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Competitive Success! Win at anything using the ancient secrets of history's greatest book on competition. Sun Tzu's lessons are timeless, as powerful in a modern boardroom as they have been on the battlefield. Sun Tzu teaches you not only how to win, but how to win easily! Two Books in One! This translation includes both a translation in English sentences and a character-b Competitive Success! Win at anything using the ancient secrets of history's greatest book on competition. Sun Tzu's lessons are timeless, as powerful in a modern boardroom as they have been on the battlefield. Sun Tzu teaches you not only how to win, but how to win easily! Two Books in One! This translation includes both a translation in English sentences and a character-by-character translation from the original Chinese characters as Sun Tzu wrote it. By reading the two versions side-by-side, you gain a much richer insight into the wisdom of Sun Tzu and his approach to winning. The Path to Success. Whether you are new graduate looking for a job or a business owner building a company, "The Art of War" will give you greater insight into achieving success in a competitive world. For over 2,500 years, winners have profited from the ideas of Sun Tzu on how to avoid defeat and embrace victory. Buy it today and study it forever!

30 review for The Art of War: In Sun Tzu's Own Words

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Hey! Look at me stepping outside my comfort zone! I saw this audiobook in the library, and I thought it looked interesting. Hell, I've got 4 kids. This could come in handy. Next year I'll have not one, but two teenage boys. I need to prepare myself to defend my babies home from the invading whores hoards. I figured this book would help me gird my loins (or whatever it is you do) when you head into battle. Back off, Skanks! You're not getting past the front door! Still, even teenage boys pale in compa Hey! Look at me stepping outside my comfort zone! I saw this audiobook in the library, and I thought it looked interesting. Hell, I've got 4 kids. This could come in handy. Next year I'll have not one, but two teenage boys. I need to prepare myself to defend my babies home from the invading whores hoards. I figured this book would help me gird my loins (or whatever it is you do) when you head into battle. Back off, Skanks! You're not getting past the front door! Still, even teenage boys pale in comparison to the sheer terror that comes with sharing a home with pre-pubescent girls... Retreat! Retreat! We've misjudged the enemy's abilities! I can definitely use the help of a master strategist. Although, in retrospect, I actually have one of those living with me. She's 10, and she's been fully in charge of my home since she clawed her way out of my womb. My husband says I was hallucinating (bless whoever came up with drugs in the delivery room!), but I swear I saw her gnaw off her own umbilical cord. She's ruthless, clever, and has the smile of an angel. Lucifer was an angel, too... Anyway, I could have skipped this and simply begged for the honor to sit at her feet and learn. Teach me your ways, Mighty Warrior! But the cover said this was only a 4 1/2 hour book. What? She probably wouldn't have shared her secrets anyway... Confession time: I did not make it all the way through the audiobook. I did, however, make it all the way through The Art of War. That part of it was short. I don't know what the actual length of time was, but I listened to it while I was making dinner, and then took it with me on a short jaunt to Wal-mart. Boom! Done! Thank you, Sun Tzu! The rest of this particular audio is supposedly speculation about Sun Tzu's life, and a history lesson on the politics of the time he lived in. Wah, wah, wah, wah, wah... All the names bled together in my head, and the words just sort of sloshed around inside my brain till I finally gave up on it. I'm not saying it was badly done or boring, but my tiny dinosaur brain isn't built to process books without pictures. So listening to someone with a smooth jazzy voice read from a history book is just like asking for some sort of an internal meltdown to happen up there. So. The Art of War. I actually don't feel like Mr. Tzu had much to say that would help me out. I mean, a there were a few things translated into real life... Be consistent in rewards and punishments. Duh. Employ spies. Double duh. I've got every one of my kids on the payroll, and they each think they're the only mole I've got. Suckers! Make sure the enemy is tired before attacking. Hello? Why do you think I'm out at the pool all day long with them? It's not like I enjoy basking in the glow of my cellulite, all while gaining a few more liver spots. If Sun Tzu had mentioned dosing the enemy with Benadryl before long trips, I would have been more impressed. A lot of it, however, was about how to fight on different types of terrain. Swampy, mountainous, flat, etc.. That's no help to me, buddy! I need some sort of inside scoop that's going to give me an edge over the full blown she-devil I live with, the smaller demon-in-training (currently under the tutelage of the aforementioned she-devil), and the two walking hormones that used to be my little boys! I can't hold 'em off much longer! I'm going down! Going dow.... *pants frantically* Anyhoo, I'm glad I read listened to it. It's one of those books you need to study...not read, though. So, I'm pretty sure I missed the vast majority of wisdom by doing it this way. But so what? I can say I've read it! I feel like a badass now, and that's all that's important. Pbbbt!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lily C

    I definitely never thought i'd want to read a book about Chinese military strategy written in 5th century BC .... yet here we are. This one turned out to be so interesting.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Petra X

    Simply put, Sun Tzu says that it is better not to fight than to be involved in a conflict, but if you are going to have to fight, then you have to do it to win, and these are the various strategies, often brutal, that will get you that result. Niccolò Machiavelli, in The Prince says if you are in a position of power and seek to maintain it, it is better to be loved and respected, but if you can't achieve that, then at least enforce respect and these are the, often brutal, strategies that will get Simply put, Sun Tzu says that it is better not to fight than to be involved in a conflict, but if you are going to have to fight, then you have to do it to win, and these are the various strategies, often brutal, that will get you that result. Niccolò Machiavelli, in The Prince says if you are in a position of power and seek to maintain it, it is better to be loved and respected, but if you can't achieve that, then at least enforce respect and these are the, often brutal, strategies that will get that result. I say, if you are going to be a politician in the generally-winning party and you don't like reading much, The Prince is for you. Very sly. If however you see yourself in opposition, arguing your point, try Sun Tzu first. For the rest of us the books are short and make interesting historical and somewhat philosophical reading but they aren't going to change your life other than giving you a leg up on the intellectual book ladder, always a plus for the pseuds! (view spoiler)[Who, me? Yah think... (hide spoiler)]

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bill Paxton

    Awesome book... Pretty amazing insights. What I really loved is the fact that much of the insights can be used in today's fiercely competitive corporate scenarios as well. Must read! I bought this book at special price from here: https://www.amazon.com/Art-War-Sun-Tz...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alejandro

