Sun Tzu and the Art of Modern Warfare

Sun Tzu and the Art of Modern Warfare

by Mark McNeilly

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Long acknowledged as a classic text on strategy, Sun Tzu's The Art of War has been admired by leaders as diverse as Mao Zedong and General Norman Schwartzkopf. However, written two thousand years ago, the book can be somewhat daunting to the modern reader. Now Mark McNeilly, author of Sun Tzu and the Art of Business, which made Sun Tzu accessible to the business executive, has extracted the six concepts most applicable to modern warfare, making them easy to understand and apply to military situations. Drawing on a wealth of fascinating historical examples, McNeilly shows how these six principles might be used in wars of the future-both conventional wars and terrorist conflicts-and how they can provide insight into current affairs, such as the war on terrorism and China's increasingly important strategic and military role in the world. In the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, McNeilly has written a new chapter for this paperback edition, which addresses how Sun Tzu's ideas can be applied to the war on terrorism. He also describes how to win the information war, how to lead by example, and how to use alliances to defeat the opponent. Including the full text of The Art of War in the popular translation by Samuel Griffith, with cross-references to quotations used in the book, Sun Tzu and the Art of Modern Warfare unlocks these elusive secrets for anyone interested in strategy and warfare, whether they are professional soldiers, military history buffs, or business executives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199313952
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 04/10/2003
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Mark McNeilly is a former U.S. Army infantry captain and graduate of the 101st Airborne "Screaming Eagles" Helicopter Assault School. The author of Sun Tzu and the Art of Business: Six Strategic Principles for Managers, he is a Strategist for a Fortune 100 company. He lives in Apex, North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Relevance of Sun Tzu to Modern Warfare3
1.Win All Without Fighting: Achieving the Objective Without Destroying It11
2.Avoid Strength, Attack Weakness: Striking Where the Enemy Is Most Vulnerable33
3.Deception and Foreknowledge: Winning the Information War68
4.Speed and Preparation: Moving Swiftly to Overcome Resistance96
5.Shaping the Enemy: Preparing the Battlefield125
6.Character-based Leadership: Leading by Example155
7.The Changing Character of War: Ancient Principles for Future Battlefields181
8.The War on Terrorism: Applying Sun Tzu's Principles201
Original Translation of The Art of War235
Bibliography to Sun Tzu translation319
Index to Sun Tzu and the Art of Modern Warfare325

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