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The Art of War—Spirituality for Conflict: Annotated & Explained

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Discover the spiritually incisive strategies for peacefully resolving conflict in this masterpiece of military strategy.

Written 2,500 years ago by Chinese general Sun Tzu, The Art of War is a poetic and potent treatise on military strategy still in use in war colleges around the world. Yet its principles transcend warfare and have practical applications to all the conflict
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Skylight Paths Publishing
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Aug 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this one, though I didn't have an annotated copy of it. I rather enjoyed pondering the meaning of the passages and the different perspectives offered therein. It ended up serving as a good exercise in mental fluidity. If you like this, check out The Book of Five Rings, another exercise treatise on martial philosophy explained through mastery of sword techniques. If you can get past antiquated ideas on gender, also check out Hagakure. ...more
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
A little dull at first due to some common sense knowledge such as “attack when the enemy is weak” or “be formless in order to confuse the enemy”. I guess the second quote isn’t that common, but there were some lines that were a little too obvious for me.

The second half of the book is where it gets useful. Sun Tzu gives a few examples of how to deal with enemies and allies that can be extended to modern day situations, such as at work or in personal matters.

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• Sun Zi tekstas - puikus. Karo strategijos ir taktikos patarimai aiškūs, bet ir pakankamai bendri. Skaitosi kaip poezija, užsilieka galvoje. 兵者, 詭道也.
• Tekstas apie tai, kaip panaudoti Sun Zi patarimus versle, (kaip ir buvo galima tikėtis) visiškas šūdas. Pradžioje autorius atskirai pakomentuoja, kad šios knygos patarimai skirti labiau darbiniams santykiams, o ne manipuliuoti šeimos nariais / mylimaisiais / artimaisiais. Nežinau, jei rašyčiau knygą tokiai auditorijai, kurią turėčiau atskirai eks
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonder of the book
Sun Tzu principle of war can be applied any where in the world
Catchy like
Know your enemy means knowing yourself.
Take equipment but provision from enemy.
First loyalty then punishment.
Put army in danger, Victory is certain
Protecting bring lazy
Speed and be early to the battle spot means victory.
Listen locally
Never let your movement to enemy
Don't fix time
Amazing and enlightening
One book should be on your working table to chew!
Siddharth Zaveri
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book teaches you more about keeping peace, than about war. You won’t understand this book in one go. This book will teach you different things at different stages of life. A must read.
Abhishek Biswas
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!

The book is packed with wisdom, but yes you need some patience to get through it. Sometimes the book seemed boring, but that was not for long. It's a pretty small book, every right side page is filled with the original text and in the left page there is the interpretation. Sometimes the right side pages have only a few lines of text, but that text is very essential and holds a lot of wisdom. So in spite of being a slim book it took a good amount of time to read. Learned a lot.
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: default
A very well written version of an age-old classic book.
Apr 18, 2017 rated it liked it
A very nice thought provoking read. It is a concise but insightful with lots of advice in the field of leadership and life in general. The lessons for war prescribed in the book can be applied in our every day lives as well. However I did not find anything very new here, in terms of advice for life at least. But a good unbiased interpretation of Sun Tzu's work nonetheless. ...more
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
With so many editions available nowadays, it is by far the best edition I have ever read. An unbiased and very thought-provoking interpretation of Art of War. Unbiased true translations are rare and hard to find - like the book says, authors slightly influence with their choice of words while translating. This book is the product of twenty years of dedicated scholarship and application of The Art of War. The author worked with over forty of the most reputable authors and scholars of The Art of W ...more
Divya Sornaraja
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Clarity of the message and the utmost care taken by Thomas Hyun behind translating Sun Tzu's words was evident with the book. Unbiased true translations are rare and hard to find - like the book says, authors slightly influence with their choice of words while translating.

It felt like Sun Tzu's very own nature full of compassion has led him to write this book to contain the madness of the rulers that prevailed in ancient days running behind glory than caring for the lives that depend on him/her.
Yogesh Malhotra
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book gives detailed guidelines to follow whenever you feel trapped in conflicts. Though the title of the book seems a little harsh - The Art of War, but concepts and insights presented in this book stem from need to have compassion and empathy for others. Throughout the book, we are reminded that adversaries are not be destroyed, rather analysed and be rendered harmless. We are supposed to evaluate ourselves in terms of our strengths and weaknesses and so for our adversaries and enemies. He ...more
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sun Tzu is clear in his own way of battle and in leadership, to acquire what he want, he is a man of rules and patient.
It describe the way to lead people and to make better decision for betterness, and also what a leader would've possess in his soul.
Sun Tzu show respect and power of rule on battle field that how a person can be capable of power.
This book shows a lifestyle of day-to-day life can be simple with great efforts of leadership.
After i read it rocked me so much.
Arushi John
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great read. The importance of this book keeps increasing as the years go by. In a time where a majority of us are hot headed, it's a gentle reminder to take a step back and be kind, compassionate beings to avoid engaging in conflicts as far as it is possible. ...more
Rick Rowland
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Just read it. You'll be glad ya did.

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Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spirituality
A concisely written, thought provoking expose on conflict. I thoroughly enjoyed letting the ideas simmer and often return to this book.
Rahul Shelke
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An unbiased and very thought provoking interpretation of Art of War by Sun Tzu. It helps to understand the situation in everyday life and then act on it logically instead of emotionally.

A lot of places I could relate to my own experiences and decisions which lead me to disaster. Especially the chapters on Grounds have raised a lot of questions in my mind about the kind of attitude that we keep, whether it is in business or in personal life.
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