    The wise warrior avoids the battle. I can't think in a better quote to begin this review. Sometimes, reading books about war tactics or novels of the genre of war, is confused with glorify wars, destruction, death and all sad things that are results of a war. But, at least, in my case (I can't speak for others) it's not that. I don't glorify war. One of my favorite historical subjects is World War II, but it's not because an insane instinct of glorify war. I just support the concept that any per The wise warrior avoids the battle. I can't think in a better quote to begin this review. Sometimes, reading books about war tactics or novels of the genre of war, is confused with glorify wars, destruction, death and all sad things that are results of a war. But, at least, in my case (I can't speak for others) it's not that. I don't glorify war. One of my favorite historical subjects is World War II, but it's not because an insane instinct of glorify war. I just support the concept that any person who forget the past or don't doing anything to learn about the past, he/she will be cursed to repeat history. The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. In the case of this particular book, The Art of War, besides the obvious reading by people in military careers, it's a recommended lecture to people in areas such as business, in special for management, and certainly you can apply many of the lessons of the book to almost any field of interaction with others where a "victory" is involved. All warfare is based on deception. Without deception, the WWII couldn't be won, since while the real invading forces of D-Day were arriving to Normandy's beaches, the core of Nazi's forces were in other place falling to false messages and even a false settlement with even fake tanks that in pictures taken from the air looked like the real deal. There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare. Hard lessons about this can be learn from the conflict in Vietnam, just to name the quickest example that came to my mind. So in war, the way is to avoid what is strong, and strike at what is weak. Giving a rest to the horrors of real wars, this lesson is an interesting explanation of why adventure stories are always so captivating. Since, you never saw a "hero" facing a weak opponent. In real life is quite wise and logical to do it, but in fictional literature? Oh, you always read about the underdog battling against the odds and fighting a very stronger enemy. I guess that sometimes logic can be boring against the excitement of tall challenges. There are five dangerous faults which may affect a general: (1) Recklessness, which leads to destruction; (2) cowardice, which leads to capture; (3) a hasty temper, which can be provoked by insults; (4) a delicacy of honor which is sensitive to shame; (5) over-solicitude for his men, which exposes him to worry and trouble. Easily this can be the fragment that I liked the most to read in this book, since after reading it, well, my first thought was about Captain Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation, since in fiction, usually almost any leading character hardly will fall to the fault #2, but many times, for the sake of excitement and showing daring scenes, some leaders are faulty to one of more than one of those mentioned faults. Again, the conflict between practical logic against excitement. A good example of lessons about war and leadership can be seen in the recent film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes where in a film industry willing to give as much warfare and destruction without delay for the sake of selling tickets, in this movie, you can watch to "Caesar", the leader of the rising Ape community and his struggles to avoid war at all costs since he knows well how hard and costly can be the losses of any war, not matter if you resulted in the "victorious" one. Sadly, wars is part of the humankind, since I think that even in those so-called "peace times", always, in some place, in a small scale or in a bigger scale, there has been a war. So, learning how to avoid a war, and if you have to do it, learning how to carry it out with the fewer loss of human lives (of both sides of the conflict), always is a relevant topic.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alex Farrand

    I listened to The Art of War for a few reasons; 1) It was only a hour long, 2) It was free because I am an Amazon Prime member, 3) It was narrated by Aiden Gillen, also known as Petyr Baelish, aka Littlefinger. So, I jumped into it, and listened to it during a car ride. The Art of War is a well versed, and short guide book to strategize, and tactically win a war. There were tons of great advice, and still relatable today. I would go even deeper that it doesn't entirely reflect on physical warfare I listened to The Art of War for a few reasons; 1) It was only a hour long, 2) It was free because I am an Amazon Prime member, 3) It was narrated by Aiden Gillen, also known as Petyr Baelish, aka Littlefinger. So, I jumped into it, and listened to it during a car ride. The Art of War is a well versed, and short guide book to strategize, and tactically win a war. There were tons of great advice, and still relatable today. I would go even deeper that it doesn't entirely reflect on physical warfare, but a verbal confrontation or debate would suffice Sun Tze's philosophical meanings. Even playing chess I could take his guide book, and reflect on the game. It was quite an interesting book, and I found myself grinning at a few verses. Other times I thought to myself what he was saying was really obvious, but again I wouldn't think about it. Sometimes I don't always notice the obvious, but good thing someone points it out. At the end, I don't think I would apply to be a general. I wouldn't be a great general. I am too impatient, and my emotions would get the better of me. I would sometimes take the bait, and I don't always see the full picture. You should see me play chess. Lastly, my imagination formulated a great picture while listening, and it was due to the narrator. By the way he did a great job. Spoilers ahead for GOT if you haven't watched or read the series. Since Aiden Gillen is the little sly bastard Littlefinger on the HBO series Game of Thrones, I imagined Littlefinger sitting by a fire, in a plush chair, reading The Art of War over and over again. Littlefinger was soaking the information to guide him to play the game, and to win. Here are a few examples of how he uses the book to his advantage: Scouts are important to win the battle, which he has to watch everyone. He sweetens his words to gain ground when there is weakness, and says nothing at all when the enemy is vigilant. He BAITS his enemies to attack, and knows how to TRAP them. Littlefinger you sly devil. It was an interesting read, and I recommend it. You could learn something from it. Happy reading. My blog: www.dancingbetweenthecovers.com

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dannii Elle

    If anyone is looking for a war general I am available and well versed in war tactics due to this book. Hook me up.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lyn

    Who reads the Art of War? OK, sure everybody, or anybody can, but who actually does and why? If we could somehow take a survey and create a pie chart of who reads this 2500 year old Chinese manual, what would we find, who reads it? Military professionals, sure; executives, probably – wanna be executives, almost certainly; sports coaches, law enforcement officers, school teachers, teenage gamers, etc etc. The title will get attract and repel many all by itself. The text, full of philosophical musings Who reads the Art of War? OK, sure everybody, or anybody can, but who actually does and why? If we could somehow take a survey and create a pie chart of who reads this 2500 year old Chinese manual, what would we find, who reads it? Military professionals, sure; executives, probably – wanna be executives, almost certainly; sports coaches, law enforcement officers, school teachers, teenage gamers, etc etc. The title will get attract and repel many all by itself. The text, full of philosophical musings and anecdotal asides, will lose and / or gain many more. What will readers take from these words written so long ago? One thing, unfortunately, is that human nature does not seem to change – if Master Sun was a wise and great general 2500 years ago, people had been fighting long before then and enough for him to be considered a master of the subject. Even a casual observer of history will notice that there have been plenty of students of war ever since. In history – how many humans have been killed in war, in battle, in organized conflict? Old age and cancer and heart trouble seems to account for a great many deaths, but throughout history there seems to be a virus that gets too many of our young people. One thing that can be drawn from this tome is that if war is to be fought, if it is inevitable, if a line has been crossed (or a river in Italy) and there is no going back, then it must be fought to win. Military leaders are taught to be prepared and decisive, to act. But for me, and I think the everlasting philosophy that should be taken from this work, is that war is costly, and brutal, and ugly and should be avoided if at all possible. Hawks in the congress and saber rattlers elsewhere seem to be conspicuously NOT in the military; rather the WE to which they ascribe is most frequently “we” in the collective sense, but in every sense a “we” that does not see them getting dirty or bloody. What do readers other than military leaders take from this? To go for the jugular? To win at every cost? Not if they’ve actually read it. Preparation and contemplation and the ability to act when necessary are all elements attributed to the Art, and certainly decisiveness when the time is right, but not savage brutality or chaos for the sake of destruction. Ultimately this is about conflict, strategy and leadership – themes that are relevant to more than just the military. An important work that should be read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sporkurai

    Evidently, it seems, for the last couple thousand years, EVERYONE has been using the same textbook on how to conduct a war. It also seems to be that nobody even knows for sure who wrote the book or when, but everyone uses it anyway. Included in this book are precious reminders that strategy helps you win, retreating helps you not die, if you outnumber the enemy 5 to 1, attacking would probably be a good idea, and also if you're a tiny country surrounded by powerful countries, it might be time to Evidently, it seems, for the last couple thousand years, EVERYONE has been using the same textbook on how to conduct a war. It also seems to be that nobody even knows for sure who wrote the book or when, but everyone uses it anyway. Included in this book are precious reminders that strategy helps you win, retreating helps you not die, if you outnumber the enemy 5 to 1, attacking would probably be a good idea, and also if you're a tiny country surrounded by powerful countries, it might be time to make an alliance or two. If these sound like things you don't already know, but would like to know, then this book is for you. However, in the off-chance you're in a position to command a war against enemy forces, and you DON'T study this book THOROUGHLY, you're probably going to die. Horribly. And all your country's women, children, and probably most of the men will be raped and slaughtered in such gruesome manner as to make those easily victorious soldiers who just did the raping and slaughtering vomit from their own gruesomeness.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tom Marotta

    So many little wars must be waged daily. Works on the battlefield and the office. CLASSICS: "When the enemy is relaxed, make them toil. When full, starve them. When settled, make them move." "In conflict, straightforward actions generally lead to engagement, surprising actions generally lead to victory." "Thus those skilled in war subdue the enemy's army without battle .... They conquer by strategy." "Know the enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles you will never be in peril. When you are igno So many little wars must be waged daily. Works on the battlefield and the office. CLASSICS: "When the enemy is relaxed, make them toil. When full, starve them. When settled, make them move." "In conflict, straightforward actions generally lead to engagement, surprising actions generally lead to victory." "Thus those skilled in war subdue the enemy's army without battle .... They conquer by strategy." "Know the enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles you will never be in peril. When you are ignorant of the enemy, but know yourself, your chances of winning or losing are equal. If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain in every battle to be in peril." "In war, numbers alone confer no advantage." "To ... not prepare is the greatest of crimes; to be prepared beforehand for any contingency is the greatest of virtues." "What is of the greatest importance in war is extraordinary speed: One cannot afford to neglect opportunity."

