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As true today as when it was written, The Art of War is a 2,500-year-old classic that is required reading in modern business schools. Penned by the ancient Chinese philosopher and military general Sun Tzu, it reveals how to succeed in any conflict. This graphic version from SmarterComics™ brings Sun Tzu's message to life in dynamic illustrated form.
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As true today as when it was written, The Art of War is a 2,500-year-old classic that is required reading in modern business schools. Penned by the ancient Chinese philosopher and military general Sun Tzu, it reveals how to succeed in any conflict. This graphic version from SmarterComics™ brings Sun Tzu's message to life in dynamic illustrated form.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781610660105
  • Publisher: Writers Of The Round Table Press
  • Publication date: 4/16/2011
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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  • Posted June 28, 2012

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    Good Artwork, Funny and on Point

    The Art of War from Smarter­Comics: How to be Suc­cess­ful in Any Com­pe­ti­tion by Sun Tzu, illus­trated by Shane Chester is a graphic novel of the famous book. Many think that this famous book is only about war, but truth be told, its lessons could be applied to man­age­ment and man­age­ment styles.

    The Art of War from Smarter­Comics: How to be Suc­cess­ful in Any Com­pe­ti­tion by Sun Tzu, illus­trated by Shane Chester depicts Sun Tzu’s mas­ter­piece by high­light­ing the main teach­ings of the clas­sic guide. The artist por­trays Sun Tzu as he guides the reader through the pages and applies the prin­ci­ples of the Art of War to mod­ern life and man­age­ment issues.

    While some folks have issues with this book, I feel that the teach­ings are time­less. The sit­u­a­tions in which Chester illus­trates Sun Tzu are fun and fan­tas­ti­cal, from the sharks in the board­room to the busi­ness­men of the mafia, from the crim­i­nal politi­cian to the wrestler and the rap­per — Sun Tzu’s prin­ci­ples apply to all conflicts.

    The graphic novel does get the main point of the book across; the art­work is very good, with a sense of humor and, as comic do, fills in the blanks where the text is mis­sion. This is an enjoy­able intro­duc­tion to the famous book, but it doesn’t replace it. The Art of War should be stud­ied, not read, and applied to sit­u­a­tions in our daily man­age­ment tasks.

    This book is short, even shorter than the orig­i­nal, and took me maybe an hour to read. The graphic novel dri­ves the point that each indi­vid­ual can apply these con­cepts to their own dilemma and over­come them with dig­nity, and some­times even grace.

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  • Posted January 5, 2012

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    Good Book To Start With

    I have read a couple other versions of The Are of War, which I enjoyed a lot. I wasn’t sure what to expect from a comic book version, but I thought it was a great idea. It only took about 30 minutes to read and I have to admit I was a bit surprised at the quantity and quality of Sun Tzu’s philosophy that was in this (comic) book. The illustrations were well done and the “characters” and “story” changes for different “lessons” that are presented in the book. So it’s more of a “short stories” comic book. I think that the Smarter Comics version of The Art of War is a great way to get a basic understanding of The Art of War or a great starting point for any one who thinks they might be interested in reading a more “complete” version later. I know that Smarter Comics are “comics that make you smarter” but I thought the quiz at the end was a bit much (but not enough to change my rating).

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  • Posted April 9, 2011

    Brilliant!!!

    Individuals are always faced with dilemmas. However, it is up to each individual to overcome every dilemma with dignity. In this specific comic book, Franco Arda express an imperative characteristic trait that should be embedded in every person since birth, which is the trait of competition. Arda explains the key secrets to becoming successful in every organization and in every way of life. Excellent Read!

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  • Posted April 8, 2011

    For all ages

    The Art Of War by Sun Tzu provides readers with an easy read that can be applied to both your professional and personal life. Tzu and Clester show their outstanding abilities with this collaboration. This is a comic book that people of all ages will enjoy and find beneficial to their well being.

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  • Posted April 7, 2011

    Great comic version of a classic, "The Art of War"

    This graphic novel version Sun Tzu's Art of War, well illustrated by Shane Clester, is an easy read. It is a take on Sun Tzu's book that, with the illustrations, brings the concepts to life with clarity, and it is also accessible to children and adults alike, telling the story of basically how to survive in any life situation. Though it is called "The Art of War," the book really does offer valuable lessons for anyone's personal life. I like how the illustrations apply and are used as a way to convey to the reader the theories in the book in a modern day way.

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  • Posted April 6, 2011

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    For Individuals who don't like reading

    The Art of War is a graphic novel version of the classic principles taught Sun Tzu many years ago. This graphic novel version is a great way to interest those that don't like reading. The pictures help to break up the text and help the reader visualize the parallels draw between war in ancient China and the "battles" we fight today in every day modern life.

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  • Posted April 6, 2011

    Very Cool

    This was fun to read in this form. You get all the great information but in a format that would appeal to different types of readers. Gearing towards a more modern audience is a great way to revive a great classic. Thoroughly enjoyed. Thanks so much! Definitely pick up The Art of War from SmarterComics: How to be Successful in Any Competition

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  • Posted April 6, 2011

    Great Story!

    This graphic novel was great! Coming from someone who had never read a graphic novel before I will definitely pick one up again. Art of War not only has a valuable message but also a riveting and suspenseful story. I really enjoyed the format of story and definitely recommend it to someone who thinks that a graphic novel is boring or hard to follow. This would be a great one to start with!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2011

    GOOD STUFF, loved it

    Yes, I am a girl and I thought this was just another comic book (totally borrowed my boyfriends copy) but was I surprised by the artwork and the depth of the words. I can see using these lessons in my daily life, I especially liked the part where the girl is shown to be getting away from a bad situation. It relates to me. Loved it.

