- Paperback: 68 pages
- Publisher: Filiquarian; First Thus edition (November 7, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1599869772
- ISBN-13: 978-1599869773
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3,891 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I found it free on amazon and of course, I downloaded it. Boy! Am I glad I did.
The beginning was a bit scary for me. Let me not spoil it for you, but if you read it, you will understand why.
For those on business, get this right: if the vision and mission of the organization are clear, but the members or employees are not acting accordingly, the leadership is to blame, and MUST be FIRED, or maybe worse...
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.
Two quotes to give a flavor of the book:
"All warfare is based on deception."
"Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting."
I highly recommend this book, but not this specific edition, which appears to use the Lionel Giles translation without bothering to credit Mr. Giles (deceased he may be, but he deserves acknowledgment). Moreover, the edition lacks an introduction to provide historical context, and the ninth chapter has been moved forward without explanation.
His battles depended on mostly tactics based on what the weather conditions were, and what form of territory and environment you're in, and to ration your army's energy during a battle, and when to fight and when not to. (It's a damn good thing that Hitler didn't do his homework on this.)
And basically show that the rules of war is, was, and always will be, BS.
His tactics are still put to good use even to this very day, thou it's original intention was for future wars, but it's put into practice for other means. For instance, football coaches, company managers, even the great Bobby Fisher took a few tips from this guy's book.
So in retrospect, technology and engineering may have completely obliterated the dynamics of the rules of war, but the art is still the same.