  11. 5 out of 5

    Brina

    Sun Tzu's The Art of War is said to be the oldest military treatise in the world. Written centuries before the height of the Chinese empire before the common era, this slim volume did not make its way to the west until 1890, when French colonists brought a copy back to Paris. Regarded as classic by many, I decided to read the treatise for myself. Selecting an edition translated by Lionel Giles, the version I read was a mere 98 pages in length and at times underwhelming. The first forty pages of t Sun Tzu's The Art of War is said to be the oldest military treatise in the world. Written centuries before the height of the Chinese empire before the common era, this slim volume did not make its way to the west until 1890, when French colonists brought a copy back to Paris. Regarded as classic by many, I decided to read the treatise for myself. Selecting an edition translated by Lionel Giles, the version I read was a mere 98 pages in length and at times underwhelming. The first forty pages of the volume I selected was a whirlwind of a rundown of over two thousand years of Chinese history. Not much quantity was given to any particular dynasty or time period, and it seemed as though this introduction was written for a high school text book. It was difficult to keep dates and names straight, and the only significant item that stood out was the construction of the Great Wall and its subsequent expansion. The only saving grace of this introduction was a timeline that contrasted eras of history with Chinese dynasties and their contributions to both Chinese and world history. While I found out that the origins of foot binding occurred nearly one thousand years ago, this historical footnote did little to benefit the actual text and its place in literary history. Perhaps the edition I read is dated. Currently many western schools teach Chinese to children as young as six so by the time that they are adults, these children turned adults are fluent in Mandarin. Likewise, as China has opened to the west, educated Chinese have knowledge in English. Unfortunately, I was at the liberty of what was available at my library system, and a modern, more fluid translation was not available to me. While it is apparent that Giles has knowledge of Chinese, at times it was hard to follow whether the words were Giles' insights or Sun Tzu's words. Including numerous examples of modern warfare to augment the text, Giles does not give justice to Sun Tzu's original intent. While these examples lend credence to how the Chinese military treatise has been implemented over the years, I was more interested in the original text than the interpretations of it. Tzu's actual text is limited due to the translation. It does offer advice to militaries as to how to implement battle plans. These include the knowledge of terrain, the season in which to invade, and knowledge of one's enemy and how to overcome one's deficiencies. Giles takes liberties in discussing why certain chapters are included where they are, and I give him credit for taking the time to discuss the Chinese tradition of honor and killing oneself if a soldier committed an error of warfare. I found this especially intriguing in terms of spying and what an honorable Chinese soldier would do when either caught by his enemy or when having failed to deliver information to his superior. As one who enjoys reading about and watching films about modern espionage, I thought it was fascinating that the Chinese had developed rules in regards to spies over two thousand years ago. The Art of War has been utilized by armies for over two centuries. The fact that it has endured is a testament to Chinese culture and traditions that have remained unspoiled over the millennia. I feel as though I would have enjoyed the treatise more if I had read a more modern version where the translation was seamless and did not indulge on the liberties of the translator. As a result I found myself reading more of the translator's interpretations and addendums than the actual text. I would be interested in reading an unspoiled edition of this classic as it remains relevant in warfare today. 3 stars, downgraded for translation

  12. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

    While Sun Tzu is constantly praised for his work on The Art of War, I find it hard to believe that it has inspired anyone. This famous military strategy book has provided people such as Napoleon and the cast of 'Survivor: China' advice on handling the opposing force. However, despite the simple (yet adequate) translation that Lionel Giles provided, The Art of War does nothing more than to reiterate common sense. Sun Tzu asks the audience to not show off their strong points, but to lead the enemy While Sun Tzu is constantly praised for his work on The Art of War, I find it hard to believe that it has inspired anyone. This famous military strategy book has provided people such as Napoleon and the cast of 'Survivor: China' advice on handling the opposing force. However, despite the simple (yet adequate) translation that Lionel Giles provided, The Art of War does nothing more than to reiterate common sense. Sun Tzu asks the audience to not show off their strong points, but to lead the enemy to think that they are at a weak state. Does the average right-headed general not know this? In addition to that, Sun Tzu starts off by glorifying his tactics and dares any ignorant generals to oppose him. He says that he can predict a battle's outcome based on that alone. It almost seems as if he is basking in his own arrogance. The Art of War may have once been an excellent strategy book, but it's also out-of-date in many ways. Only read this if you're interested in Imperial Chinese military.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Sūnzǐ Bīngfǎ= The Art of War, Sun Tzu The Art of War is an ancient Chinese military treatise dating from the Spring and Autumn Period (roughly 771 to 476 BC). The work, which is attributed to the ancient Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu ("Master Sun", also spelled Sunzi), is composed of 13 chapters. Each one is devoted to a distinct aspect of warfare and how that applies to military strategy and tactics. For almost 1,500 years it was the lead text in an anthology that would be formalised as th Sūnzǐ Bīngfǎ= The Art of War, Sun Tzu The Art of War is an ancient Chinese military treatise dating from the Spring and Autumn Period (roughly 771 to 476 BC). The work, which is attributed to the ancient Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu ("Master Sun", also spelled Sunzi), is composed of 13 chapters. Each one is devoted to a distinct aspect of warfare and how that applies to military strategy and tactics. For almost 1,500 years it was the lead text in an anthology that would be formalised as the Seven Military Classics by Emperor Shenzong of Song in 1080. The Art of War remains the most influential strategy text in East Asian warfare. It has a profound influence on both Eastern and Western military thinking, business tactics, legal strategy and beyond. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز شانزدهم ماه آگوست سال 1995 میلادی عنوان: هنر جنگ؛ اثر: سون دزو؛ حسن حبیبی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، انتشارات قلم، 1364، در ؟؟ ص، موضوع: علوم نظامی، جنگ و جنگاوری، فن جنگ متون قدیمی سده ششم پیش از میلاد عنوان: هنر جنگ؛ اثر: سون دزو؛ بازنویسی: جیمز کلاول؛ مترجم: آیدا دریائیان؛ به اهتمام: سعید پورداخلی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، موسسه فرهنگی هنری بشیر علم و ادب، 1380، در 93 ص، شابک: 9646818811؛ عنوان: هنر جنگاوری؛ اثر: سون دزو؛ مترجم: علی کردستی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، فرا، سایپا دیزل، 1383؛ چاپ بعدی سازمان فرهنگی فرا، 1387، در 143 ص، شابک: 9789647092340؛ ترجمه از متن انگلیسی ساموئل گریفیث عنوان: آئین و قواعد رزم سون تزو مشهور به (هنر رزم سون تزو)؛ اثر: سون دزو؛ مترجم: محمدهادی موذن جامی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، سازمان فرهنگی هنری شهرداری تهران، 1388، در 100 ص، شابک: 9789642381876؛ عنوان: هنر جنگ؛ اثر: سون دزو؛ عین الله عزیززاده فیروزی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، بعثت، 1387، در 116 ص، شابک: 9786005116052 عنوان: هنر رزم؛ اثر: سون دزو؛ مترجم: نادر سعیدی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، کاروان، 1388، در 103 ص، شابک: 9789641750369؛ در چاپهای بعد نشر قطره در سال 1389 با شابک: 9786001191527؛ عنوان: هنر جنگ؛ اثر: سون دزو؛ محمود حمیدخانی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، سیته، 1392، در 128 ص، شابک: 9786005253214؛ عنوان: هنر جنگ؛ اثر: سون دزو؛ محمدصادق رئیسی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، روزگارنو، 1392، در 120 ص، شابک: 9786006867342؛ عنوان: هنر جنگ؛ اثر: سون دزو؛ حامد ذات عجم؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، آوای مکتوب، 1393، در 80 ص، شابک: 9786007364192؛ کتاب او که در چینی (سونتسی بینگفا) خوانده‌ می‌شود؛ و به معنی: شیوه‌ های جنگی؛ یا «روش‌های به کارگیری نیروها» را می‌دهد. کتاب نخستین بار در سال 1722 میلادی، به زبان فرانسه، برگردانده شد، و این نخستین باری بود، که این کتاب به زبانی اروپایی، برگردان می‌شد. نام این کتاب در فرانسوی، «هنر جنگ» نامیده‌ شد. این کتاب، یکی از خواستنی‌ترین مجموعه‌ های جنگی، در طول تاریخ، بوده‌ است. چینیان باستان، شیفته‌ ی این کتاب بودند، گفته شده، که «مائو تسه‌ دونگ»، و «ژوزف استالین»، هر دو، در هنگام جنگ، این کتاب را می‌خوانده‌ اند. از هر نظر، سان تزو، به عنوان یکی از اسطوره های استراتژی‌ پردازان است، از دیدگاه «سون دزو»، ایجاد عدم تقارن در جنگ، کلید پیروزی خواهد بود. به نظر ایشان، ایجاد و یا کشف عدم تقارن‌ها، و عدم تشابه‌ ها، بین طرفین درگیری، در نهایت، منجر به پیروزی خواهد شد، تنها مهم این است، که چه کسی، سریع‌تر به این عدم تشابهات پی ببرد، و یا چه کسی، سریع‌تر، از این عدم تشابهات، بهترین بهره‌ برداری را، در صحنه ی نبرد، یا دیپلماسی ببرد. هنر جنگ را، می‌توان به عنوان نمونه ی بسیار خوبی، از آموزه‌ های جنگ نامتقارن، یا حداقل تعریف مشخص، و واضح از «جنگ نامتقارن»، در دوران کهن، تلقی نمود. نخستین نکته‌ ای که سان تزو، روشن می‌کند، این است، که نامتقارن‌ها را، می‌توان در ابعاد، و حوزه‌ های مختلفی، یافت، و یا، خلق نمود. وی باور دارد، که در حین درگیری، ابعاد: سیاسی، دیپلماسی، اقتصادی، و روحی، حذف نخواهند شد، و در واقع، در خصوص توجه انحصاری به یک روی سکه در جنگ، که همان بعد ویژه ی نظامی ست، هشدار می‌دهد. ا. شربیانی

