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The Art of War: The Original Treatise on Military Strategy Paperback – 15 Jul 2010

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  • Paperback: 62 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Brown (15 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936041057
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936041053
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (769 customer reviews)
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"Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way, Sun Tzu's The Art of War is undisputedly one of the bestselling leadership books of all time." - Publishers Weekly "a book that celebrates cunning by arguing that the way to win is by always doing the opposite of what your opponent expects. Sun Tzu gave birth to a long tradition that believed strategic goals could often best be achieved by avoiding the destructive uncertainty of pitched battle." - The Economist Written in China more than two thousand years ago, this book tells of cunning military strategies and operations that went into some of the most brilliantly executed maneuvers in Asian warfare. These insights serve as an excellent guide to strategy, tactics and success in the world of business." - CEO.com, 24 Leadership Books To Read Before You Die "For business leaders, reading The Art of War is a rite of passage; quoting from it is de rigueur." - Gregory Beyer, The Huffington Post --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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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 the Hardcover edition.

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What makes this book a true classic is the fact it has many applications: power-hungry politicians, corporate strategists, the army generals amongst Amazon and your bog-standard malcontent - although more definitely exist to be found. Despite societies moving away from primal structures, the relevance of lessons learnt by Sun Tzu over 2000 years will continue to persist. Sun Tzu teaches how to resourcefully beat enemies with guile and strategy, utilse superior knowledge of the terrain, and utilise lines of communication and learn to think like his enemy.

This version, is differentiated by a) the price; and b) Tom Butler-Browdon’s excellent introduction which frames the relevance of this manual for the modern reader, provides information about the historical context, and characterises the most successful warfare outcomes.

The size makes it commuter friendly as well as an easy task to finish. Given the brief and focussed nature of the text, it is not a book that lasts – but luckily the massive scope for applications leave enough food for thought that the book to have a lingering aftertaste.
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Sometimes difficult to understand the author's concepts on war since I have no military training nor do I wish to go to war. However, the concepts are apparently being used by CEO's of top companies so thought it would be worth reading, though did not see anything that could be translated to corporate workplace maybe I missed the lesson. It was worth reading for no other reason than to have an insight into how Chinese thought about war.
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Always useful to have a copy of this as a reference.
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BRILLIANT LITTLE BOOK.
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Not the complete book this is more like a pamphlet

Avoid
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Good
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Interesting book
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Bought this to research Cesare Borgia.
Difficult read but worth persevering.
Builds up a good picture of Italy and its renaissance wars.
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