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Do not let this Ancient book intimidate you. The Art of War teaches many life skills that are valuable in life. It offers knowledge on how to succeed in life and how to prioritize yourself. The Art of War teaches about strategy and how to beat you competitors and on how to get ahead in life. The Art of War is an amazing book and I strongly advise you to read it.
The Art of war is one of the greatest and oldest military strategy books to this date, because of its organisational values and the ease of application amongst bigger groups of people. Here's not to say it can't be applied to an individual, as it very much relates to the whole conflict experience.
Understanding Sun Tzu on the Art of War explores the meaning of Sun Tzu's philosophies which are over two thousand years old. These philosophies are demonstrated through the use of high impact case examples in strategic cases through psychological experimentations, and the world at large through politics and conflict resolution during the War.
A person can find ease to relate to these philosophies to their own life situations if they discard the battle setting and use it to their own advantage, as the book seeks to establish the conflict already present within us, thus eventually dismantling it and finding our own inner peace.
The main purpose of the book is to enable us to understand our own conflicts, and reduce it's impacts on ourselves, and each other through 13 chapters and their tactics (Strategic Assessments, Doing Battle, Planning a Siege, Formation, Force, Emptiness and Fullness, Armed Struggle, Adaptations, Manoeuvring Armies, Terrain, Nine Grounds, Fire Attack and On the use of spies) which gives one the will of confrontation when dealing with such forces.
What can a book, that was written 2500 years ago, about armies and chariots, possibly offer me? And what is all this Eastern philosophy rubbish? The Art of War is a classic book of military philosophy. The Art of War was written in around about 500 B.C. at the end of the spring autumn period. Despite its ancient origins it is surprisingly relevant today. Sun Tzu wrote the book in order to instruct the ancient rulers of China in the methods of warfare. The book covers all aspects of warfare from spying to terrain, from organisation to tactics. The book is a clear exposition of Taoist philosophy. The guiding text of Taoism is the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tsu. Taoist philosophy is notoriously vague and it quite simply evades definition. It is a guide to how you should lead your life. It constantly contrasts situations and actions. For example: If you are angry then you should remain calm. The Taoist philosophy is best described by water. If you are like water you may be moved or you maybe attacked but you cannot be damaged are you are in harmony with nature. Taoist philosophy demands inaction and avoidance of confrontation wherever possible. It is basically a philosophy for the lazy. Sun Tzu incorporates this philosophy in a subtle way. Where the enemy is vulnerable, retreat, when you are weak attack. Sun Tzu is not simply being dense. His philosophy of war demands that his army is mobile and that it can react to any threat. He emphasizes surprise over strength and subtlety over power. So what can The Art of War teach us today? Although the face of war has changed dramatically over the last 2500 years many of the military doctrines expounded in the book are still extremely relevant. Sun Tzu emphasizes that you must know your enemy. The current importance that modern armies attach to intelligence gathering is testament to the importance of this doctrine. Surprise and mobility are the cornerstones of today&
#8217;s professional armies. Political intervention in wars was to be avoided. You only have to look at some of the mistakes that Hitler made during the war to understand the importance of this. Sun Tzu also emphasizes the important role that organisation plays in any army. A business manager would do well to read Sun Tzu's exposition on organisation. If you do not know oneself then the enemy must surely triumph. The book also deals with the role of spies in conflict. Sun Tzu offers not only offers an extensive classification of different types of spies he also offer methods for recruiting them. If a public servant is disgruntled in an enemy state then a bribe should be offered. You could imagine that his methods could be adapted for use in the CIA, MI6 or Mossad. The Art of War offers striking and profound observations on not only war itself but also how you can approach any situation in which you confront an enemy. These strict military doctrines are couched in the language and contrasts of Taoist philosophy. Perhaps the ultimate juxtaposition is the way the book manages to weave the terminology of war into such a poetic book. Read this book if you have an interest in military or indeed political philosophy and history or if you have an interest in Eastern philosophy. Try and find a copy with an introduction as some of the book is rather complex and an introduction would provide a context in which to view the book. See also The Book of Lord Shang The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tsu
Treatise on war written in the 5th century BC. Published by Hodder and Stoughton