  14. 5 out of 5

    Heidi The Hippie Reader

    Frankly, I got tired of my husband quoting this and having no idea what he was talking about. So, Heidi-the-Hippie/Librarian picked up The Art of War. I must love him a great deal because this was so not my thing though I valiantly struggled my way through it. I'd say about three quarters of the book was commentary and translation quibbles on the text itself, which is really rather brief and kind of pretty in a "this is how you kill a bunch of people" sort of way. My big take-aways from this were Frankly, I got tired of my husband quoting this and having no idea what he was talking about. So, Heidi-the-Hippie/Librarian picked up The Art of War. I must love him a great deal because this was so not my thing though I valiantly struggled my way through it. I'd say about three quarters of the book was commentary and translation quibbles on the text itself, which is really rather brief and kind of pretty in a "this is how you kill a bunch of people" sort of way. My big take-aways from this were: 1 Pay attention to where you are and what's going on around you all the time, especially in war. And also be super sneaky about what you're going to do. "..concealing courage under a show of timidity presupposes a fund of latent energy; masking strength with weakness is to be effected by tactical dispositions. Thus one who is skillful at keeping the enemy on the move maintains deceitful appearances, according to which the enemy will act." loc 1143 2 If you have to fight, do it fast because it's too expensive to do for long. "There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged war." loc 822, ebook. 3 Everybody uses spies and if you don't, then you're going to lose because the other guy is for sure using spies. 4 Be flexible and make the call as things happen. Don't stick to orders from an emperor who's really far away because he doesn't know what the heck is going on like you do. "Water shapes its course according to the nature of the ground over which it flows; the soldier works out his victory in relation to the foe whom he is facing. Therefore, just as water retains no constant shape, so in warfare there are no constant conditions." loc 1296, ebook. 5 Know who you are and who you're fighting. This knowledge makes you strong so other people can't determine your future. Use it to win your war. "The art of war teaches us to rely not on the likelihood of the enemy's not coming, but on our own readiness to receive him; not on the chance of his not attacking, but rather on the fact that we have made our position unassailable." loc 1542, ebook. 6 Have a vision beyond what is right in front of you and guide yourself toward it, one good decision at a time. "To see victory only when it is within the ken of the common herd is not the acme of excellence. Neither is it the acme of excellence if you fight and conquer and the whole Empire says, "Well done!" To lift an autumn hair is no sign of great strength; to see the sun and moon is no sign of sharp sight; to hear the noise of thunder is no sign of a quick ear. What the ancients called a clever fighter is one who not only wins, but excels in winning with ease." loc 1011-1030, ebook 7 The place that you fight is very important as well as the officer who is calling the shots and telling you which way to go. If either of these things suck, you're in trouble. "The natural formation of the country is the soldier's best ally; but a power of estimating the adversary, of controlling the forces of victory, and of shrewdly calculating difficulties, dangers and distances, constitutes the test of a great general." loc 1886, ebook. 8 Knowing small details about the enemy is very important. For example, if the dudes you're going to war against put their pots and pans away, they're planning on dying in battle. Who knew, right? "When an army feeds its horses with grain and kills its cattle for food, and when the men do not hang their cooking-pots over the campfires, showing that they will not return to their tents, you may know that they are determined to fight to the death." loc 1752, ebook. So, that's The Art of War. Now back to my regularly scheduled reading. :)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ahmed H. Mansour

