The Art of War was brought to a western audience in the 18th century and was published for the first time in 1910, though it was originally written over 2500 years ago. Here in audio format it is narrated by Scott Brick and Shelley Frasier.
The Art of War is a text inspired by the ancient wisdom of Sun Tzu. Divided into thirty six treatises, there are commentary and footnotes corresponding to the treatises which are read by the narrators, as well. Many modern artists and business persons find this ancient wisdom to still be applicable to contemporary life. Indeed, though this was originally intended as a military manual of sorts, the anecdotes from Ancient China are still directly connected to our challenges today.
The simplistic language of these texts can be deceptive, but if taken as a metaphor, for example, to attack the enemy only when he is awake, or to appear weak when you are strong, these ancient words can help anyone looking to sublimate emotions and focus outside of an inflexible agenda, indecisiveness, and overwhelming problems.
What armies of belief do we command? Pursue, protect, and promote? These questions are implicitly addressed, while Sun Tsu's strategy encourages us to overcome our personal cognitive biases.
With Scott Brick and Shelley Frasier taking turns narrating, they breathe new life into an ancient text.
Sun Tzu was a military general, strategist and philosopher during the Zhou Dynasty and has had a significant influence on Chinese and Asian culture.
Master Sun said: “Ultimate excellence lies not in winning every battle but in defeating the enemy without ever fighting.”
For more than two thousand years, The Art of War has stood as a cornerstone of Chinese culture, a lucid text that reveals as much about psychology, politics, and economics as it does about battlefield strategy. For those seeking a deeper understanding of this seminal work, scholar John Minford brings the words of Sun-tzu to life for modern listeners, presenting the core text in two formats:
Part I: The original text by Sun-tzu
Ray Porter reads the unadorned thirteen chapters, allowing listeners to form their own first impressions of the ancient words of wisdom ascribed to Sun-tzu.
Part II: The original text with running commentary
Read by Ray Porter and Lorna Raver, the original text is presented again, this time with extensive running commentary by traditional Chinese scholars and the translator, providing context and subtext for the work. Included is a lively, learned introduction, read by Lorna Raver, in which Minford explores the life and times of Sun-tzu and considers how best to read and understand the work today.
Even those readers familiar with The Art of War will experience it anew, finding it more fascinating and more relevant than ever. Download and start listening now!