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Conflict is an inevitable part of life, according to this ancient Chinese classic of strategy, but everything necessary to respond to conflict wisely, thoroughly, and victoriously is right before us at all times. The key to skillful action in any situation is in knowing those things that make up the environment and then seeing the patterns they form so that their power bec...more
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Published June 9th 2009 by Shambhala (first published -512)
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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...more
sckenda
Mar 22, 2014 sckenda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to sckenda by: Gordon Gekko
Sun Tzu wrote “The Art of War” in China 2,500 years ago. Many of us had never heard of Sun Tzu (pronounced Sun Soo) until Michael Douglas, playing Gordon Gekko, in "Wall Street" (1987) quoted him, and 20 years later, we laughed when Tony Soprano mangled a quotation from “Sun TAH’ZOO.”

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
Sporkurai
May 05, 2007 Sporkurai rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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 5 of 5 stars  ·  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.

CLASSICS:

"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
Marvin
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...more
Colleen
Sep 16, 2008 Colleen rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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
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...more
Lily
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...more
Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com:]. 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...more
Alfaniel Aldavan
The Art of War against corporate takeover of user rights



"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...more
Rabindranauth
The Art of War is a book that I’m confident needs no introduction. A collection of knowledge written by the Chinese general Sun Tzu, The Art of War to this day remains one of the best books written on military strategy. The knowledge contained in these pages is very diverse, and can be applied by the diverse mind to many areas of life.

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
Riku Sayuj
Not entirely sure if Giles' was the right translation to pick up. In any case, it had a certain majesty to it and the timeless elegance of great works. Not sure about the relevance and applicablity that the back cover boasted of though. My interest was derived primarily from the rich tapestry it wove of 600 BC China.
PlatKat
Dec 05, 2009 PlatKat rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Brandon
The version of the Art of War I would recommend is by Shambhala. It's the most readable and most touching translations I've found of this book. The Shambhala translation comes with essays by the Shambhala group, which add to the great depth and breadth of this work. I've read this book two or three times, with the essays, and I will continue to read it many more times throughout my life. Despite the name, it's not just for those interested in war. It's a book about strategy and rhythms and flow...more
Stephen
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.
El
The Art of War is often referenced in other books and movies as being a great source of information on how to strategize in business as well as war. I believe Donald Trump has raved about it more than once as something that has helped him build his, um, "empire".

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
Ahmed Abdelhamid
مراجعة كتاب صن تسو كاملة...
كتبت تعليقا كلما سمحت الفرصة بالتوازي مع المراجعة.
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للتذكير:
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
Cheryl
I should have read this sooner. The amount of information I inherited from the traditional Chinese commentators is ridiculously high. I am going to apply what I learned from this book to my life. Everything I do. I'll be quoting Master Sun for a while. I apologize in advance to those who talk to me on a daily basis.

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
Austen
I hoped to get more from the Art of War than I did. I hoped to find in this translation of the ancient text metaphors and symbolic formulations that I could apply to my own life. In particular I hoped to find ways to overcome the challenges in life that we create in our minds. I also hoped to find ways to become a better drummer: stronger, clearer of mind, more fearless. Perhaps I expected too much. I think this text bears more heavily upon those who seek to excel in adversarial endeavors, such...more
Eric Kinney
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"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
Lina AL Ojaili
معلومات ومهارات بدائية غير مناسبة مع تقدم الحالي
لكن يمكن تطبيق هذه المبادئ خارج إطار الحروب والمعارك
Nanosynergy
The Art of War has been on my ‘to read’ list for a long time because it seems to be frequently referenced and I wanted to read the source of the hype. Sun Tzu’s lists of adages are grouped by topic into 13 chapters (see helpful overview at Wiki Art of War.

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
Samy
كتاب فن الحرب لصن تزو هو أقدم كتاب فى التاريخ وضع فى فن الحرب وبالفعل الكتاب يشتمل على العديد من فنون الحرب على جميع المستويات وقد أعجبنى جدا إذا أنه شاملا او هكذا رأيته لكن قراءة النص الصينى المترجم وحده أعتقد لن تفهمه وتعرف مدى أهميته وتطبيقاته إذا لم تكن عسكريا لكن من حسن حظى أن الترجمة التى كانت معى كانت تشتمل على النص الصينى وتعطى أمثله عليه من الحروب على مر تاريخ منذ معارك هانيبال الشهيرية وبعض حروب الفراعنة مرورا بالحروب فى الحضارة الإسلامية والقرن الوسيط وصولا إلى الحروب العالمية فى العص...more
Patrick-
Aug 10, 2007 Patrick- rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: friends
Shelves: alreadyread
One of the classics of the ancient world, it also speaks volumes in our own modern world.

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
Arwa Taleb
دون معرفة مسبقة عنه وصدفة رأيت عنوانه في أحد المكتبات (فن الحرب)
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
Elliptic Blue
This is a beautiful and scholarly presentation of a truly elegant piece of ancient literature. Griffith puts forth his interpretation of "The Art of War" based on a revision of his Ph.D. thesis presented some years ago. Commentaries from several sources are included along side of Griffith's own translation. Footnotes are ubiquitous in the text explaining various discrepancies in interpretations, translations and historical contexts. There is a nicely-done introduction discussing various scholarl...more
Robert
This book is the ultimate manual for how to win a war. Its principles can be extrapolated to apply to other types of less lethal conflict, such as business and personal relationships, as well. It is important to note that this version of the book contains 2 books: one is just the English translation of "The Art of War," while the other contains notes from the translator and editor, commentaries from Chinese experts, and quotes from other eminent soldiers. This book was written in the fifth centu...more
Anna

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
Book'd
Aug 22, 2013 Book'd rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who wish to bring about some discipline in life.
Read this article on Forbes and realized I had to read this book:
http://www.forbes.com/2010/07/27/sun-...

The book indeed has much to imbibe.

Timeless strategies for winning in wars!


- There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard.

- There are not more than five primary colors (blue, yellow, red, white, and black), yet in combination they produce more hues than can ever been seen.

- There are not more than five ca

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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...more
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