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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 16 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 6 Oct. 2004
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQ33A8
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I bought from the Amazon seller "Lowplex" for just over five pounds plus a couple of quid P&P which is around half the price that Amazon itself are asking (at the time of writing) which just goes to show how much you can save sometimes by checking the other Amazon sellers rather than just hitting the "Add to Basket" button straight away.
The book content itself goes without any need of my review... it's been around for two and a half thousand years, so if you don't know, or haven't heard, how good it is by now, you probably never will... This review is purely about this version and it's amazingly high quality binder. I'd advise you to buy two if you're buying it as a gift, because once you see it, you'll probably want one for your own bookshelf.
Some books are so good that one should indulge in two copies. I did, and I don't regret it; the Art of War is my favourite book of all time. Don't believe (certain) hype; it might not help you in the workplace, you may still falter when it comes to conquering the affections of the opposite (or same) sex; if not your spirit then your intellect will be given sustainance from this text.
I used to own a version that had Musashi's Book of Five Rings as a " 2 for 1" issue, which I thought was a damned insult to this text as it makes the former's Samurai "how to" manual seem shallow, not that there is any comparison.
Without these added snippets of interpretation and animations this version of The Art of War would read like a field manual (the original intent), and wouldn't be as interesting.
The influence of this 'art' can be witnessed throughout the centuries in various campaigns and is the basis for many tactics still in use.
Overall, I found it a fascinating insight to the military mind set.
The notes expand on the text and provide a nice historical element to the book, as a lover of history I found this great, learning about many of the methods, army's and leaders of ancient china. Although the Art of War is primarily suited to pre-modern era (ancient world, medieval world etc) it still has relevant lessons to modern strategy, such as the important of supplies, of terrain and combat.
This is a wonderful read for those interested in military strategy or for the historical elements of this ancient Chinese text.
The way that the book is wrote makes it extremely easy to read. I would suggest that everybody reads this book to see if it could, perhaps, make a positive impact in your life.
I listened to this and Macchiavelli's "The Prince" over the course of a weekend. Very interesting as a pair.
Highly recommended, especially in the current UK & US political climates (Corbyn overseeing the new 'nasty party', Gove's betrayal of Boris Johnson, dirty tricks in Trump vs. Clinton, etc).
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