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Sun Tzu and Art of War

Sun Tzu was a Chinese military general during the Spring and Autumn period (722-481 BC). Most scholars surmise that Sun Tzu lived from 544 BC to 496 BC. The Spring and Autumn Annals of Wu and Yueh further states:

Sun Tzu was a native of Wu. He excelled at military strategy but dwelled in secrecy far away from civilization, so ordinary people did not know of his ability. Wu Tzu-hsu, himself enlightened, wise, and skilled in discrimination, knew Sun Tzu could penetrate and destroy the enemy. One morning when he was discussing military affairs, he recommended Sun Tzu seven times. King Ho-lu said: ¡隆茫Since you have found an excuse to advance this shih, I want to have him brought in. He questioned Sun Tzu about military strategy, and each time he laid out a section of his book. The king could not praise him enough.

Wikipedia, however, states: Historians debate whether or not Sun Tzu was a real historical figure¡­ In some histories, such as the biography written in the 2nd century BC by the historian Sima Qian, Sun Tzu is born in the state of Ch"i, during the Spring and Autumn Period of China (722隆搂C481 BC), and became a heroic general for the King of Wu. His victories inspired him to write the Art of War.

The Art of War is an ancient Chinese military treatise that is composed of 13 chapters.

While there are many translations of this work from the original Chinese to multiple languages, I am going to be working from the ¡隆茫Denma¡隆脌 translation into English.

According to that translation, the 13 chapters are titled:

  1. Appraisals
  2. Doing Battle
  3. Strategy of Attack
  4. Form
  5. Shih (abstract knowledge, insight and skills that look for patterns)
  6. The Solid and Empty
  7. The Army Contending
  8. The Nine Transformations
  9. Moving the Army
  10. Forms of the Earth
  11. The Nine Grounds
  12. Attack by Fire
  13. Employing Spies

The Art of War emphasizes conquering without aggression. It emphasizes that victory is more important than war. If you can win, without waging war, so much the better.

While the original treatise was designed for military strategy, readers will find that the knowledge and wisdom imparted within this work applies equally to one¡¯s business and personal life.

Quite simply, The Art of War contains beautiful and elegant strategy that is useful everywhere.

 
   
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