    It is hard to speculate that this book has been written for one single era...When you read it you realise it meant to stay and teach all the humanity, a book that needs to be taught in schools, teaching kids how to THINK....How it is SIMPLE to THINK....Now THAT`S somthing they don`t usually teach us to know when we are nothing but small lads....Such a damn complicate world :( Here`s a small taste of what you may find in this small book :) ----------------------- - According as circumstances are fav It is hard to speculate that this book has been written for one single era...When you read it you realise it meant to stay and teach all the humanity, a book that needs to be taught in schools, teaching kids how to THINK....How it is SIMPLE to THINK....Now THAT`S somthing they don`t usually teach us to know when we are nothing but small lads....Such a damn complicate world :( Here`s a small taste of what you may find in this small book :) ----------------------- - According as circumstances are favourable, one should modify one's plans. - All warfare is based on deception. - Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near. - Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected. - Now in order to kill the enemy, our men must be roused to anger; that there may be advantage from defeating the enemy, they must have their rewards. - In war, then, let your great object be victory, not lengthy campaigns. - It is the rule in war, if our forces are ten to the enemy's one, to surround him; if five to one, to attack him; if twice as numerous, to divide our army into two. - To secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself. - In battle, there are not more than two methods of attack — the direct and the indirect; yet these two in combination give rise to an endless series of manœuvres. - Energy may be likened to the bending of a crossbow; decision, to the releasing of a trigger. - Whoever is first in the field and awaits the coming of the enemy, will be fresh for the fight; whoever is second in the field and has to hasten to battle will arrive exhausted. - The clever combatant imposes his will on the enemy, but does not allow the enemy's will to be imposed on him. - Appear at points which the enemy must hasten to defend; march swiftly to places where you are not expected. - Rouse him, and learn the principle of his activity or inactivity. Force him to reveal himself, so as to find out his vulnerable spots. - Manœuvring with an army is advantageous; with an undisciplined multitude, most dangerous. - If you march thirty Li with the same object, two-thirds of your army will arrive. - Disciplined and calm, to await the appearance of disorder and hubbub amongst the enemy: — this is the art of retaining self-possession. - Do not pursue an enemy who simulates flight; do not attack soldiers whose temper is keen. - Do not swallow bait offered by the enemy. Do not interfere with an army that is returning home. - When you surround an army, leave an outlet free. Do not press a desperate foe too hard. - Reduce the hostile chiefs by inflicting damage on them; make trouble for them, and keep them constantly engaged; hold out specious allurements, and make them rush to any given point. - Camp in high places, facing the sun. Do not climb heights in order to fight. So much for mountain warfare. - In crossing salt-marshes, your sole concern should be to get over them quickly, without any delay. - All armies prefer high ground to low and sunny places to dark. - When the higher officers are angry and insubordinate, and on meeting the enemy give battle on their own account from a feeling of resentment, before the commander-in-chief can tell whether or not he is in a position to fight, the result is ruin. - If asked how to cope with a great host of the enemy in orderly array and on the point of marching to the attack, I should say: “Begin by seizing something which your opponent holds dear; then he will be amenable to your will.” - Rapidity is the essence of war: take advantage of the enemy's unreadiness, make your way by unexpected routes, and attack unguarded spots. - How to make the best of both strong and weak — that is a question involving the proper use of ground. - Unhappy is the fate of one who tries to win his battles and succeed in his attacks without cultivating the spirit of enterprise; for the result is waste of time and general stagnation. - No ruler should put troops into the field merely to gratify his own spleen; no general should fight a battle simply out of pique. - Knowledge of the enemy's dispositions can only be obtained from other men. - Hence it is only the enlightened ruler and the wise general who will use the highest intelligence of the army for purposes of spying, and thereby they achieve great results. Spies are a most important element in war, because on them depends an army's ability to move.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Araz Goran

    " الكـتاب المـقـدس للـدراسـات العـسكـرية " خمسة وعشرون قرناً من الزمان ولا يزال كتاب " فن الحرب " من أهم وافضل الكتب الحربية والعسكرية ومازال من ضمن قائمة أهم مائة كتاب في التاريخ.. سن أتزو جعل من الحرب فناً ،خدعة ودهاء، تعليمات عسكرية صارمة وتكتيكات عبقرية وخطط ماكرة واقعية فذة، تفكير في أدق تفاصيل شؤون الحرب وإغتنام كافة السبل و الفرص المؤدية إلى النصر المؤزر في أي معركة بكيفية واقعية لا تخرج عن نطاق الممكن.. قد لا يهمه عدد الجنود في داخل المعركة ولا قوة العدو ولا نوع الأسلحة ولا التضاريس التي " الكـتاب المـقـدس للـدراسـات العـسكـرية " خمسة وعشرون قرناً من الزمان ولا يزال كتاب " فن الحرب " من أهم وافضل الكتب الحربية والعسكرية ومازال من ضمن قائمة أهم مائة كتاب في التاريخ.. سن أتزو جعل من الحرب فناً ،خدعة ودهاء، تعليمات عسكرية صارمة وتكتيكات عبقرية وخطط ماكرة واقعية فذة، تفكير في أدق تفاصيل شؤون الحرب وإغتنام كافة السبل و الفرص المؤدية إلى النصر المؤزر في أي معركة بكيفية واقعية لا تخرج عن نطاق الممكن.. قد لا يهمه عدد الجنود في داخل المعركة ولا قوة العدو ولا نوع الأسلحة ولا التضاريس التي تجرى فيها المعارك.. سن أتزو يفكر في النصر في كل المعارك التي يخوضها بوسائل عبقرية ناضجة وخطط محكمة وبديهة سريعة ترافق الأستعداد الذهني والبدني وتجعل الجيش بكامله في أقصى درجات التحدي والأستعداد للمتغيرات والمفاجأت التي قد تحملها المعركة.. كتاب " فن الحرب " لا يقتصر فقط على شرح كيفية تحقيق الأنتصارات وإلحاق الهزيمة بالعدو فحسب، بل وحتى تجنب الهزيمة والوقوع في شرك العدو والأسر وخلافه.. عندما تقرأ الكتاب لا تشعر أن الكتاب قد كُتب منذ ذلك الزمن البعيد.. قيمة تاريخية وعسكرية لا مثيل لها، يمكن تطبق تعليماتها حتى في الوقت الحاضر رغم التقدم التقني والعسكري، ولكن مازالت نفس الطرق ونفس الأستراتيجيات والخطط تُستخدم من قبل القادة العسكريين .. قد يقول قائل أن ماكتبه أتزو من البديهيات ومن الممكن أن تخطر تعاليمه وخططه على بال أي عسكري متمرس نعم صحيح ولكن مع تلك الشمولية وتلك البصيرة الحادة والفكر الثاقب مع مراعاة الزمن الذي كُتب فيه الكتاب، لا أتصور حقيقة أن ماكتبه أتزو كان ضرباً من الحظ.. للمفارقة لم يكن أتزو من محبي الحرب ولم يكن يتصور الحرب كطريقة مُثلى لحل الخلافات، كان يرى أن الحوار والمفاوضات هي التي يجب أن تسود لحل المشاكل بين الدول والأمم، ذكر ذلك صراحة في الكتاب رغم أنه كتاب للحرب وفنونه.. كان يرى أن النجاح الحقيقي في الحرب هو الفوز في معركة بدون خسائر من الطرفين ثم العمل على إحلال سلام مستديم قائم على المعاهدات والأتفاقيات الموثوق بها، ولكن كرر فيما بعد أن الحرب ضرورة في بعض الأحيان وشر لابد منه ..

  17. 5 out of 5

    Marvin

    My wife says watching me read The Art of War is like watching Danny DeVito read The Joy of Sex. I'm not sure how to take that. Bottom line, I'm a lover not a fighter. I started this because I know that many people love this work and say they get a lot out of it. But it became clear to me after quite a few pages that The Art of War really is about fighting a war no matter what other people might interpret it to be. So I'm not interested. Besides the two things I need to know about fighting I learne My wife says watching me read The Art of War is like watching Danny DeVito read The Joy of Sex. I'm not sure how to take that. Bottom line, I'm a lover not a fighter. I started this because I know that many people love this work and say they get a lot out of it. But it became clear to me after quite a few pages that The Art of War really is about fighting a war no matter what other people might interpret it to be. So I'm not interested. Besides the two things I need to know about fighting I learned from The Princess Bride... 1. Never get into a land war in Indo-China. 2. Never make a bet involving death with a Sicilian.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Riku Sayuj

