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ISBN: 0195014766

ISBN13: 9780195014761

The Art of War

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Like Machiavelli's The Prince and the Japanese Book of Five Rings, Sun Tzu's The Art of War is as timely for business people today as it was for military strategists in ancient China. Written in China more than 2,000 years ago, Sun Tzu's classic The Art of War is the first known study of the planning and conduct of military operations. These terse, aphoristic essays are unsurpassed in comprehensiveness and depth of understanding, examining not only...

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6 ratings

Hard Cover/Solid Tactics

This is a master piece. Strategies for the common foot soldier to become the miraculous next day General. Or. . . you know, stick to shooters or RPGs. . .

Classic on the priciples of war

This ancient classic of 13 chapters was written over 2,500 years ago by the legendary Chinese general Sun Tzu. It is a must have for military buffs that enjoy reading about the tactics of the most succesful generals. It is rumored that Napoleon used a French translation of the Art of War to his advantage while conquering most of Europe, and he lost when he broke its principles. The principles that are with in this ancient text can also be used in games of strategy, business conflicts, and the day to day battles of life. Here are ten principles to give you a sample of the wisdom found in its pages: Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance with out fighting. If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. Spies are the most important element in war, because upon them depends an army's ability to move. All warfare is based on deception. The general who wins a battle makes many calculations before the battle is fought. There is no instance of a country having benefited from a prolonged war. The clever combatant looks to the effect of combined energy, and does not require too much from individuals. In war, the way is to avoid what is strong and to strike at what is weak. When you surround an army, leave an outlet free. (So they can retreat). Move not unless you see an advantage; use not your troops unless there is something to be gained, fight not unless the position is critical. Taken as a whole this is a book of wisdom and principles on how to win. I rank it in my top ten books I have ever read. It is a must have for any home library. The is a very small book that is quick and easy to read.

Everyone should know about Sun Tzu...

I take a star off because, frankly, alot of the geography/history is a bit too arcane for the Western reader. But it's a great book nonetheless.

The most awesome book on tactics and strategy in one book!!!

My jaw dropped when i first read this book, i never new something this detailed on war existed! A must read for war gamers, these strategies can be used for a variety of games out there. Nicely done format, awesome commentries....words cannot explain....
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