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The Art of War is the Swiss army knife of military theory--pop out a different tool for any situation. Folded into this small package are compact views on resourcefulness, momentum, cunning, the profit motive, flexibility, integrity, secrecy, speed, positioning, surprise, deception, manipulation, responsibility, and practicality. Thomas Cleary's translation keeps the package tight, with crisp language and short sections. Commentaries from the Chinese tradition trail Sun-tzu's words, elaborating and picking up on puzzling lines. Take the solitary passage: "Do not eat food for their soldiers." Elsewhere, Sun-tzu has told us to plunder the enemy's stores, but now we're not supposed to eat the food? The Tang dynasty commentator Du Mu solves the puzzle nicely, "If the enemy suddenly abandons their food supplies, they should be tested first before eating, lest they be poisoned." Most passages, however, are the pinnacle of succinct clarity: "Lure them in with the prospect of gain, take them by confusion" or "Invincibility is in oneself, vulnerability is in the opponent." Sun-tzu's maxims are widely applicable beyond the military because they speak directly to the exigencies of survival. Your new tools will serve you well, but don't flaunt them. Remember Sun-tzu's advice: "Though effective, appear to be ineffective." --Brian Bruya --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
"The Art of War is among the greatest classics of military literature ever written. Sun Tzu warfare is as applicable today as when the book was written some 2,500 years ago....Pick up The Art of War and read it."--General A.M. Gray, Marine Corps Gazette
Classic book, love the binding and style, contents are pretty good too.Published 19 hours ago by bear buddha
the best way to plan things is by consulting this book for strategies and tactics on how to deal with people, enemies and others. helps me alot in terms of decision making!Published 1 day ago by jose bost
I have the book but the audio book version allowed me to also review it while drivingPublished 2 days ago by Mike
This was my first read of The Art of War, and Idid it via Kindle. I enjoyed it. The volume reads rather quickly which was quite the surprise as I had always had this idea that... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Brian West
Not that much info after hearing about this book in various movies and other books! Slow, but interesting read! Bought the small, non fancy version hoping to get into the material!Published 5 days ago by Gary Neiman