The Art of War by Sun Tzu

The Art of War

Twenty-Five Hundred years ago, Sun Tzu wrote this classic book of military strategy based on Chinese warfare and military thought. Since that time, all levels of military have used the teaching on Sun Tzu to warfare and cilivzation have adapted these teachings for use in politics, business and everyday life. The Art of War is a book which should be used to gain advantage of opponents in the boardroom and battlefield alike.


Details The Art of War

TitleThe Art of War
ISBN9781590302255
Author
Release DateJan 11th, 2005
PublisherShambhala
LanguageEnglish
GenreNonfiction, Classics, Philosophy, History, War, Politics, Business, Military Fiction, Cultural, China, Leadership
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Reviews The Art of War

  • Anne
    2015-07-12
    Hey! Look at me stepping outside my comfort zone!I saw this audiobook in the library, and I thought it looked interesting.Hell, I've got 4 kids. This could come in handy.Next year I'll have not one, but two teenage boys. I need to prepare myself to defend my babies home from the invading whores hoards. I figured this book would help me gird my loins (or whatever it is you do) when you head into battle.Back off, Skanks! You're not getting past the...
  • Petra X
    2012-05-29
    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 th...
  • Bill Paxton
    2017-02-16
    Awesome book... Pretty amazing insights. What I really loved is the fact that much of the insights can be used in today's fiercely competitive corporate scenarios as well. Must read! I bought this book at special price from here:https://www.amazon.com/Art-War-Sun-Tz...
  • Alejandro
    2014-08-04
    The wise warrior avoids the battle. I can't think in a better quote to begin this review.Sometimes, reading books about war tactics or novels of the genre of war, is confused with glorify wars, destruction, death and all sad things that are results of a war. But, at least, in my case (I can't speak for others) it's not that. I don't glorify war. One of my favorite historical subjects is World War II, but it's not because an insane instinct of glo...
  • Alex Farrand
    2017-03-09
    I listened to The Art of War for a few reasons; 1) It was only a hour long, 2) It was free because I am an Amazon Prime member, 3) It was narrated by Aiden Gillen, also known as Petyr Baelish, aka Littlefinger. So, I jumped into it, and listened to it during a car ride.The Art of War is a well versed, and short guide book to strategize, and tactically win a war. There were tons of great advice, and still relatable today. I would go even deeper th...
  • Dannii Elle
    2016-01-29
    If anyone is looking for a war general I am available and well versed in war tactics due to this book. Hook me up.
  • Lyn
    2017-12-27
    Who reads the Art of War?OK, sure everybody, or anybody can, but who actually does and why?If we could somehow take a survey and create a pie chart of who reads this 2500 year old Chinese manual, what would we find, who reads it?Military professionals, sure; executives, probably – wanna be executives, almost certainly; sports coaches, law enforcement officers, school teachers, teenage gamers, etc etc.The title will get attract and repel many al...
  • Sporkurai
    2007-05-05
    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 sur...
  • Tom Marotta
    2007-07-17
    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 bat...
  • Brina
    2017-11-05
    Sun Tzu's The Art of War is said to be the oldest military treatise in the world. Written centuries before the height of the Chinese empire before the common era, this slim volume did not make its way to the west until 1890, when French colonists brought a copy back to Paris. Regarded as classic by many, I decided to read the treatise for myself. Selecting an edition translated by Lionel Giles, the version I read was a mere 98 pages in length and...
  • Colleen
    2008-09-16
    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 s...
  • Ahmed H. Mansour
    2017-02-05
    It is hard to speculate that this book has been written for one single era...When you read it you realise it meant to stay and teach all the humanity, a book that needs to be taught in schools, teaching kids how to THINK....How it is SIMPLE to THINK....Now THAT`S somthing they don`t usually teach us to know when we are nothing but small lads....Such a damn complicate world :(Here`s a small taste of what you may find in this small book :)---------...
  • Heidi The Hippie Reader
    2016-10-17
    Frankly, I got tired of my husband quoting this and having no idea what he was talking about. So, Heidi-the-Hippie/Librarian picked up The Art of War. I must love him a great deal because this was so not my thing though I valiantly struggled my way through it. I'd say about three quarters of the book was commentary and translation quibbles on the text itself, which is really rather brief and kind of pretty in a "this is how you kill a bunch of pe...
