Book review: ART OF WAR

July 04, 2018

A jewel from history                                          ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” 

Genre-    Strategy Guide
Author-  Thomas Cleary, Lionel Giles(First English translation)
Pages-     180
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Sun Tzu was a Chinese general, military strategist, lived during the Eastern Zhou period. Born in 544 BC. The literal meaning of his name is Master Sun. Han Dynasty historians placed him as minister to king Helu. His work "Art of War" is praised throughout east basin warfare since its composition. This book grew popularity in western culture as well, here people discovered its teaching in other spheres of the profession.

Art of War is Jewel from history. Written by Chinese general Sun Tzu in 6th century BC. A famous translation is from Chow Hou Wee(2004).
The book devotes itself to advice on military success but the usage has reached business and politics as well. Comprising of thirteen chapters on a different aspect of war, the reader may find himself related to his professional front. The tone is authoritative and straightforward.

The philosophy described here can help people to analyze themselves, enemies, and surroundings to predict the outcomes. How to act in oppressive and submissive situations. Art of War discusses the detailed assessment of environment & planning, war operations, the strategy of attack, deployment of the army, use of creativity, timing and momentum of the army, analysis of strengths and weakness, how to act in variations and adaptability. The idea of nine battlegrounds impressed me, describing nine common situations or stages in the campaign. In the end, it gives a supreme note to the intelligence network and espionage, focussing on the importance of good information sources & specifies five types of intelligence sources and how to manage each of them.
It will be an injustice to underestimate its scope to mere warfare strategy. We are well aware that every technological advancement or business model originates from the military.

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1 comment:

  1. An excellent bit of writing which can certainly de rail the competition if applied to business.


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