The Art of War by Sun Tzu

The Art of War is a Chinese military treatise written during the sixth  century BC by Sun Tzu. The thirteen chapters, each devoted to one aspect of warfare, have been praised as the definitive work on military strategies and tactics. The knowledge and philosophies are often used for educational, business and personal development.

“The basic tenet of The Art of War is that; to be victorious or successful one must have an intimate knowledge of oneself and enemies. Though some of the ancient aphorisms may mystify the modern reader, one advantage of the book is that it is only about fifty pages long. In those fifty or so leaves however, it offers a unique view of life that surpasses its original military intentions, generally compelling us to muster courage, build our strength, exercise good judgement based on sound knowledge, and constantly monitor our progress or lack thereof. The most important teaching of the ancient text is probably best summed up in the line “Being victorious a hundred times in a hundred battles is not the most excellent approach. Causing the enemy to submit without battle is the most excellent approach.” In other words, we have mastered the Art of War when we have learned to accomplish our goals without fighting or causing one.” Read more.

Listen to the Giles translation (as read by Moira Fogarty) at The Internet Archive, read and study online or download the book.

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