ISBN 9780140455526,The Art of War

The Art of War


Sun Tzu


Penguin Books



Penguin Books

Publication Year 2008

ISBN 9780140455526

ISBN-10 0140455523


Number of Pages 112 Pages
Language (English)

Asian / Middle Eastern history: First World War||

Sun Tzu's ancient treatise on war is considered to be one of the most influential works on the subject of war ever written. Attributed to a general of the King of Wu around 600 BCE, the book lays down his principles on war. The ideals of Chinese warfare are very dissimilar to western ideas of war, especially in that it does not encourage unnecessary killing. Sun Tzu's book focuses on capturing more territory and winning through deceit and conniving, rather than sheer military prowess. Sun Tzu's character is emboldened by the legends of his treatment of his soldiers. He followed his own edicts to the last, and it is said that when he was once tested to train a group of the king's concubines, he executed those who failed to obey his orders. He believed that a general alone controls the fates of his soldiers and not the sovereign. Impressed with Sun Tzu's character and the king handed over the control of the army to him, and he led the king's forces to several conquests. This book contains the vast body of teachings attributed to Sun Tzu. It speaks about how to maneuver difficult terrains, how to manage an army's resources and how to deceive one's enemy. It has become a timeless classic on the craft of war. Modern interpretations showcase how to use these teachings in a managerial setting, to win battles in the business room with the same confidence and calculative mind that Sun Tzu passed on to his students.

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