The Art of War
An Apple Books Classic edition.
It’s believed that Sun Tzu wrote this Chinese military primer during the 5th century BC-hundreds of years before the Bible. The book’s 13 chapters explore principles that statesmen around the globe have employed for centuries to defeat their enemies at war.
Sun Tzu starts by mapping out the five fundamental factors that lead to war. He then covers a wide range of topics, from avoiding conflict altogether to strategically positioning soldiers, pulling off tactical maneuvers, and putting spies to use.
Despite the technological advances made since The Art of War was published, Sun Tzu is still considered one of history’s foremost military strategists, and his methods still ring true. While he wrote the book as a manual for those who would literally wield swords, it has reached a much broader audience in this day and age. Warriors of all kinds-like corporate leaders or athletes-seek out Sun Tzu’s wisdom in their quest for success.
The workplace is a battlefield, according to author, speaker and businesswoman Chu. In her latest, she distills The Art of War, Taoist philosopher-general Sun Tzu's international bestseller on the fundamental elements of warfare and business strategy, into a primer and call-to-arms for working women. In vivid battlefield terminology, Chu covers everything from promotions and work attire to dealing with sexual harassment and male chauvinist co-workers. Lessons tend toward a "universal nuggets of wisdom" format; one of the keys Chu advances is "Know Thyself," because "how well you know the world around you is directly proportional to how well you know yourself." Other chapters cover the disposition of winning, conflict strategy, the utility of imagination, techniques for management and "fireproofing yourself." At a time when the ideal of a full, fulfilling work and home life seems more difficult than ever to achieve, Chu's primer on becoming "an effective strategist and warrior" will give doubters cause for reconsideration.
A great Philosophic book with a mean name and many life lessons
The title might be a bit mean " Art of War " I think the title Art of Competition would have been much more appropriate.
Sun Tzu actually gathered this book from what he learned by talking and debating many great Philosophers of those days in China. This book is being taught in many high ranking Universities. Business schools , Sport management , Politics and …..
Every line of this books is a life lesson if you think about the context. For instance it says When the orders of commander are not clear and strict , Commander is to weak but if they are and Solider can't put them to action, Soldiers are weak.
In todays world, if Manager's words are clear but are not put into action Employees are weak, if Commands are vague and not clear The Manager is.
If you think about the context and not just the text you gonna love this book.