    Quick Demo: On Ruining a Classic Text Kaufman (author more than translator, I feel) boasts: In this work you will learn how people are to be treated and dealt with. The work was written for men in command and leaders of states. It is for the ambitious and strong spirited; do not seek morality lessons here. Sun Tzu has been translated and interpreted countless times by people with little knowledge of true combat reality on either the physical or mental level. Most of the available translations and i Quick Demo: On Ruining a Classic Text Kaufman (author more than translator, I feel) boasts: In this work you will learn how people are to be treated and dealt with. The work was written for men in command and leaders of states. It is for the ambitious and strong spirited; do not seek morality lessons here. Sun Tzu has been translated and interpreted countless times by people with little knowledge of true combat reality on either the physical or mental level. Most of the available translations and interpretations maintain a poetic approach that really doesn’t pertain to the times we are living in. There is a tendency to maintain a “mystique” regarding ancient knowledge. This is quaint, relative to today’s aggressive personality. We are living in a global network and must think in decisive terms if we are to succeed. He also chooses to leave out the valuable commentaries, which are supposed to be as much a part of the work as the original. He says: In reality, who cares what Ch’en Fu thinks about Sun Tzu’s hidden meaning about the jade stalk in the midst of the enemy’s goldfish pond? We are grown-up and intelligent enough to develop our own understanding without the need for quaint allegories. There is nothing sacred here. I find that approach unnecessary, limiting, and a waste of time to the educated reader. And here is a fun fact: As an acknowledged and world-recognized martial arts master, a Hanshi (which is the highest rank attainable), I am thoroughly aware of my responsibility for the interpretation of this doctrine, and I have made it incumbent upon myself to explain Sun Tzu’s tenets as I perceive them in a definitive manner.  — Must have recently taken a crash course on how to prepare a CV! Well, the book is a bore and a complete failure. It does no justice to Sun Tzu’s masterpiece and is worse than the regular self-help fare because it has only pretentiousness (of being tough, goal-oriented, warlord-like, if you please) and no real intention of even trying to 'help' any non-delusional executive. There is a reason why The Art of War is always presented poetically — it is so that the metaphors can be interpreted by the reader and applied as they want, so that they can understand the spirit of planned and prepared combat/conduct and apply that in life. That is why Art of war is an enduring and much loved classic. The author obviously has no clue about all this. He thinks it is a good idea to just present the text as-is, without ornamentation, without poetry, without any hints at broader applications beyond the battleground — Because the global corporation IS a battleground! Hello! Not realizing that once you strip away the poetry, you also strip the power of metaphor and what you have left is a dated txt that talks of war and claims to be for managers. It makes no sense to be told in plain prose to poison your enemy and insult his wife. Idiotic, without even being entertaining. Takes all the fun out of reading a bad book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Roy Lotz

    The Art of Goodreads 1. Lotz says: The greatest books are the ones you never have to read, and the greatest words are the ones you never have to speak. Likewise, the greatest book reviews are the ones you never have to write. 2. There are five types of books: (1) Ones I have read. (2) Ones I have not read. (3-5) It's complicated. 3. To begin a book, find its weakest point. This is commonly the first page. 4. Do not turn the page too slowly, as you will make it greasy; do not turn it too quickly, a The Art of Goodreads 1. Lotz says: The greatest books are the ones you never have to read, and the greatest words are the ones you never have to speak. Likewise, the greatest book reviews are the ones you never have to write. 2. There are five types of books: (1) Ones I have read. (2) Ones I have not read. (3-5) It's complicated. 3. To begin a book, find its weakest point. This is commonly the first page. 4. Do not turn the page too slowly, as you will make it greasy; do not turn it too quickly, as it might tear. 5. If a sentence is giving you trouble, make like you're going to skip over it, and then read it all at once really fast to take it by surprise! 6. If a sentence is particularly difficult, yell it at the top of your voice, trying to imitate the sound of the cock when the sun peaks over the distant mountains. 7. Do not let your teachers or professors know if you have actually read your assigned readings. Keep them in suspense. Then you can subject them to your will. 8. To impress the erudite girl, take well-known quotes and misattribute them, so that she can correct you. She will feel smart, and you will rush in for the kill! 9. If you can see the sun, you do not have the keenest vision. If you can hear the thunder, you do not have the keenest hearing. Likewise, if you get the most likes, you do not have the best review. I do. 10. Love is a battlefield, that's why I always wear camouflage on first dates. 11. You can apply the lessons of military tactics to any aspect of your life, as long as you don't mind going to prison. 12. Fun fact: If you read the English translation of The Art of War backwards, and in a Jamaican patois, it exactly reproduces the original Chinese. 13. If a word is giving you difficulty, you have two options: (1) use a dictionary, you dolt; (2) skip over it, because who has time in life for such things? 14. The Empire in Star Wars could totally have won if they had just used more spies. 15. The same goes for Sauron in The Lord of the Rings. 16. When running out of ideas for a book review, the wisest course of action is to stop. 17. The second wisest action is to keep going.

  20. 4 out of 5

    R.K. Gold

    Glad I finally read this book. I know it's considered one of the ultimate classics and I had always put it off because it's short, justifying the procrastination to myself by saying "I can read it in a day it's no big deal if I start tomorrow." Well tomorrow finally came and I read it. I found the chapters on maneuvering and land to be the most fascinating. The direct descriptions and exact measurements of how to respond in these situations were enthralling.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bookdragon Sean

    We all know one person who has an answer for everything. This person is usually annoying and won’t accept that sometimes they’re just wrong; they won’t accept that at some point their logic may fail them and run dry; they’re completely resolute in what they believe and they just won’t budge from it: they simply can’t be proven wrong or at fault. This is how I feel about Sun Tzu. It’s like he interpreted questions and doubts before they were born, and countered them with his own logic based respo We all know one person who has an answer for everything. This person is usually annoying and won’t accept that sometimes they’re just wrong; they won’t accept that at some point their logic may fail them and run dry; they’re completely resolute in what they believe and they just won’t budge from it: they simply can’t be proven wrong or at fault. This is how I feel about Sun Tzu. It’s like he interpreted questions and doubts before they were born, and countered them with his own logic based responses that felt immaculately persuasive to the point that I found them to be convincing truths. Sun Tzu, literally, has an answer for everything war based. How to win at war I could never consider war as a form of art, but Sun Tzu has provided a detailed manual of how to survive it. Well, at least if you’re a general in the command of legions of armies and have the ability to respond to a multitude of situations with the quick thinking advice of Sun Tzu. Then, and only then, might you be ok. If you’re a foot solider or a random underling, then you’re screwed because you’d most likely be spent in some well thought out attack or defensive manoeuvre. This book is certainly one for the generals who must consider victory first and overcome the loss of human life. There’s a reason why this book is still read today by military leaders, soldiers and random bookworms; it provides valuable insight on how to master the battlefield; it advises the reader on how to respond, in the most effective manner, to a number of tactical situations. There is so much covered in this relatively small book that it’s quite surprising. However, despite the convincing nature of his arguments, I do feel like there would be a situation where his logic failed him. There will be a situation where an unforeseeable circumstance defeats his approach and leads in an unexpected defeat and complete rout. No manual of war could ever be completely extensive even if it appears that way. But, don’t tell Sun Tzu I said that because he’d have an answer. Easy to read One thing that struck me when reading this was the sheer approachability of it. I expected it to be very complex and intricate. The manoeuvres and counters are conveyed in a simple, yet comprehensive, manner. It undeniably makes war look easy, which it obviously isn’t. I’m not saying that it’s misleading, but I was just looking for a logic hole in here. I was unable to find one, though I think if someone used this in war they may find it. I am glad of the simplicity of it, though, because it made the book very approachable and easy to understand. I never thought I’d say this, but The Art of War is very light reading. This was such an interesting book to read. I feel like I learnt a lot from it, which is quite scary really. Perhaps, I won’t read it a second time, as I don’t want to get to many ideas in my head. I do recommend giving this book a read though, just for the sake of reading something completely different. A tactical three stars

