The Art of War

The Art of War

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Preserved in China for more than 2,000 years before it was brought to the West by the French, this compact little book is widely regarded as the oldest military treatise in the world. Rumored to have been used by Napoleon in his campaigns to conquer Europe, it today retains much of its original merit. American officers read it closely during World War II. The Japanese army studied the work for decades, and many 20th-century Chinese officers are said to have known the book by heart. More recently, it has also been viewed as a valuable guide to competing successfully in business. Stressing the importance of attacking your enemy when he is unprepared and scheming to discover his plans, the author advises avoiding the strong and striking at the weak, and using spies for every kind of business. Principles of strategy, tactics, maneuvering, and communications, the treatment of soldiers, the importance of strong troops and well-trained officers, and the administration of rewards and punishments all have a modern ring to them. A valuable guide to the conduct of war, this classic of military strategy is indispensable to military personnel, history enthusiasts, and anyone intrigued by competition and rivalry.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 136 x 214 x 8mm | 140.61g
  • Dover Publications Inc.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0486425576
  • 9780486425573
  • 16,393

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The art of war accompanies the reader into the mind of one of the greatest strategist and military minds the world has ever seen. Sun Tzu's strategies have been adopted by armies, businesses and people around the world. Strategies laid out in the extraordinary book gives the user a competitive edge in everyday decision making and planning. These strategies are laid out in stories of battles and tasks in ancient China. The reader must adapt the strategies to modern day situations to make critical decisions with large impacts. This is must read for anyone who wants that competitive edge in life.show more
by Rainer Kretschmann
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