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on 26 July 2017
This is probably one of the best versions of the Art of War i've seen anyway. It basically gives some analysis and goes into depth on what Sun Tzu means, using some ancient Chinese commentators as references and examples to better explain the teachings. I would have given this 5 stars but it's layed out strangely. You'll find pages with 1 sentence that seem continue on the next page, but it's tolerable given the depth which the researcher explains things. I have 3 different versions of the Art of War. One is a thin 50 page pamphlet, the second has some artwork included but this version includes more than just Sun Tzu's teachings on certain topics. As a result it's more enjoyable to read than a list of bullet-points, and much more informative.
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on 17 January 2017
This is a really interesting book, if you really read into it (so to speak) you can take a lot away from it if you are in a leadership or management position. Human psychology hasn't changed all that much over the centuries, the only difference is that the ancient battlefield is now and office and your enemies are your competitors. I would recommend this book for people looking to advance into, or develop in, a leadership position. It wont provide you with the tools to succeed as a stand alone book, but paired with proper training and other readings it can certainly give some good insights into the mindset of a good leader.
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on 2 January 2017
This was a gift for someone it's more like a booklet or brochure than an actual book and has staples holding bit together if you are after the book this is not for you it's a short itemised list.
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on 21 May 2018
Still so relevant, even if you consider it within completely different areas, such as business market and corporations. I read it with my leadership hat on and replaced the battlefield with my workplace. Not that I see my day to day work as a battlefield, but nonetheless, good strategy, planning, knowing your ‘enemies’ (competitors), knowing the ‘terrain’ (macro/micro environments) are prerequisites for good performance. Having an open mind when reading this book, will allow one to see how applicable it is to non-military areas.
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on 7 September 2016
short and sweet (about 70 minutes), but educational. Apparently, its also used for management theory.

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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on 27 April 2017
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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on 13 July 2016
Great edited version. Easy for my 12 year old to read and comprehend, he had been wanting to read The Art of War for a while, after it was mentioned in several other books he had read. This is only a small book and will not take long, but gives an understanding of the original text and is translated well. We will buy a more extended version in future to consolidate the information he has gained from it.
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on 15 March 2018
Very difficult read due to references to many other versions throughout the introduction. Text does not flow well as a result. A number of spelling errors so poorly edited.
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on 6 December 2016
Very good book. It is short and straight to the point, nothing else needed. Sun Tze's view apply for many parts in our live: work and social live. To me, it also applies on my own skill in fighting. As a martial artist, these things are very important to know and they help become better. It definitely is a good book I can recommend to all, who would like to feel some enlightenment. :)
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 3 September 2014
A fascinating read, truly a work of incredible insight and at times a reminder to keep it simple and use a little common sense. It's understandable why business employ the tenets albeit with a view to manoeuvring the competitor into a weaker business position. The information within has many useful (and thankfully peaceful) applications. The General was truly a remarkable man. I would recommend anyone to have a read just to see where the tenets can be used in very mundane circumstances to help in many quite ordinary circumstances.
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