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Book Summary - The Art of War by Sun Tzu

What You’ll Learn

  • The Five Fundamental Factors of any conflict
  • Examples of strategy and tactics
  • How to conserve resources in the battle
  • The implementation of perception and deception
  • The role of spies
  • How to manage an army

Who This is For

  • Military commanders or students of military tactics
  • Business management executives and entrepreneurs
  • Anyone interested in reading the most influential book there has ever been on war strategy

Key Insights

Although The Art of War was written by a Chinese general, Sun Tzu, who lived more than 2,500 years ago, it has survived the centuries and is widely used today as a classic text for military generals and business leaders alike. Its teachings apply to war, politics, economy, and business. War determines life or death; therefore its importance can’t be underestimated and the study of the best tactics to achieve victory is essential.

The Importance of War

The very existence of a country is at...

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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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