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The Art of War

Sun Tzu (c. 554 BC - c. 496 BC)

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1. 01 – Laying Plans
2. 02 – Waging War
3. 03 – Attack by Strategem
4. 04 – Tactical Dispositions
5. 05 – Energy
6. 06 – Weak Points and Strong
7. 07 – Maneuvering
8. 08 – Variation in Tactics
9. 09 – The Army on the March
10. 10 – Terrain
11. 11 – The Nine Situations
12. 12 – The Attack by Fire
13. 13 – The Use of Spies

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Summary

The Art of War is a 6th Century BC Chinese treatise on war and military strategy known for its timeless examples of strategy and planning. There is intense interest in this ancient work since it teaches how to be victorious in conflict and that the final victory ultimately is to see war as an effort to win minds and hearts rather than a mere acquisition of territory and wealth. The Art of War by Sun Tzu is a two thousand year old work, reputedly authored by a famous military general and strategist who lived in ancient China. Apart from this, he is also revered and respected in many South Asian countries as a learned philosopher. The book is divided into thirteen chapters and there is historical evidence to prove that it was written over a period of time and perhaps with many borrowings and collaborations with other similar works of the period. However, it was also heavily criticized by generations of scholars and thinkers in later centuries as it advocated deception and spying as accepted strategies in war. Many scholars have also doubted whether a figure such as Sun Tzu existed at all and have found several inaccuracies in terms of the timeframe in which the book was supposed to have been written. Many feel that the original work may have undergone several revisions over the centuries before being consolidated in its present form. Whatever the nature of these opinions The Art of War remains a fascinating, valuable and extremely interesting work. Each chapter explores a different aspect of war. Beginning with elaborate plans that should be put in place before the commencement of war, the book goes on to describe different situations in which wars are fought, the kind of strategies employed in various types of terrain, understanding the nature of the enemy and finally positioning, timing and methods of attack. For present day corporate warriors, The Art of War is an invaluable text. Business management, sports and politics are some of the fields where it has found immense application. Conflict resolution theory has been immeasurably enhanced with the addition of Sun Tzu's millennia-old tried and tested methods. It also provides valuable assistance in the grooming of leaders, understanding and appreciating the opponent and leveraging one's own advantages. The Art of War provides compelling reading for anyone who is interested in the dynamics of negotiation, competition, mediation, planning and arbitration.

Reviews

MH

- English as second language

Readers should be limited to those who have good pronunciation and speaking skills!

Ruwan

- The Art of War

Its an excellent ancient treatise on tactics and strategy that has to be interpreted in related context and applied in current days reality. Thank you so much for making it available in the form of audio book which makes convenient to many of us.

Sivakumar

- Thankyou so much

It's for everyone to listen and apply for your life

William

- Civil

Ulysses S Grant new this book very well, Lee never read it. Semper Fidelis

Juan Carlos Azcarate

- The Art of War

Great book, skillfuly reading: a real pleasure

justin

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one of the best book

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Twohatchet

- This book

It is directly on point. I read completely it in three days on board a merchant ship I was assigned to in 2011. I could not put it down. This is my second reading.

Joy

- That cover is rediculous!

Sun Tze lived in Chinese Spring and Autumn and Warring States Period. He shouldn't be wearing Qing Dynasty garment!!! That would be like Hector of Troy wearing Scotland skirt!!!

Renato

- Important to apply in our life

I wrote down a little summary in my iphone to read it in each 10 minutes opportunities I have (e.g. in the bathroom, dentist, traffic jam, bus etc). It was mainly appliable at my professional life.

anselmo

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No leader should be without this book

lee

- great

Really easy to follow. Thank you

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JC

- Response To GH

Everything in this book is applicable to the average man or woman. The Art of War provides strategies and tactics that are malleable to many of lives situations: work, relationships, politics, sports... the applications are only limited to your imagination.

Neil

- Easy

A concise and easy read. Enjoyed it!

GH

- Decent Book

Most of the advice in this book does not apply to modern society.

Jamie

- Review

Enjoyed this book.

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Great voice. Thanks!!!

Reading the bullet numbers is extremely distracting in an audio book.

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