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“The art of war is of vital importance to the State,” writes General Sun Tzu at the outset of one of the most important military treatises ever written. Furthermore, he writes, war can lead to safety or ruin and must not be engaged in lightly—it is a matter of life and death. What follows is a terse, sober analysis of the successful planning and conduct of war, which is as pertinent in the twenty-first century as it was in China 2,500 years ago.

Within these pages, Sun Tzu explores:

• The five fundamental facets ...

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Overview

“The art of war is of vital importance to the State,” writes General Sun Tzu at the outset of one of the most important military treatises ever written. Furthermore, he writes, war can lead to safety or ruin and must not be engaged in lightly—it is a matter of life and death. What follows is a terse, sober analysis of the successful planning and conduct of war, which is as pertinent in the twenty-first century as it was in China 2,500 years ago.

Within these pages, Sun Tzu explores:

• The five fundamental facets of war and the seven elements that determine outcomes

• War economy and limiting the cost of conflict

• The importance of unity, discipline, alliances, and cities

• Strategic defense and the recognition of offensive opportunities

• Flexibility in responding to changing circumstances

• Fighting wars without having to do battle

• The five sources of intelligence and how to use them

As notable for its insights into motivating people and knowing one’s opponent as for its emphasis on preparedness, flexibility, and understanding the environment, The Art of War has become an important resource for modern business people, trial lawyers, and sports teams—as well as for military leaders.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435136502
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
  • Publication date: 3/19/2012
  • Series: Barnes & Noble Signature Editions
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 101,037
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Sun Tzu, born Sun Wu and also sometimes known as Sunzi, was an ancient Chinese general traditionally believed to have lived during the late sixth and early fifth centuries bce, although internal evidence from the text of The Art of War gives weight to a likely composition date several centuries later.
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  • Posted March 10, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    so Why so low a rating?

    This is an amazing book, but I don't want people to be deceived, it's dry. The driest martini in the world type of dry, the Sahara looks like a rain forest dry. It is meant to be educational and it is useful for creating your own philosophies and maybe a little bit useful in warfare (still great if you want to wage an ancient war). But not every reader that loves reading will understand why this is great. it is not an escape.

    14 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2007

    An excellent masterpiece!

    This is not merely a military or tactical manual - this is a book of pure wisdom. Sun Tzu was way ahead of his time in creating such an extraordinary guide to strategy and leadership, both in and out of combat. Read this book once, then read it again the advice and aphorisms that flow from it are infinite each time.

    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2006

    Excellent Book

    This is a book full of wisdom and knowledge in the dealings of war. The concept of war can then be taken from the text and applied to all area of one's life. I have become a stronger individual after reading the book.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2007

    Deadly

    'Its not what you say but how you say it....' In The Art of War Sun Tzu explained how important dicipline must be heard.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    Not Just for Planning Battles, But for Living Life As Well

    While originally thought to be a manual for making and winning wars and battles, astute readers and practioners will find Sun Tzu's writing to be a way of living life. The priciaples of war ae there for certain but think, dig deeper and improve your life.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2010

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    A masterpiece of info

    Sun Tzu and his book of knowledge was and is one of the greatest pieces of knowledge man has ever created. From war to the job his strategies are very applicable.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2010

    Too much commentary

    While the wisdom of Sun Tzu remains infallible throughout the ages, the commentary of Lionel Giles is asinine, unwanted, and unavoidable in this edition of Art of War. Mixed in with the translation of the original text, Giles' notations are unneeded at best, but are distracting and then irritating most of the time as they disrupt the flow of Sun Tzu's counsel.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2009

    An Intellectually Stimulating Book!

    This book is a good tool for anyone to use in order to get ahead in any career.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2001

    A Must-Read

    My hockey team went on a retreat about 9 months ago. We were told that we would be uncofortable. Over the course of a few days, our coach opened up Sun Tzu's work to us. He focused on the Chinese word 'tao', which means 'the way'. Sun Tzu used it to refer to battle, we used it to refer to a battle on the ice rink. We made our own tao and used it throughout the season. This is just one small way the book can relate to other things than war.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    The Art of War

    Excellent. A classic read.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2009

    Introduction of Sun Tzu the art of war

    Introduction

    Sun Tzu's strategy to war was more unique than any dynasty emperors. It consisted of spies, And even stealth attacks.

