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The Art of War

by Sun Tzu


Considered the essential reference text on military strategy and warfare, The Art of War has been a source of inspiration for military generals, business professionals and multidisciplinary strategists. Five factors govern the art of war: The Moral Code, Heaven, Earth, The Commander and Method & Discipline. A leader who knows these will be successful and one who does not will be doomed to defeat. All warfare is built on a premise of deception: appear weak when strong and strong when weak. The supreme art of war is to dismantle the opponent without fighting at all.

About the author

Born Sun Wu in China in 544 BC, Tzu was a general and military strategist controversially touted as being the author of The Art of War. For Tzu, victory and defeat are psychological states and his strategies focused on dismantling enemies through psychological warfare with Taoist principles. His teachings gained notoriety in the Western world in the 20th century as accurate translations became available.

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The Art of War