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Sun-Tzu on The Art of War (History and Warfare )

  • Aug 14, 2005
This book is written in the style of Machiavelli with applications in Philosophy
too. Its contents discuss warfare in its many modes and manifestations. The
presentation depicts thought in the 5th century BC. The author describes expertise
on arms and fighting strategies/techniques.

Tzu stands for an honor title. The work describes violent upheaval in China. The storyline
provides a deeper understanding of conflict. The author describes strategies which
involve deception to destroy the enemy , as well as strategies to help the weak.
The author prefers a fast offensive war. The Art of War rests on some basic principles
which include the following:
-Moral Law
-Heaven (night and day)
-Commander ( has wisdom and amasses an army)
-Method/Discipline (identifies the better trained personnel)

The author describes strategies of baiting an enemy, the principle of
"no rest from attack" and attacking the unprepared. Troops normally camp
on high places facing the sun. Ground troops generally prefer higher ground
to the lower valleys where they can be attacked easily. The author cautions
us to take into account the high cost of war. The successful anticipation of the
conflict may result in preventing the enemy from gathering or
balking enemy plans. Armies need a base of operation and advanced provisions
of people and supplies.

Victory involves knowing when to fight. A well-trained army can neutralize a
superior force. A spirited force can defeat an ill-prepared or unmotivated force.
The strategy is to keep the enemy on the move and in retreat. Generally, the first to the
field of battle has the strategic advantage. Rising birds and running animals are a sure
sign of an oncoming army.

This book is a goldmine for historians everywhere.
Sun-Tzu on The Art of War (History and Warfare )

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June 15, 2013
Philosophers too. Don't forget the philosophers.
June 16, 2013
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You would think a book called The Art of War would be useful propaganda for, you know, fighting a war. Instead, Sun Tzu, the legendary strategist to end all legendary strategists, makes it quite clear that fighting in a war isn't the way he would want to go, and he would prefer to avoid them altogether.     Sun Tzu knows the terrible truth about war and he makes that very clear right from the start. The second chapter of The Art of War is a fast argument on just why it's better …
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This new translation of the ancient Chinese military treatise includes chapters of historical analysis touching on its relevance to today's corporate environment.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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ISBN-10: 081331951X
ISBN-13: 978-0813319513
Author: Sun Tzu
Genre: Business & Investing, History
Publisher: Basic Books
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