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The Art of War

Sun Tzu's The Art of War is a landmark achievement in the evolution of strategic thought. So universal and timeless are its tactics for pursuing a competitive advantage that some of the most notable people in government, sports, and the entertainment world have all quoted from its nearly 2500-year-old pages.
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Sun Tzu's The Art of War is a landmark achievement in the evolution of strategic thought. So universal and timeless are its tactics for pursuing a competitive advantage that some of the most notable people in government, sports, and the entertainment world have all quoted from its nearly 2500-year-old pages. These six expertly crafted lectures explore this classic's wisdom for staying nimble in an ever-changing environment and for maximizing reward while minimizing risk remains eternally fresh. As war and business become more mental and less physical, human intellect plays an ever greater role in competition-making Sun Tzu's strategies highly relevant to the information age.

Through a precise explanation of the original text and case studies, Professor Wilson examines how the seminal work's model of leadership has been applied-and misapplied-throughout the realms of war, politics, business, and beyond. You'll study the text's historical framework and then delve into the critical calculations that must be made prior to war-what Sun Tzu refers to as knowing the enemy, knowing ourselves.

By studying real-world examples, you'll come away understanding the qualities effective commanders must possess and the work's practical implications for outmaneuvering competitors in daily life. By taking this course, you will appreciate Sun Tzu's content on a far deeper level.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this course are those of the professor and do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.

Disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase.

©2012 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2012 The Great Courses

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    Saud 12-11-13
    Saud 12-11-13

    Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.

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    "Art of War Boot Camp"

    Don't let the fact that this is the shortest one of the Great Courses discourage you from picking it up. It's worth listening to more than once, and its length encourages it.

    This is a concise, educational and interesting buy. I was familiar with the Art of War, but the Professor, who has plenty of experience in the US military and a passion for the Art of War, quickly delivers the facts with efficient, no-nonsense lectures that keep you interested.

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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 11-08-13
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 11-08-13 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "A great course"

    The art of War was written in the 6th century BCE by Chinese General Sun Tzu. It is the oldest military treatise in the world. The book covers military strategy. This is a Great Course book by Professor Andrew R. Wilson. He explains the book and adds Chinese History at the time the book was written. The book is concise and as valid today as the day it was written. They are many quotes from this book. But mainly has five essentials for victory. Then General Tzu breaks these down in the section such as nine varieties of ground which are listed with explanation of each. Interesting to see how the book can be applied to business, government as well as the military. Wilson enhances the book with his insights and helping to place the book in history. It is a course that needs to be listened to many times. Well worth the read.

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    "one of the best lecture series I've ever heard"

    I've listened to this series at least a dozen times. short, eloquent, and informational. every time i listen, i learn something new. worth every penny

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    "Great lecture. And a companion to study sun tzu"

    This is not exactly a translation of art of war by sun tzu.
    It's more of a companion for the study of sun tzu. Great context setting and amazing story telling. The authors Voice and intonation exhibits his passion for the subject and paints a memorable picture for a greater understanding of master Sun.

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    "Insightful"

    Great Lecture. Thoughtfully presented. The only improvement would be to add the entire book to listen to after the lecture.

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    PowderRiverRose 06-18-15 Member Since 2014

    Active lifestyle so audiobooks fit in with nearly everything I'm doing.

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    Highly informative and easy to listen to the speaker. I believe everyone should hear this and The Art of War.

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    "Everything but the book."

    Good lecture and presentation but the book is nowhere to be found in the course.

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    "Really enlightening analysis of a classic"

    I thought no more could be said and learnt from what is one of my favorite books.
    Instead this exclusively academic approach proves to be engaging and enlightening since the very beginning.
    The exposition is well tempo-ed and clear.
    Highly recommended!

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    Mitch 04-05-15
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    "Good intro"

    This book is a good intro to reading the text. It offers insight on what you will be reading which I appreciate. I would have liked him to "the book more often but overall I think it was a great read

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    David Tampa, FL 02-13-15
    David Tampa, FL 02-13-15 Member Since 2013

    Love listening to books.

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    "good analysis of an old favorite"

    Wilson does a good job explaining the thinking behind the Art of War. lots of examples that tie it to contemporary issues and scenarios off the battlefield. however, he can sometimes let his passion cloud his point by going more into praise of the content instead of explaining it.

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