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Sun Tzu For Success: How to Use the Art of War to Master Challenges and Accomplish the Important Goals in Your Life Paperback – January 1, 2003


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580627765
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580627764
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #422,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A brilliant, practical companion for your success!" -- Edward Luttwak, Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C.

About the Author

Gerald Michaelson is author of Sun Tzu: The Art of War for Managers, Winning the Marketing War, Building Bridges to Customers, and 50 Ways to Close a Sale (and Keep the Customer for Life). He has visited China to address a symposium on Sun Tzu and conducts workshops for an agency of the Chinese government. He has traveled extensively throughout Asia as a management coach and has delivered presentations and workshops to audiences on five continents. Mr. Michaelson lives in Knoxville, TN.



Steven Michaelson writes from the perspective of an experienced, common sense, business leader. Steve has 25 years of P&L experience spanning manufacturing, distribution, and retail sectors. His background includes being CEO of an internet retailer, leadership roles at successful consumer packaged goods companies Procter & Gamble and Sara Lee, and driving growth at highly praised regional retailers like Wegmans Food Markets. From the backdrop of these diverse experiences, Steve uses relevant business examples and natural insights to uniquely connect the timeless wisdom of Sun Tzu to current business and personal challenges. Steve is currently CEO of a fast growing consumer products company.


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Overall the book is well structured and easy to comprehend.
Benjamin
Gerald A Michaelson is a leading authority in the first and most renowed self-help book the world has ever seen ie Sun Tzu's The Art Of War.
Jusuf Hariman
It is worth reading and I can see business people really enjoying what this book has to offer.
Bohdi Sanders, Ph.D.

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 20, 2003
Format: Paperback
I bought this book last week while on vacation in Miami, and finished it in three days (that says something considering this was supposed to be my vacation).
I have been in business for 16 years and have read business books of all kinds; however, in the end, this one stands alone as the best I have ever known.
Michaelson takes the principles of Sun Tzu and wraps around them the basic drivers of success: planning, persistence, discipline, etc. In the end, I realized that I hadn't heard anything that I'd previously not known - rather, it was simply being iterated in a way that, to me, was much more effective.
Basically, the book simplifies what many have often made too complicated: the process of uncovering the steps (not secrets, because there are none)to success. Why are some people far and away more successful than others? Is it who they know or is it what they do (the argument of the ages)? Actually, it's both - surrounding oneself with the right people (a network, according to Michaelson) is just as important as creating a plan, sticking to it, and moving on it immediately. Procrastinators will surely benefit from the principles outlined in this wonderful book because procrastination is simply not acceptable, according to Sun Tzu.
My copy is now completely highlighted, as I spent the better part of three days making notes and going over the salient points that warrant reference in the future.
This is my new carry-anywhere book. It will be my #1 reference point from now on. It's simply too valuable a tool not to have.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jaewoo Kim VINE VOICE on November 4, 2003
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This book is concise and well worth its cheap price. It provides some of Sun Tzu's most thought provoking text and adds the author's analysis. There has been literally hundreds of books related to Sun Tzu's writing and none of the ideas presented in this book are new. The real value of this book comes from the author's selective analysis of some of Sun Tzu's best lines.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mark Ruzomberka on September 2, 2003
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After my initial read through of this book, I know I am going to want to not only read it again, but hang on to it so I can study and reference the book. It is nice to have the original Sun Tzu narrative in the first part of the book and the authors modern day observations separated into another section of the book.

I can see how the book could be used in the contest of life, sports or business. Obvioulsy if a book that was written over two-thousand years ago is still around today, there must be something worth looking over.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jusuf Hariman on July 25, 2003
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Gerald A Michaelson is a leading authority in the first and most renowed self-help book the world has ever seen ie Sun Tzu's The Art Of War. This is a rare and outstanding book. In this book, Michaelson masterfully extrapolated Sun Tzu's teachings for personal development and success in a language everybody could understand. It is thus a must reading for everyone who seeks to emulate Sun Tzu's principal solution viz win-win solution. In another words, Sun Tzu emphasises on winning with strategy and this is a counterpoint to the more action-oriented western thinking.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin on April 21, 2003
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I was looking for books on strategy and I already knew the name of Sun Tzu. The Chinese edition I have with assertions is wordy and complicated so I do not quite grasping the ideas. It happened I saw this book in a bookstore. The book title with the Chinese characters (Sun Tzu) on the cover drew my attention. The translation and structure of the book is great and easy to read. The second part of the book has great outputs that apply the concepts to the current time. "In Summary" in each chapter is concise and it touches the concepts well. Overall the book is well structured and easy to comprehend. It provides foundation and space to readers that allow them to explore the subject further.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bohdi Sanders, Ph.D. VINE VOICE on October 30, 2008
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This is a good book, but shouldn't be used as a substitute for reading The Art of War. I recommend reading both Sun Tzu For Success and The Art of War in order to get the most from Michaelson's book. This book takes The Art of War and makes it applicable to the business world and your personal life. It has a lot of practical insights and strategies for the average person that can improve your life. It is worth reading and I can see business people really enjoying what this book has to offer.

Bohdi Sanders, author of Warrior Wisdom: Ageless Wisdom for the Modern Warrior
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 24, 2003
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Michaelson's book Sun Tzu for Success really helps the beginner understand what Sun Tzu's AOW is all about. The first chapter includes an entire translation of STAOW. The chapters following that are analyses and interpretations of the AOW's meaning and how they can be applied to one's personal or professional life. A significant amount of the interpretation is what most Sun Tzu's followers have heard time and time again. In that sense, the book is nothing new. However, very few books give examples of how these concepts apply to the real world, giving this book its own niche. If you are a beginner and only want to buy one Sun Tzu book, this one should be it.
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