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The Art of War | [Sun Tzu]

The Art of War

Written before Alexander the Great was born, this Chinese treatise on war has become one of the most influential works on the subject. Read widely in the east since its appearance 2,500 years ago, The Art of War first came to the west with a French Jesuit in 1782. It has been studied by generals from Napoleon to Rommel, and it is still required reading in most military academies of the world.
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Publisher's Summary

Written before Alexander the Great was born, this Chinese treatise on war has become one of the most influential works on the subject. Read widely in the east since its appearance 2,500 years ago, The Art of War first came to the west with a French Jesuit in 1782. It has been studied by generals from Napoleon to Rommel, and it is still required reading in most military academies of the world.

Although it was meant to be a practical guide to warfare in the age of chariots, many corporate and government leaders have successfully applied its lessons to battles in the modern dog-eat-dog world. Sun Tzu covers all aspects of war in his time, from strategy and tactics to the proper use of terrain and spies. In this version, Sun Tzu's lessons are brought to life with commentaries from ancient Chinese history, which illustrate both the philosophy and the principles of his teachings.

© and (P)2002 Tantor Media, Inc. Originally published in 1910.

What the Critics Say

"Scott Brick's steady, imperative tone conveys Sun Tzu's certainty. Shelly Frasier's smooth counterpoint (her reading of illustrative commentary from several sources) balances Brick's pronouncements. Transitions between the two are flawless, and the quick march towards success is maintained." (AudioFile)

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    CW Weston, WV, United States 12-20-11
    CW Weston, WV, United States 12-20-11

    THE MAD KING

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes Has many pearls of great price


    What other book might you compare The Art of War to and why?

    The Prince


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    good information with a variety of applications to life

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Magei West Salem, WI, United States 12-20-11
    Magei West Salem, WI, United States 12-20-11 Member Since 2011

    dr. farley

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    "Not what I was expecting, but was very interesting"
    If you could sum up The Art of War in three words, what would they be?

    Creative War Strategies


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this book because I have seen it listed among good business books to read. I was expecting more business correlations. It was very different than I expected, though I was surprisingly pleased with it. A very interesting collection of war tactics...I can see why he did so well in war!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Ancaster, ON, Canada 12-07-11
    Jason Ancaster, ON, Canada 12-07-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Good for business trips"

    To actually study the Art of War, I think you need the text in front of you to mull over. But if you've got to travel a short distance for a meeting or something, this is a great couple of hours to get you pumped up.

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    Uzziah Ocala, FL, USA 02-19-06
    Uzziah Ocala, FL, USA 02-19-06
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    "YES - The Very Best"

    how could you not consider a text written over 3000 years ago, and still hold true today not a great text. (side note: the Bush, and Nixon administration would've been well surved if they'd read this book before going to war.)

    anyway, it's a good book, if your interested in what works.

    4 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    shuni STL, USA 01-22-13
    shuni STL, USA 01-22-13
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    "Irrelevant to our times."
    What disappointed you about The Art of War?

    Was monotonous and not relevant.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    No sure.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Making it relevant to our times.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Aarcher 01-22-11
    Aarcher 01-22-11 Listener Since 2008
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    "WISDOM"

    A MUST TO HAVE GREAT FOR THE ROAD.COULD NOT GET ENOUGH

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Natalia P. Valdes South San Francisco, CA USA 02-12-10
    Natalia P. Valdes South San Francisco, CA USA 02-12-10 Member Since 2015

    Natalia

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    "A mean girl's battle guide."

    This book outlines different battles and how to strategically win. If you take the situations metaphorically it is like the sneaky girl fighting handbook. I loved it. It is not a very long read ( about 2.5 hours) I suggest you pick it up next time you have an enemy to vanquish.

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    Brian Smyrna, GA, USA 11-03-05
    Brian Smyrna, GA, USA 11-03-05
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    "Good, but superficial"

    This is a good reading of the text, but provides no more than that. Little if any insight/commentary.

    2 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Greg 10-13-05
    Greg 10-13-05
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    "What is all the hype about?"

    This has to be the most overrated book in history. I may be dense, but I fail to see how hiding behind a bush when in a valley (and a 1000 similar comments) has any application to the modern world. I think that readers that claim to enjoy this book feel that they would appear uncultured if they admitted the truth. I rate this book a two because the historical commentary is somewhat interesting. The actual book is an utter waste of time.

    6 of 37 people found this review helpful
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