  • Araz Goran
    2015-09-27
    " الكـتاب المـقـدس للـدراسـات العـسكـرية " خمسة وعشرون قرناً من الزمان ولا يزال كتاب " فن الحرب " من أهم وافضل الكتب الحربية والعسكرية ومازال من ضمن قائمة أهم مائة كتاب في التاريخ..سن أتزو جعل من الحرب فناً ،خدعة ودهاء، تعليمات عسكرية صارمة وتكتيكات ...
  • Roy Lotz
    2013-06-03
    The Art of Goodreads 1. Lotz says: The greatest books are the ones you never have to read, and the greatest words are the ones you never have to speak. Likewise, the greatest book reviews are the ones you never have to write.2. There are five types of books: (1) Ones I have read. (2) Ones I have not read. (3-5) It's complicated.3. To begin a book, find its weakest point. This is commonly the first page.4. Do not turn the page too slowly, as you w...
  • Riku Sayuj
    2014-05-11
    Quick Demo: On Ruining a Classic TextKaufman (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 men...
  • R.K. Gold
    2017-02-17
    Glad I finally read this book. I know it's considered one of the ultimate classics and I had always put it off because it's short, justifying the procrastination to myself by saying "I can read it in a day it's no big deal if I start tomorrow." Well tomorrow finally came and I read it.I found the chapters on maneuvering and land to be the most fascinating. The direct descriptions and exact measurements of how to respond in these situations were e...
  • Bookdragon Sean
    2015-08-28
    We all know one person who has an answer for everything. This person is usually annoying and won’t accept that sometimes they’re just wrong; they won’t accept that at some point their logic may fail them and run dry; they’re completely resolute in what they believe and they just won’t budge from it: they simply can’t be proven wrong or at fault. This is how I feel about Sun Tzu. It’s like he interpreted questions and doubts before t...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2012-10-24
    Sūnzǐ Bīngfǎ=Sun Tzu The Art of War, Sun Tzuتاریخ نخستین خوانش: شانزدهم آگوست سال 1995 میلادیعنوان: هنر جنگ؛ اثر: سون دزو؛ حسن حبیبی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، انتشارات قلم، 1364، در ؟؟ ص، موضوع: علوم نشامی، جنگ و جنگاوری، فن جنگ متون قدیمی قرن ششم پیش از میلادعنوان: هنر جنگ؛ اث...
  • Foad
    2015-09-15
    یک فرمانده ی بزرگ نظامی، پانصد سال قبل از میلاد مسیح، کتابی اعجاب انگیز و ستودنی در مورد شیوه های فرماندهی لشکر می نویسد که تا سال های سال، در کشورهای شرق دور به عنوان دستور راه فرماندهان جنگ استفاده می شده. هم اکنون این کتاب در لیست کتاب های پیشنهاد...
  • Lily
    2007-08-25
    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 ...
  • Alice Poon
    2016-12-05
    I read the Chinese version with English translation. I was most impressed with this observation: that winning every war is not the best scenario; the most ideal scenario is where one manages to repel an enemy without fighting. The other theory I found convincing is that a shrewd fighter would choose his men wisely and would know how to ride the prevailing situation. Most of the contents would seem to be practical common sense.The keynote of the f...
  • J.L. Sutton
    2016-01-16
    Understanding the ground you're standing on (strategically) is a paramount concern of Sun Tzu's treatise on The Art of War. This ground (and the moves and countermoves you can make from it) can be interpreted not just as advice on combat, but also on business and relationships. This is book I've known about for a long time. So I'm glad I got to read it, but I'm not sure it inspired me to action or to think differently about the world. Maybe that ...
  • Reading Corner
    2015-12-12
    I really enjoyed reading this, it was really interesting and insightful. I know I'll definitely be reading this again!
  • Obied Alahmed
    2017-11-04
    هناك مبالغة كبيرة في المقدمة و التمهيد لاهمية الكتاب و كأنه الكتاب الذي لا مثيل له بعظم نصائحه وامكانية تطبيقه في جميع مناحي الحياة العسكرية اساسا ومن ثم الحياة اليومية والاقتصادية والعلاقات الانسانية وهذا ما شدد على ذكره في المقدمة وأنه من أسباب...
  • Steven Walle
    2015-02-25
    The Art of War was written around 500 BC by a man of amazing stragedy named Sun Tzu. It was written on very thin strips of bamboo and pain stakenly sewed together. This volume describes the strgedies to create a very successful life, win in battles and relationships. This book has been used through the ages as a guide in battles. It is the cor coriculum in many war colleges including West Point. Sun Tzu successfully predicted the outcome of the b...
  • peiman-mir5 rezakhani
    2016-08-01
    دوستانِ گرانقدر، این کتاب قرن هاست که به عنوان یکی از برترین کتبِ ادبیاتِ نظامی، موردِ بررسی قرار گرفته است و صدها هزار سرباز و مورخِ چینی و ژاپنی به این کتاب که در میانِ آثارِ کلاسیکِ هنرِ جنگ، نخستین اثر محسوب میشود، توجه تمام داشته انداز دیدگاهِ ...
  • Ahmed Oraby
    2017-01-31
    إذا أردت الحرب فعليك بإعداد السلاح، إذا أردت النصر - يا رب النصر لمصر بجد - فعليك بالتخطيط، وإذا أردت الأكل فقوم اعمل فطارك يا حيوانوإن كان حبيبك عسل متلحسوش كله