Review: The Art of War

The Art of War

Sun Tzu

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Publisher: Serial Reader
Publication date: 450 B.C.
Date Finished: 10-Jan-2017
Format: eBook
Pages: ~82
Genres: Classics, Philosophy, Reference
ISBN: 9781590302255
Source: Serial Reader
Rating:3 star
Reading Challenges: goodreads, Back to the Classics

Synopsis

“Twenty-Five Hundred years ago, Sun Tzu wrote this classic book of military strategy based on Chinese warfare and military thought. Since that time, all levels of military have used the teaching on Sun Tzu to warfare and civilization have adapted these teachings for use in politics, business and everyday life. The Art of War is a book which should be used to gain advantage of opponents in the boardroom and battlefield alike.”

-goodreads

Review

I feel as if “The Art of War” is one of those books that everyone has heard of, yet hardly anyone has read. A while ago I noticed that this book is available through the serial reader app, and in only 5 installments, but ended up casting it aside for a longer story. About a week ago, after having neglected the Serial Reader app for most of my vacation, I decided to start up reading through again, starting with this book. This slim volume is full of various advice on war strategy. A lot of the advice, if not all, can be applied outside of a battlefield and in everyday life.

This slim volume is full of various advice on war strategy. A lot of the advice, if not all, can be applied outside of a battlefield and in everyday life. One quote that stood out to me is, “In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy’s country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy it is not so good.” I see this as meaning that you do not have to hurt another to win an argument. All one needs is a strategy to minimize potential damage.

Overall this was a very dry read, but that is to expected from something written well over two thousand years ago. It was also a very quick read that leads the reader to deeper thinking, whether they want to or not.

About the Author

Sun Tzu (孫子; pinyin: Sūnzǐ) is a honorific title bestowed upon Sūn Wu (孫武 c. 544-496 BC), the author of The Art of War (孫子兵法), an immensely influential ancient Chinese book on military strategy. Sun Tzu believed in the use of the military sciences to effect outcomes that would result in peace.

In the author’s name, Sūn Wu, the character wu, meaning “military”, is the same as the character in wu shu, or martial art. Sun Wu also has a courtesy name, Chang Qing (Cháng Qīng). -information from Goodreads

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