  22. 5 out of 5

    Foad

    یک فرمانده ی بزرگ نظامی، پانصد سال قبل از میلاد مسیح، کتابی اعجاب انگیز و ستودنی در مورد شیوه های فرماندهی لشکر می نویسد که تا سال های سال، در کشورهای شرق دور به عنوان دستور راه فرماندهان جنگ استفاده می شده. هم اکنون این کتاب در لیست کتاب های پیشنهادی ارتش امریکا برای دانشگاه های افسری و نظامی است. این کتاب، درست در مقابل هاگاکوره: کتاب سامورایی قرار می گیرد. هاگاکوره، کتابی سامورایی، یاد می دهد که چطور از شکست و مرگ نهراسید و اهدافی والاتر از سودهای دنیوی و عقل حسابگر داشته باشید: به فکر شجاعت ب یک فرمانده ی بزرگ نظامی، پانصد سال قبل از میلاد مسیح، کتابی اعجاب انگیز و ستودنی در مورد شیوه های فرماندهی لشکر می نویسد که تا سال های سال، در کشورهای شرق دور به عنوان دستور راه فرماندهان جنگ استفاده می شده. هم اکنون این کتاب در لیست کتاب های پیشنهادی ارتش امریکا برای دانشگاه های افسری و نظامی است. این کتاب، درست در مقابل هاگاکوره: کتاب سامورایی قرار می گیرد. هاگاکوره، کتابی سامورایی، یاد می دهد که چطور از شکست و مرگ نهراسید و اهدافی والاتر از سودهای دنیوی و عقل حسابگر داشته باشید: به فکر شجاعت باشید، و افتخار. می گوید اگر خواستید انتقام کسی را بگیرید، بدون این که وقت را تلف کنید تا محاسبه کنید که چطور پیروز می شوید، به دل دشمن بزنید و اگر هم کشته شدید، چه بهتر. چرا که "طریقت سامورایی بر مردن استوار است". هنر رزم، در مقابل، کاملاً سودگرایانه است و به شما می آموزد که چطور قبل از اقدام به دقت و با هوشمندی همه چیز را محاسبه کنید، و استراتژی های خود را دقیق، و البته همراه با انعطاف، مشخص کنید تا حتماً به پیروزی دست بیابید. می گوید اگر محاسبات تان نشان می دهند در جنگ شکست می خورید، بیهوده منابع مالی و انسانی را هدر نکنید و به فکر حیله ای باشید تا کمترین تلفات را بدهید. به همین دلیل معمولاً هنر رزم را به عنوان یک کتاب "موفقیت" می خوانند. خواندن هر دو کتاب با هم، فرصت بسیار خوبی بود برای مقایسه ی دو طرز فکر کاملاً متضاد در دو کشور نزدیک به هم (چین و ژاپن).

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lily

    If you've ever picked up a self-help book where the author is repeatedly stating the obvious, then you've experienced the writing style of this book. The overall concepts could've been summarized in a short essay rather than a book. Its length is a testament to its antiquity, though the author has done a noble job of re-ordering and editing bits of the chapters to provide continuity and to delete repetition. Oriental philosophy is often ripe with a kind of double-speak and this book is no excepti If you've ever picked up a self-help book where the author is repeatedly stating the obvious, then you've experienced the writing style of this book. The overall concepts could've been summarized in a short essay rather than a book. Its length is a testament to its antiquity, though the author has done a noble job of re-ordering and editing bits of the chapters to provide continuity and to delete repetition. Oriental philosophy is often ripe with a kind of double-speak and this book is no exception. The main idea, covered ad nauseam, are that generals must be wise, adapt to changing situations, and maintain order. What people get out of this book is whatever they want to read into it. It was an alright read but, in general, the book is overrated.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alice Poon

    I read the Chinese version with English translation. I was most impressed with this observation: that winning every war is not the best scenario; the most ideal scenario is where one manages to repel an enemy without fighting. The other theory I found convincing is that a shrewd fighter would choose his men wisely and would know how to ride the prevailing situation. Most of the contents would seem to be practical common sense. The keynote of the first chapter ~ all warfare is based on deception ~ I read the Chinese version with English translation. I was most impressed with this observation: that winning every war is not the best scenario; the most ideal scenario is where one manages to repel an enemy without fighting. The other theory I found convincing is that a shrewd fighter would choose his men wisely and would know how to ride the prevailing situation. Most of the contents would seem to be practical common sense. The keynote of the first chapter ~ all warfare is based on deception ~ seems to tally with the last chapter, which is about the use of spies.

  25. 4 out of 5

    J.L. Sutton

    Understanding the ground you're standing on (strategically) is a paramount concern of Sun Tzu's treatise on The Art of War. This ground (and the moves and countermoves you can make from it) can be interpreted not just as advice on combat, but also on business and relationships. This is book I've known about for a long time. So I'm glad I got to read it, but I'm not sure it inspired me to action or to think differently about the world. Maybe that will come later.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Reading Corner

    I really enjoyed reading this, it was really interesting and insightful. I know I'll definitely be reading this again!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Obied Alahmed

    هناك مبالغة كبيرة في المقدمة و التمهيد لاهمية الكتاب و كأنه الكتاب الذي لا مثيل له بعظم نصائحه وامكانية تطبيقه في جميع مناحي الحياة العسكرية اساسا ومن ثم الحياة اليومية والاقتصادية والعلاقات الانسانية وهذا ما شدد على ذكره في المقدمة وأنه من أسباب انتشار الكتاب ولكن توضيح ذلك كان ضعيفا جدا - الكتاب يتحدث عن نصائح في مجال الحروب و المعارك شنها و توقيتها واختيار الأرض المناسبة .. الخ - فيه تكرار كبير جدا لا يقل عن مرتين أو ثلاث بل بعض النصائح كررت قرابة الخمس مرات - موسع بشكل مبالغ فيه و كرأي شخصي كا هناك مبالغة كبيرة في المقدمة و التمهيد لاهمية الكتاب و كأنه الكتاب الذي لا مثيل له بعظم نصائحه وامكانية تطبيقه في جميع مناحي الحياة العسكرية اساسا ومن ثم الحياة اليومية والاقتصادية والعلاقات الانسانية وهذا ما شدد على ذكره في المقدمة وأنه من أسباب انتشار الكتاب ولكن توضيح ذلك كان ضعيفا جدا - الكتاب يتحدث عن نصائح في مجال الحروب و المعارك شنها و توقيتها واختيار الأرض المناسبة .. الخ - فيه تكرار كبير جدا لا يقل عن مرتين أو ثلاث بل بعض النصائح كررت قرابة الخمس مرات - موسع بشكل مبالغ فيه و كرأي شخصي كان بالامكان الاكتفاء بما يقارب ال 25 صفحة - النصائح الاساسية جميلة و لكن الشرح والتعليق افقدها اهميتها من حيث الاطالة والتكرار والمبالغة في ذكر الدول والجيوش التي اعتمدت الكتاب كاساس لتعليم قواتها (( مثال اعتماد القوات الأمريكية عليه في توعية جنودها ))

  28. 5 out of 5

    Steven Walle

    The Art of War was written around 500 BC by a man of amazing stragedy named Sun Tzu. It was written on very thin strips of bamboo and pain stakenly sewed together. This volume describes the strgedies to create a very successful life, win in battles and relationships. This book has been used through the ages as a guide in battles. It is the cor coriculum in many war colleges including West Point. Sun Tzu successfully predicted the outcome of the battle of Getiesberg, and the Vietnam war. I recomm The Art of War was written around 500 BC by a man of amazing stragedy named Sun Tzu. It was written on very thin strips of bamboo and pain stakenly sewed together. This volume describes the strgedies to create a very successful life, win in battles and relationships. This book has been used through the ages as a guide in battles. It is the cor coriculum in many war colleges including West Point. Sun Tzu successfully predicted the outcome of the battle of Getiesberg, and the Vietnam war. I recommend all read this book for it' bennafits in o's life and relationships. Enjoy and Be Blessed. Diamond