    Description and summary of main points
    The way sun Tzu's army was composed .It had very many consistent
    With nobody's army was. His army was very intelligent.
    Evaluation
    His army was very unique. with any he was a strategic genius.
    And is general was a master swordsman.

    Conclusion
    This book is very likeable if you can tolerate mythology
    And his commander Yao Shin was a smart man as well.

    Your final review
    This book was very good's liked a lot

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2005

    A Very Good Book

    I found myself reading into Military strategies and this book popped up. Well just to put it plain and simple this is a great book. I loved how it taught strategies not only for war but for leadership in any situation.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2011

    You have to read it! Not only does it change your out look on war but on life

    I thought that the book was very well written. I found that you have to attack from higher ground. Thats how it is in life and in war. I thought the book was very informational. It was written in a format that i could understand.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

    As a United States Marine who served in Iraq as a sniper, I stro

    As a United States Marine who served in Iraq as a sniper, I strongly recommend this book. Even though this book was written a long time ago this general knew what he was talking about this book has many philosophies that I enjoyed very much and even though I have not finished reading the book I am looking forward to reading the rest of it. For all those who love reading like I do take a read at this awesome book. I leave you all with this quote from the book. "Indirect tactics, efficiently applied, are inexhaustible as  Heaven and Earth, unending as the flow of rivers and streams; like the sun and moon, they end but to begin anew; like the four season, they pass away to return once more". 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2013

    Amazing knowledge & wisdom on war tactics. Sun Tzu wrote &am

    Amazing knowledge & wisdom on war tactics. Sun Tzu wrote & others observed these writing throughougt history. Sun Tzu wrote it's is better not to fight than to be involved in a conflict, but if you are going to have to fight, have your strategy and plan in place.
    I agree with this good summary of the lessons:
    "When the enemy is relaxed, make them toil. When full, starve them. When settled, make them move."
    "In conflict, straightforward actions generally lead to engagement, surprising actions generally lead to victory."
    "Thus those skilled in war subdue the enemy's army without battle .... They conquer by strategy."
    "Know the enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles you will never be in peril. When you are ignorant of the enemy, but know yourself, your chances of winning or losing are equal. If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain in every battle to be in peril."
    "In war, numbers alone confer no advantage."
    "To ... not prepare is the greatest of crimes; to be prepared beforehand for any contingency is the greatest of virtues."
    "What is of the greatest importance in war is extraordinary speed: One cannot afford to neglect opportunity." 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2012

    The Art of War has in recent decades been applied to such modern

    The Art of War has in recent decades been applied to such modern day problems as politics and business - really anything where conflict can surface. It was also suggested reading during my entire time in business school. So, I finally pulled the trigger and read the "original" (or at least the most well-regarded translation) The Art of War. The most impressive thing to me (which is explained in the introductory material) is how well the Chinese recorded their history. My only complaint about the introductory materials was that most great Chinese historical figures have multiple names - this makes it hard to track who is who in some of the commentaries. The actual strategies themselves are full of guidelines on determining your opponent's weaknesses, exploiting them and achieving victory. Not exactly full of moral or ethical advice, so I can't use much of it. I'm glad that I read it as it gave me a great look into Chinese history...but its practical use in my world is limited.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

    Awesome book for learning quick facts.

    This book was cool. If you are creative enough you can apply this stuff to modern opposition in life. The only reason I didn't give it 5 is because some people might have trouble with the old references to war. Although it's still relative today, it might be a slow read in some spots. I just read an amazing book like this but for leadership and it has amazing references to life. Very similar. If you loved this book like I did then you will absolutely love the book "Don't Follow Me I'm The Leader". These style of books are so helpful... Good Luck & Happy Reading!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2010

    Great Edition of The Art of War by Sun Tzu

    This is a great edition of "The Art of War" the editing is perfect and it really helps you understand what you're reading. I own 3 versions of the Art of War and this is by far the best version.

    Who would believe that a book on military strategy from the 6th century BC, would be this relevant to todays affairs, be it business or strategy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2014

    Good,practical advice

    For much,much more than just warfare.getting a job,even a hot dog eating contest you could use this for

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  • Posted July 4, 2014

    Returned Book

    I ordered this book just to increase my total cost so that I could get free shipping. When I flipped through it, I saw that it was basically an ancient guide to war tactics. Way too dry for me!

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