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  • Posted April 5, 2011

    'The Art of War' Meets the Graphic Novel

    Studied for centuries as THE guide to military strategy, Sun Tzu's `The Art of War' is now available in possibly the most popular and most accessible literary format. By adapting `The Art of War' in a graphic novel, SmarterComics has not only brought Sun Tzu's opus to today's masses, they have also made for the allowance that reader's can take away an even better and broader sense of the author's philosophy. The art is well done and aids to drive the specific philosophical points home, even outside of a military context. This book, hands down, was a great idea.

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  • Posted April 3, 2011

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    Take A lesson From Sun Tzu!

    Competition has been a big part of society for centuries. The Art of War by Sun Tzu and illustrated by Shane Clester, takes the important lesson of how to succeed in competition from an ancient story and transforms it to something that any person young or old can relate to in today's world. The adaptation of the story to modern times is both interesting and easy to comprehend without being boring or irrelevant.

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  • Posted March 31, 2011

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    The Art of War for a New Generation

    Shane Clester has brought Sun Tzu's masterpiece, The Art of War, to a new set of readers by using comic illustration to better explain the teachings of this classic writer. Tzu is portrayed in various modern situations to better explain the meaning of his writings, teaching readers how to be successful in any competition, mentoring a mob boss, a professional wrestler, a politician, a gambler, and a rap artist, amongst others, in the various ways of conflict resolution. Clester has made this book easier to comprehend through his unique use of comics and everyday situations to help readers to appreciate Tzu's mindset. Readers of this comic will enjoy and appreciate the ancient writings of Tzu through the art of Clester.

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  • Posted March 31, 2011

    The Art of War is a masterpiece

    The Art of War is not only appealing to the reader visually but it takes a classic concept and makes it entertaining and enjoyable to read. The graphics are amazing and the lesson behind all of it, "How to Succeed in Any Competition" is explained in detail and with intelligence. This book, done perfectly by the partnership of Sun Tzu and Shane Chester, is perfect for both adolescents and adults alike and offers a fun and entertaining way to look at succeeding in life.

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  • Posted March 31, 2011

    Art of War, graphic novel style

    Sun Tzu's Art of War continues to be one of the most inspiring books ever written. This graphic novel version is easy to read, simple to understand, and fun to absorb. The Art of War may sound simple on the surface but Sun Tzu offers valuable lessons that can be used in your personal and professional life. This particular version would be suitable as a gift for kids and adults from age 12 on up to 100. The fun cartoons apply this ancient wisdom to today's context in a pleasing and dynamic way. Wonderful, wonderful book from Smarter Comics with drawings by Shane Clester.

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  • Posted March 31, 2011

    Sun Tzu's Art of War Made Simple

    Sun Tzu's "Art of War" is a template for those who want to prevail in any competition. Shane Clester's illustrated take in the classic tome is a must for any business person, athlete, or competitor of any kind. The 80 page book spells out in interesting visuals and succinct dialogue Tzu's pearls of wisdom. Appealing to anyone high school age and up.

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  • Posted March 30, 2011

    Lighthearted Seriousness! A great read!

    This is a very creative illustration of how to prevail and succeed not only on a distinct professional level, yet in masterminding the will to succeed in every day life! (I am sorry to say that I have not read the first book, yet now feel compelled to do so, as to appreciate this book even more.) Personally, I think every person who has achieved their MBA would thoroughly enjoy this display of wit, knowledge and forethought in such a manner as in this comic. I cannot recall how many years ago it was that I actually read a comic, let alone an entire magazine, but this has great insight and philosophy embedded in it's analogue. This is a "must read" and perfect gift to anyone that needs a break from the rat race of life, or needing the reaffirmation of strategies as illustrated in this book. Very fun reading, and done in such an "untypical" method for the attracted audience.

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  • Posted March 30, 2011

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    Great Read!

    This is a classic book that everyone should read at one point, that is required reading by most business schools. This book helps with any sort of competition- from war to business to politics to real life. from This edition by SmarterComics is a great way to turn a must-read into a fun, creative read. The art work and illustrations are interesting and captivating. It would appeal to a younger crowd and as a leisure read.

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  • Posted March 30, 2011

    Everyone should read this

    Shane Clester has made a timeless classic accessible for literally anyone and everyone. The book is visually appealing and his portrayal of Sun Tzu's concepts are easily digestible for any age reader. This book is not merely about war - it's about life, and it's relevant to everyone, whether you're six years old and battling the playground, or whether your 65 and knitting your life away. This book is a remind of how to deal with life's challenges in a dignified manner that will make you more likely to overcome those challenges.

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  • Posted March 30, 2011

    Illustrations Draw Reader In

    When you think about reading a book to help you with your level of success, you probably do not automatically think of a comic book. The Art of War from SmarterComics: How to be Successful in Any Competition is an entertaining book written by Sun Tzu and illustrated by Shane Clester. Even if you do not normally read this type of book, you will be drawn in by the illustrations. The book gives the reader the idea that you can use your critical thinking skills and wisdom to win a war and you may not even have to fight a battle. If you are working on climbing the ladder in any field, this book is a fun way to help you advance your train of thought.

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  • Posted March 30, 2011

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    Clever Modern Adaptation of an Ancient Classic

    Shane Clester's illustrations bring Sun Tzu's ancient classic, The Art of War, to life through the unique medium of a comic book, condensing into a distinctively entertaining collection of highlights. Sun Tzu appears in many different outfits and characters to present his lesson, adapted into modern day situations from professional wrestling to rapping to paintball to campaigning to a poker tournament. It is a refreshing take on a classic, and is presented in a truly clever fashion. By creating a medium that is accessible to readers of all ages and backgrounds, Clester brings the lessons of The Art of War to many who may otherwise not have read it and renewed interest in those who already have read it and can truly appreciate its witty take.

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