  29. 4 out of 5

    peiman-mir5 rezakhani

    دوستانِ گرانقدر، این کتاب قرن هاست که به عنوان یکی از برترین کتبِ ادبیاتِ نظامی، موردِ بررسی قرار گرفته است و صدها هزار سرباز و مورخِ چینی و ژاپنی به این کتاب که در میانِ آثارِ کلاسیکِ هنرِ جنگ، نخستین اثر محسوب میشود، توجه تمام داشته اند از دیدگاهِ «سون تزو»، جنگ برایِ هر دولتی واجدِ شرایطِ حیاتی است، بنابراین مطالعه و تحلیلِ آن ضرورت دارد... او کوشیده تا راهبری عملیاتی نظامی و جنگی را بر بنیادی عقلانی استوار سازد و هدفش استفادهٔ سردارانی میباشد که خردمندانه در پیِ جنگی پیروزمندانه میباشند... به ‎دوستانِ گرانقدر، این کتاب قرن هاست که به عنوان یکی از برترین کتبِ ادبیاتِ نظامی، موردِ بررسی قرار گرفته است و صدها هزار سرباز و مورخِ چینی و ژاپنی به این کتاب که در میانِ آثارِ کلاسیکِ هنرِ جنگ، نخستین اثر محسوب میشود، توجه تمام داشته اند ‎از دیدگاهِ «سون تزو»، جنگ برایِ هر دولتی واجدِ شرایطِ حیاتی است، بنابراین مطالعه و تحلیلِ آن ضرورت دارد... او کوشیده تا راهبری عملیاتی نظامی و جنگی را بر بنیادی عقلانی استوار سازد و هدفش استفادهٔ سردارانی میباشد که خردمندانه در پیِ جنگی پیروزمندانه میباشند... به اعتقادِ «سون تزو»، فرماندهان و سردارانِ زبردست، باید بتوانند با استراتژی مناسب، لشکر دشمن را بدون درگیری نظامی، تسلیم کنند و شهرها را بدون محاصره تصرف نمایند و دولت ها را بدونِ ریخته شدنِ خون واژگون سازند ‎در این کتابِ ارزشمند، تأکید شده که جنگ و خونریزی درست نیست، ولی چنانچه انجام شود، در این کتاب از هر نظر راهکارهایی عقلانی ارائه داده تا بتوان بر دشمن یا دشمنانِ پیش رو، پیروز گشت ‎عزیزانم، این کتاب به طور کلی از 18 فصل تشکیل شده است که در هر فصل به برخی از استراتژی های جنگی همراه با نظریاتِ فرماندهانِ معروف، اشاره شده است ‎و به نظرِ من بهترین و جذاب ترین فصل هایِ این کتاب مربوط میشود به : استراتژی تهاجمی- زمین و انواعِ نه گانهٔ زمینِ کارزار و نبرد- استفاده از مأموران مخفی یا همان جاسوس- ارزیابی وضعیت و نقاط ضعف و قوّت ******************************************* ‎در زیر برخی از جملات و نوشته های این کتاب را از فصل هایِ گوناگون، به انتخاب برایِ شما بزرگواران مینویسم ------------------------------------------------------------------- ‎در جنگ بهترین سیاست این است که دولت صحیح و سالم تصرف شود. بدترین کار از میان بردن و انهدامِ دولت است... نباید بین سربازها آدمکشی را تشویق و به آنها انگیزهٔ کشتار و تجاوز بدهید ------------------------------------------------------------------- ‎چنانچه با مردم با مهربانی و عدل و انصاف رفتار شود، ارتش دارایِ روحیهٔ همبستگی میشود و به دلیل سرخوش بودن و غلبه بر دشواری ها، خطر مرگ را فراموش میکنند ------------------------------------------------------------------- ‎در زمانِ جنگ، در بامدادان انسان احساس شور و هیجان میکند و در طول روز وقت به کندی سپری میشود و در شب سربازان دلتنگ هستند و افکار سپاهیان متوجهٔ سرزمین و کشورشان میشود... از اینرو فرماندهانِ باهوش و کاربلد، در هنگامی که دشمن پرشور و هیجان است، از نبرد با آنها پرهیز میکنند و هنگامی که آنها سست شده اند و دلشان هوایِ سرزمین و وطن را کرده است، به آنها حمله میکنند ... معنیِ در اختیار قرار داشتنِ عاملِ روحیه، در جنگ، همین است ------------------------------------------------------------------- ‎سربازان فرماندهٔ خوب را، هم دوست دارند و هم از او میترسند و حساب میبرند ‎فرمانده اگر دشمن را بشناسد و خودشان را هم بشناسد، پیروزیش در معرضِ تهدید نخواهد بود.. و اگر زمین و شرایطِ جوی را نیز بخوبی بشناسد، پیروزیشان کامل خواهد بود ------------------------------------------------------------------- ‎فرمانده در جنگ باید به پنج نکته توجه کند: فرماندهی - آمادگی - تصمیم - حزم و تدبیر - میانه روی ‎فرماندهی مستلزم آن است که وی امر و قدرتِ خود را هم بر تعداد زیاد و هم بر تعدادِ کمِ سربازان، اعمال نماید ‎آمادگی متضمنِ این است که به هنگامِ عبور از دروازه ها، فرمانده طوری عمل کند که گویی دشمن را می بیند ‎تصمیم، مستلزم این است که وقتی به دشمن نزدیک می شود، در اندیشهٔ زندگی نباشد ‎حزم و تدبیر متضمن این است که چنانچه به پیروزی های زیادی هم نائل آماده باشد، طوری عمل کند که گویی، هم اکنون برایِ اولین بار است که می جنگد ‎میانه روی مستلزم این است که از مقررات و دستورها سو استفاده نکند و طوری عمل نماید که این امور برایِ سربازان آزار دهنده نباشد ‎چنانچه فرمانده در پیش روی و یا عقب نشینی مردد باشد، سربازان به وی اعتماد نمیکنند و به طور حتم کارش به شکست و فرار میکشد ------------------------------------------------------------------- ‎از من میپرسید چگونه میتوان بر دشمنی که از نظمِ کامل برخوردار و آمادهٔ حمله است، پیروز شویم و چگونه بر آنها غلبه کنیم؟!؟ پاسخ میدهم: به چیزی که دشمن بدان دلبسته است مستولی شوید، آنچه می خواهید بر سرش خواهید آورد ... سرعت و چالاکی، جوهرهٔ جنگ است ---------------------------------------------–--------------------- ‎صحنهٔ جنگ و عرصهٔ کارزار، کشوری است با اجسادِ ایستاده ... کسانی که تصمیم به مُردن گرفته اند، ممکن است زنده بمانند. ولی آنها که امیدوار هستند که زنده از نبرد بگریزند، بی شک کشته خواهند شد ------------------------------------------------------------------- ‎دوستانِ خردگرا و عزیزانم، جنگیدن و دفاع کردن تنها برایِ سرزمین است که ارزش دارد و باید با جان و دل برایِ میهن جنگید... اما هیچ وقت جنگِ بی ارزش برایِ دین و یا همان جهاد را با دفاع از سرزمین و آب و خاکِ مادری اشتباه نگیرید. بارها گفته ام که شهادت و جنگیدن و کشتن انسانها برایِ رفتن به بهشت، ابلهانه ترین و بیخردانه ترین کارِ ممکن است ‎امیدوارم این ریویو برایِ فرزندانِ سرزمینم مفید بوده باشه ‎«پیروز باشید و ایرانی»

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ahmed Oraby

    إذا أردت الحرب فعليك بإعداد السلاح، إذا أردت النصر - يا رب النصر لمصر بجد - فعليك بالتخطيط، وإذا أردت الأكل فقوم اعمل فطارك يا حيوان وإن كان حبيبك عسل متلحسوش كله

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