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The Book of War: Sun-tzu The Art of Warfare & Karl von Clausewitz On War

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Civilization might have been spared much of the damage suffered in the world wars this century if the influence of Clausewitz's On War  had been blended with and balanced by a knowledge of Sun-tzu's The Art of Warfare.  --B.H. Liddel Hart

For two thousand years, Sun-tzu's The Art of Warfare was the indispensable volume of warcraft. Although his work is the first known analy
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Published February 22nd 2000 by Modern Library
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Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
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An excellent compilation of two (of three in my opinion) seminal works on warfare. I prefer this translation of Clausewitz (Jolle) vice the Paret/Howard editions. Clausewitz is hard to understand if you think in 21st Century terms/schema; however, if you consider his work through the lens of the classic (vice Hegelian) dialectic, his work is much easier to understand. The principles that KvC identifies still have merit today.
Brandy Salazar
Oct 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
Powerful. Many a politician and/or civilian would benefit from reading and gaining an insight into how strategic warfare is devised and executed and the repercussions of both.
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]A series of aphorisms from two and a half millennia ago about how to win wars: in summary, by having a better idea of what you are doing, and preparing your own troops accordingly, than your opponent. The advice is sufficiently general that I'm not surprised to see it quoted in management handbooks, and I guess also in advice to thrusting young Wall Street brokers too.[return][return]Two points slightly jumped out at me. The first was the sug ...more
Alejandra Aristizábal
Sep 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Excellent descriptions on war, from a very Confucianist point of view, suitable for all countries, situations and peoples.

A great hint on strategy concepts.
Jan 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I must read for anyone interested in history, military, and politics.
Jun 20, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who believes that war is an extension of politics.
Strategy and tactics from wars past that can be adapted to fit any personal interaction...can't we all just get along?

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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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