The Art of War is a Chinese military treatise that was written during the 6th century BC by Sun Tzu. Composed of 13 chapters, each of which is devoted to one aspect of warfare, it has long been praised as the definitive work on military strategies and tactics of its time.
The Art of War is one of the oldest books on military strategy in the world. It is the first and one of the most successful works on strategy and has had a huge influence on Eastern and Western military thinking, business tactics, and beyond. Sun Tzu was the first to recognize the importance of positioning in strategy and that position is affected both by objective conditions in the physical environment and the subjective opinions of competitive actors in that environment. He taught that strategy was not planning in the sense of working through a to-do list, but rather that it requires quick and appropriate responses to changing conditions. Planning works in a controlled environment, but in a competitive environment.
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Sun Tzu’s The Art of War is both a philosophical treatise and an incisive military manual. Jim Roberts’ no-nonsense narration makes for a quick and easily digestible way to experience the book’s shrewd understanding of human behavior. Based on Lionel Giles’ 1910 translation—preferred for its faithfulness and clarity—this unabridged version is the best way to experience the book in English. And don’t be put off by the militaristic title: Sun Tzu’s 13 lessons on topics like planning, creativity, and identifying strengths and weaknesses in yourself and others have relevance for our everyday lives, both at work and at home.