"There's not a dated maxim or vague prescription in it." -- Newsweek
Regarded as the world's oldest military treatise, this compact volume has instructed officers and tacticians for more than 2,000 years. From its origins in China, The Art of War
traveled the world to inform the strategies of Napoleon and World War II generals. More recently, it has taken on a new life as a guide to competing successfully in business, law, and sports.
All of The Art of War
's concepts retain their value to modern readers, from the prudence of circumventing a strong opponent and taking advantage of a weak one to the wisdom of preparedness and flexibility. Other topics include strategy, tactics, maneuvering, communications, the treatment of soldiers, and the worth of well-trained officers. History enthusiasts, business thought leaders, and anyone intrigued by competition and rivalry will appreciate this elegant edition of the classic work.
Chinese general Sun Tzu (c.544-496 B.C.) was a military strategist as well as a philosopher and author. He is reputed to have had a successful military career, during which he tested the principles that he later expounded upon in The Art of War. His strategic approaches possess broad applications that extend to public administration, planning, and diplomacy, ensuring their enduring relevance.