I definitely never thought i d want to read a book about Chinese military strategy written in 5th century BC yet here we are.This one turned out to be so interesting. Twenty Five Hundred Years Ago, Sun Tzu Wrote This Classic Book Of Military Strategy Based On Chinese Warfare And Military Thought Since That Time, All Levels Of Military Have Used The Teaching On Sun Tzu To Warfare And Civilization Have Adapted These Teachings For Use In Politics, Business And Everyday Life The Art Of War Is A Book Which Should Be Used To Gain Advantage Of Opponents In The Boardroom And Battlefield Alike Simply put, Sun Tzu says that it is better not to fight than to be involved in a conflict, but if you are going to have to fight, then you have to do it to win, and these are the various strategies, often brutal, that will get you that result.Niccol Machiavelli, in The Prince says if you are in a position of power and seek to maintain it, it is better to be loved and respected, but if you can t achieve that, then at least enforce respect and these are the, often brutal, strategies that will get that result.I say, if you are going to be a politician in the generally winning party and you don t like reading much, The Prince is for you Very sly If however you see yourself in opposition, arguing your point, try Sun Tzu first.For the rest of us the books are short and make interesting historical and somewhat philosophical reading but they aren t going to change your life other than giving you a leg up on the intellectual book ladder, always a plus for the pseuds view spoiler Who, me Yah think hide spoiler The wise warrior avoids the battle. I can t think in a better quote to begin this review.Sometimes, reading books about war tactics or novels of the genre of war, is confused with glorify wars, destruction, death and all sad things that are results of a war But, at least, in my case I can t speak for others it s not that I don t glorify war One of my favorite historical subjects is World War II, but it s not because an insane instinct of glorify war I just support the concept that any person who forget the past or don t doing anything to learn about the past, he she will be cursed to repeat history The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. In the case of this particular book, The Art of War, besides the obvious reading by people in military careers, it s a recommended lecture to people in areas such as business, in special for management, and certainly you can apply many of the lessons of the book to almost any field of interaction with others where a victory is involved All warfare is based on deception. Without deception, the WWII couldn t be won, since while the real invading forces of D Day were arriving to Normandy s beaches, the core of Nazi s forces were in other place falling to false messages and even a false settlement with even fake tanks that in pictures taken from the air looked like the real deal There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare. Hard lessons about this can be learn from the conflict in Vietnam, just to name the quickest example that came to my mind So in war, the way is to avoid what is strong, and strike at what is weak. Giving a rest to the horrors of real wars, this lesson is an interesting explanation of why adventure stories are always so captivating Since, you never saw a hero facing a weak opponent In real life is quite wise and logical to do it, but in fictional literature Oh, you always read about the underdog battling against the odds and fighting a very stronger enemy I guess that sometimes logic can be boring against the excitement of tall challenges There are five dangerous faults which may affect a general 1 Recklessness, which leads to destruction 2 cowardice, which leads to capture 3 a hasty temper, which can be provoked by insults 4 a delicacy of honor which is sensitive to shame 5 over solicitude for his men, which exposes him to worry and trouble. Easily this can be the fragment that I liked the most to read in this book, since after reading it, well, my first thought was about Captain Jean Luc Picard from Star Trek The Next Generation, since in fiction, usually almost any leading character hardly will fall to the fault 2, but many times, for the sake of excitement and showing daring scenes, some leaders are faulty to one of than one of those mentioned faults Again, the conflict between practical logic against excitement.A good example of lessons about war and leadership can be seen in the recent film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes where in a film industry willing to give as much warfare and destruction without delay for the sake of selling tickets, in this movie, you can watch to Caesar , the leader of the rising Ape community and his struggles to avoid war at all costs since he knows well how hard and costly can be the losses of any war, not matter if you resulted in the victorious one.Sadly, wars is part of the humankind, since I think that even in those so called peace times , always, in some place, in a small scale or in a bigger scale, there has been a war So, learning how to avoid a war, and if you have to do it, learning how to carry it out with the fewer loss of human lives of both sides of the conflict , always is a relevant topic. Awesome book Pretty amazing insights What I really loved is the fact that much of the insights can be used in today s fiercely competitive corporate scenarios as well Must read I bought this book at special price from here Who reads the Art of War OK, sure everybody, or anybody can, but who actually does and why If we could somehow take a survey and create a pie chart of who reads this 2500 year old Chinese manual, what would we find, who reads it Military professionals, sure executives, probably wanna be executives, almost certainly sports coaches, law enforcement officers, school teachers, teenage gamers, etc etc.The title will get attract and repel many all by itself The text, full of philosophical musings and anecdotal