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The Art of War from Smartercomics by Sun Tzu
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The Art of War from Smarter­Comics: How to be Suc­cess­ful in Any Com­pe­ti­tion by Sun Tzu, illus­trated by Shane Chester is a graphic novel of the famous book. Many think that this famous book is only about war, but truth be told, its lessons could be applied to man­age­ment and man­age­ment styles.

The Art of War from Smarter­Comics: How to be Suc­cess­ful in Any Com­pe­ti­tion by Sun Tzu, illus­trated by Shane Chester depicts Sun Tzu’s mas­ter­piece by high­light­ing the main teach­ings of the clas­sic guide. The artist por­trays Sun Tzu as he guides the reader through the pages and applies the prin­ci­ples of the Art of War to mod­ern life and man­age­ment issues.

While some folks have issues with this book, I feel that the teach­ings are time­less. The sit­u­a­tions in which Chester illus­trates Sun Tzu are fun and fan­tas­ti­cal, from the sharks in the board­room to the busi­ness­men of the mafia, from the crim­i­nal politi­cian to the wrestler and the rap­per — Sun Tzu’s prin­ci­ples apply to all conflicts.

The graphic novel does get the main point of the book across; the art­work is very good, with a sense of humor and, as comic do, fills in the blanks where the text is mis­sion. This is an enjoy­able intro­duc­tion to the famous book, but it doesn’t replace it. The Art of War should be stud­ied, not read, and applied to sit­u­a­tions in our daily man­age­ment tasks.

This book is short, even shorter than the orig­i­nal, and took me maybe an hour to read. The graphic novel dri­ves the point that each indi­vid­ual can apply these con­cepts to their own dilemma and over­come them with dig­nity, and some­times even grace.

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