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This Chinese treatise on war was written by Sun Tzu in the 6th century B.C. Each one of the 13 chapters is devoted to a different aspect of warfare, making it the definitive work on military strategies and tactics of its time. Studied by generals from Napoleon to Rommel, it is still one of the most influential works on the subject and is required reading in most military academies around the world. Although it was meant to be a practical guide to warfare in the age of chariots, this seminal work on the philosophy of successful leadership is as applicable to contemporary business as it is to war, and has become increasingly popular among today's corporate and political leaders.

Public Domain (P)2012 Gildan Media, LLC

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A book that's better read.

The narrator is monotonous and reads slowly. I couldn't suffer thru even 5 minutes. I think I'd rather buy the book and read it for myself. It sounds like something I could finish in less than an hour.

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The Artist of War!!! Sun Su

Best insight and knowledgeable forthcoming to apply practice abide by live up to honor support

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Is enough one person for a victorius war

If you could sum up The Art of War in three words, what would they be?

Many criticize generals and warriors as brave genius etc what we often forget is the value of their officers Any general knows what Sun Tzu says the main factor is how he performs in time and terrain under the pressure of the opponent for this the main advantage he must have is capable men besides him. I don't know if I am unfair but this doctrine is very good for the way the orientals used to fight and simple good if we compare it with the writings of Xenophon or the genius of Hannibal also we must not forget that in west a general is a politician also and not just a subject of the imperator many times in west the war was covered politics to win battles doesn't mean winning a war.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Art of War?

the last chapter

What does Don Hagen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

double thinking- I had time to understand better listening and reading same time

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

no I was calm

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  • Robert
  • FREDERICKSBURG, VA, United States
  • 09-17-12

A necessity for leaders and managers

What made the experience of listening to The Art of War the most enjoyable?

This book may have been on a required reading list while I served in the military, but as a manager today, it became important to read and gain insight into taking the high ground as it pertains to war or business.

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

No Easy Day - Mark Owen
Battle on the Homefront - Carl Higbie

Which scene was your favorite?

“When one treats people with benevolence, justice, and righteousness, and reposes confidence in them, the army will be united in mind and all will be happy to serve their leaders'.” Do not ask of your employees what you would not do yourself, but empower them to be challenged and someday become great leaders themselves.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

Planning = performance

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timeless collection of masterful information

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Epic book

This book explains perfectly the tactics required to know one's enemy and as long as it is veiwed from the perspective of survival in the face of opposition by person's who are of sound mind and who have leader type personalities who want to protect their loved ones there is no substitute. WARNING: Mature and moral listeners will recieve the most benefit provided by this publication due to the information contained inside this piece of literature due to the contents of this publication.

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