The Art of War Paperback – April 29, 2014
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- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 29, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 60 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1499215843
- ISBN-13 : 978-1499215847
- Item Weight : 3.35 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.14 x 9 inches
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Reviewed in the United States on December 29, 2020
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It does not matter as both are the same type of writing...that of Sun Tzu....and extremely important for us Westerners to know about.
To the Asian mind bent on war and winning: a promise means nothing. Winning is everything and the devious Asian mind has patience, has zeal, has a whole different set of values from that of the Westerner with our sense of "honor." If we have given our word, a promise to what has been agreed, we feel "honorbound" to follow through on it.
The Asian mind would not, for example, take time off in World War II for Christmas as a time not to fight. The Asian mind would not comprehend this.
If the goal is to win, ruthlessness is considered honorable. Winning is what it is all about and the Japanese at the end of World War II are a good example. Having "lost face" at that time, they turned to business, entrepreneur-ship, if you wish to call it something....and determine to "win the war of business."
They succeeded immeasurably. They started with textiles as the least costly materials (cotton) and cheap labor. Once they acquired the capital, they put their money into developing transistors....remember the first transistor radios?
Eventually even one with the name General Electric (if you looked inside, it said "Made in Japan."
Next they used the capital gained from these world-wide sales to develop television sets.
Next they went into the computer business.
Somewhere in this mix they developed cars totally superior to our American planned-to-rust-out cars and no longer did our cars not start or fall apart in a short time. We have only our American businessmen to thank for their poor quality and cutting corners in quality.
The Art of War.......an invaluable read....by everyone. Now.
No time wasting in introductions whatsoever.
The used English is not very easy for non-native English speaking.
The majory of advices are pure warfare tactics to be used in battlefields.
Few advices are beneficial in nowadays life and in business.
I recommend reading since it's only 30 pages.
I might try another translated version later on and edit my comment accordingly.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on May 4, 2019
Now talking about the book I think it's the most overated book that I have read so far. So my suggestion would be not to waste time on this.
It is written point wise that also for me seems a little childish.
It talks about different tactics of warfare which is completely irrelevant in today's time. One atom bomb and all your Art of War would go in vain.
I though of giving it 2 stars but the reviews that is there on the cover of the book is so very good that it made me give it 1 star.
Also comparing it with Gita is complete insult to human civilization.
Rest I would say if you have a lot of time and want to waste it and get angry after few days then I would suggest you to go for this.
This should be explained to the buyer before purchase.