asides, will lose and or gain many.What will readers take from these words written so long ago One thing, unfortunately, is that human nature does not seem to change if Master Sun was a wise and great general 2500 years ago, people had been fighting long before then and enough for him to be considered a master of the subject Even a casual observer of history will notice that there have been plenty of students of war ever since.In history how many humans have been killed in war, in battle, in organized conflict Old age and cancer and heart trouble seems to account for a great many deaths, but throughout history there seems to be a virus that gets too many of our young people.One thing that can be drawn from this tome is that if war is to be fought, if it is inevitable, if a line has been crossed or a river in Italy and there is no going back, then it must be fought to win Military leaders are taught to be prepared and decisive, to act.But for me, and I think the everlasting philosophy that should be taken from this work, is that war is costly, and brutal, and ugly and should be avoided if at all possible Hawks in the congress and saber rattlers elsewhere seem to be conspicuously NOT in the military rather the WE to which they ascribe is most frequently we in the collective sense, but in every sense a we that does not see them getting dirty or bloody.What do readers other than military leaders take from this To go for the jugular To win at every cost Not if they ve actually read it Preparation and contemplation and the ability to act when necessary are all elements attributed to the Art, and certainly decisiveness when the time is right, but not savage brutality or chaos for the sake of destruction Ultimately this is about conflict, strategy and leadership themes that are relevant to than just the military.An important work that should be read 2018 addendum this is at once a great source of quotes but also a work that is likely misquoted frequently I heard a quote recently that made me wonder if the speaker had it right, misquoted, or was just making up a quote and attributing the statement to Sun Tzu for effect and that made me think of Kevin Klein s character Otto from A Fish Called Wanda. Finally finished the first book of this year Yay Took me a lot of time due to my exams and uni in generalThe supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting I wanted to read The Art of War for very long and I finally managed to get to it And I liked it I think everybody should read it because many of the ideas from the Art of War can be found in different fields, for example in businessAppear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt All warfare is based on deception In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity Danger has a bracing effect If anyone is looking for a war general I am available and well versed in war tactics due to this book Hook me up. I listened to The Art of War for a few reasons 1 It was only a hour long, 2 It was free because I am an Prime member, 3 It was narrated by Aiden Gillen, also known as Petyr Baelish, aka Littlefinger So, I jumped into it, and listened to it during a car ride The Art of War is a well versed, and short guide book to strategize, and tactically win a war There were tons of great advice, and still relatable today I would go even deeper that it doesn t entirely reflect on physical warfare, but a verbal confrontation or debate would suffice Sun Tze s philosophical meanings Even playing chess I could take his guide book, and reflect on the game It was quite an interesting book, and I found myself grinning at a few verses Other times I thought to myself what he was saying was really obvious, but again I wouldn t think about it Sometimes I don t always notice the obvious, but good thing someone points it out At the end, I don t think I would apply to be a general I wouldn t be a great general I am too impatient, and my emotions would get the better of me I would sometimes take the bait, and I don t always see the full picture You should see me play chess Lastly, my imagination formulated a great picture while listening, and it was due to the narrator By the way he did a great job Spoilers ahead for GOT if you haven t watched or read the series Since Aiden Gillen is the little sly bastard Littlefinger on the HBO series Game of Thrones, I imagined Littlefinger sitting by a fire, in a plush chair, reading The Art of War over and over again Littlefinger was soaking the information to guide him to play the game, and to win Here are a few examples of how he uses the book to his advantage Scouts are important to win the battle, which he has to watch everyone He sweetens his words to gain ground when there is weakness, and says nothing at all when the enemy is vigilant He BAITS his enemies to attack, and knows how to TRAP them Littlefinger you sly devil.It was an interesting read, and I recommend it You could learn something from it Happy reading.My blog www.dancingbetweenthecovers.com Evidently, it seems, for the last couple thousand years, EVERYONE has been using the same textbook on how to conduct a war It also seems to be that nobody even knows for sure who wrote the book or when, but everyone uses it anyway Included in this book are precious reminders that strategy helps you win, retreating helps you not die, if you outnumber the enemy 5 to 1, attacking would probably be a good idea, and also if you re a tiny country surrounded by powerful countries, it might be time to make an alliance or two If these sound like things you don t already know, but would like to know, then this book is for you However, in the off chance you re in a position to command a war against enemy forces, and you DON T study this book THOROUGHLY, you re probably going to die Horribly And all your country s women, children, and probably most of the men will be raped and slaughtered in such gruesome manner as to make those easily victorious soldiers who just did the raping and slaughtering vomit from their own gruesomeness.