغلب ما فيه صالح للاستخدام حتى الآن, حتى إنه وزع منه نسخ على جنود الجيش الأمريكي أثناء حرب الكويت

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Sun Tzu (孫子; pinyin: Sūnzǐ) is a honorific title bestowed upon Sūn Wu (孫武 c. 544-496 BC), the author of The Art of War (孫子兵法), an immensely influential ancient Chinese book on military strategy. Sun Tzu believed in the use of the military sciences to effect outcomes that would result in peace.

In the author's name, Sūn Wu, the character wu, meaning "military", is the same as the character in wu shu
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