THE ART OF WAR by Sun Tzu. Fall River Press (www.sterlingpublishing.com), 2014, 272 pp., $9.98. ISBN 978-1-4351-6142-9. Click here to purchase.
THE ART OF WAR, this illustrated edition, remains timely and captivating.
ART has a lot of old – I mean, OLD – paintings. But the great military scholar and writer, Sun Tzu Wu, native of the Ch’I State, and the tales that are told (embellished and noted with additional elements) by the 10 Commentators, are remarkable. Sun Tzu’s 13 chapters are “not only the staple and base of all military men’s training, but also compel the most careful attention of scholars and men of letters. His sayings are terse yet elegant, simple yet profound, perspicuous and eminently practical,” according to Cheng Hou in “Impartial Judgments in the Garden of Literature” from the Introduction.
This book is read widely by military leaders.
Tzu was born in 544 BCE, 544 years before the so-called age of civilization, which tell you these beliefs go way, way back into almost the archetypical history of the human race. THE ART OF WAR is a profound work, no matter how you look at it.
I don’t know exactly how Tzu’s principles can be applied to business or anything else. I suppose it can, if you know your competition. Or your competition’s weaknesses.