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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2004

    Absolutely fabulous

    There's no better book that this when it comes to military and warfare. Pity the book is NOT standard reading for OCS, West Point or The Citadel. Yet most of my officer buddies all have a copy. It helps clear matters up and gives a perspective and deeper understanding about warfare and even modern business practices. This book will certainly enlighten you in more ways that you can imagine,

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2005

    Although written centuries ago this book still holds practical applications today

    The tools of war have changed drastically since the days of Sun Tzu. However the techniques and purposes of war have not. Written centuries ago it still has practical applications in armed conflicts that will be waged today and those that will be waged centuries from now...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2004

    thousands of years old and still the best

    Great book to read. When I lead a group of people one day. I will <br>make sure they read this book. Like A Warrior Blends With Life book, they look at <br>life like war. 'Life is war', that is the philoshphy. The book goes into detail <br>about the use of force and how it is used to win battles. A very good book indeed. I will have to read it again to get a better understanding of it. To understand your enemy is a valuabe trait. To expose and use his strengths and weaknesses against him/her is vary valuable indeed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2004

    Very nice to have around

    This book was written about 2,500 years ago in China when a man was told to write a report on war and its bases in combat. The Art of War is a scientific look at how war should be conducted and carried out. It goes into what to do and not to do while at war. Through the book Sun Tzu lays down the basics of assessing a battle, formations, siege planning, and when to go to battle or avoid battle. In the book he makes a metaphor by saying, ¿I am known for curing death and curing great sickness, and I¿m known by many, but there is another man in the village that no one has heard of because he stops death from ever getting near and stops sickness before it becomes great, and for this he is a great healer.¿ This means that it is a greater victory to disarm an opponent long before it ever comes to the highest conflict and to disrupt his allies so he has no one to turn to. This is the strongest point of the book although it goes into more detail of the use of fire and the jobs of spies and other elements of war. Sun Tzu¿s translator, Thomas Cleary, conveys the fine points well and makes the reading easy. He does this by having the actual translation in the text then after it made an understanding into today¿s modern look at things. This helps a lot when the majority of the original text is metaphors and then gives an explanation of the text. There are times when the original text seems to go much longer then the explanation, which leaves readers to figure it out for themselves. This is not always a bad thing in letting the readers to interpret the text for themselves. The book itself is made to just hit the main points of the text and is short, good for looking to and being a guide for decision making.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2003

    Art of War

    After reading The Art of War not knowing that the lesson taught to me through this scripture until I reread it and found that I was using the tactics of Master Sun. This book may stick with you if you allow it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2003

    Art of War

    This text was created to educate one on the matter of resolving probelms, thus this text was and is also a guide to ones' probelms in any matter. PS War is apart of life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2002

    War is for those that are strong

    Sure this is definitely a book for strategy, even for daily life if your a sissy. i mean come on people, this is a strategy book, it gives advise on how to fight a war. Not to solve dumb everyday life stuff. Yeah This is a awesome book, I mean modern combat command should be TRAINING from this book! Read it its really interesting but enough of the EVERYDAY LIFE Stuff!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2002

    Greatest

    Of this has to be the oldest book on management. When it was mentioned in 'Wallstreet' people finally got it that this is a management book. Bit extreme maybe... A good edition of the classic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2001

    Broadening your perspective

    War is not really based on honor... or glory, or even whose right. It's all about conditions, who has the advantage and how to dishearten your opponents while making sure your own resources are protected. It tells you what to look for through hundreds of various quotes and snippets of advice. This book was not entirely by Sun Tzu, but a collection of famous tacticians through-out history. Each seem to add another element to the concept of how to win in conflict. In life, you can see a little of this in each day... but just remember not too get too carried away. After all, even Sun Tzu himself said 'A battle not fought, is a battle won.' For broadening your perspective, I'd suggest adding this book to your collection as well as 'Open Your Mind, Open Your Life: A Little Book of Eastern Wisdom' by Taro Gold.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2001

    The great minds

    This book is extremely good on dealing with lifes situations, I have learned from his writings as well as Decheonbae jones writings in the book Verismo and Pearls of justice. You have to get these books and check them out very interesting takes on life and the completion in a ancient poetic form!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2000

    Great book, but there are better translations...

    Ames or Gagliardi's translations are more recent and complete. Before reading, check out Secrets of Sun Tzu are Clearbridge web site. Gagliardi's Clearbridge version gives you access to all their training materials on competition from Art of War.

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