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The ancient Chinese treatise of military strategy is now a business classic and here brought up to date by bestselling author and military scholar James Clavell. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
James Clavell, the son of a Royal Navy family, was educated in Portsmouth before, as a young artillery officer, he was captured by the Japanese at the Fall of Singapore. It was on this experience that his bestselling novel KING RAT was based. He maintained this oriental interest in his other great works: TAI-PAN, SHOGUN, NOBLE HOUSE and GAI JIN. Clavell lived for many years in Vancouver and Los Angeles, before settling in Switzerland, where he died in 1994.
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On first examination it can appear somewhat trite and obvious but, with each subsequent visit, more and more wisdom shines from the pages. Add James Clavell's poignant observations and you have an amazing combination.
It's also worth noting that two of our most effective English Cricket Captains were students of Sun Tzu, Mike Brearley and Nasser Hussein.
Whatever the competitive situation in which you find yourself, there will be words of clear guidance in this little book to help you.
"If war is a metaphor for business then where is the customer?"
There are still a few lessons that can be applied to business including the concept of "first mover advantage". Many of the dotcoms would have done well to have read this particular aspect in TAoW - attacking a special forces platoon with a baseball bat is still going to end badly even if you are first mover.
But an incredible read anyhow and all the more astounding to think that Sun Tzu gained enough practical experience to write it in the first place.
Anyone with a real penchant for military strategy should get hold of Norman Dixon's "On the psychology of military incompetence" (This is recommended reading at Sandhurst and many Business Schools)
Now depending on the war your fighting you will win every time if you follow, without question the principles laid forth in the book.
Your war may be in business, love, life or indeed the battlefield whatever the battle Sun Tzu will help you win it
Buy it, Read it, Live it!
I would say that I found 20% of the book to be really valuable, 40% to be interesting and the remaining 40% to be an utter waste of time.
I recommend you read the Prince by Niccolo Machiaveli unless your area of interest is "History of War" in which case this book is for you.
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