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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (67,745 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sun-tzu Narrator: Mike Borris Publisher: Trout Lake Media Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2011 ISBN:
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The Art of War: The Strategy of Sun Tzu is a military classic, most likely written by an ancient Chinese general known as Sun Tzu. The book is considered the definitive military treatise of ancient times. It presents 13 topical chapters, each of which covers a military strategy or tactic.

The Art of War isn't just about combat. Instead, it is about all approaches that Sun Tzu used to win battles. Morally and ethically, he considered involving troops in physical battle only occasionally necessary. He used tactics that avoided combat when possible. This included outsmarting opponents using deception, discipline and training.

For military use, the book is outdated. However, today it is used by athletes, business leaders and many others as a book about strategy and tactics. The strategies presented to overcome enemy armies in the book can easily be applied to opponents on the playing field or in a competitive business environment. Successful generals, professional athletes and well-known lawyers have all cited the book as an influence.

Sun Tzu, who is also known as Sun Wu and Sunzi, has traditionally been listed as the author of The Art of War. While his authenticity has been questioned, he was most likely a general in the ancient Chinese military during the Zhou Dynasty. Through legends about him and because of The Art of War, he is well known in Chinese and Asian culture. Traditionally, he was believed to have lived between 544 and 496 BC, but modern researchers believe the book may have instead been written during the Warring States Period, 476 to 221 BC.

This timeless text is required listening for any business person or athlete interested in strategy. It includes a soundtrack entitled The Mysterious Sound of Wind In the Bamboo, a 43-minute collection of Zen-inspired Japanese music by the Matsu Take Ensemble.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave Hutcheson | 2/18/2014

    " Conflict is a part of life and all relationships. This book will empower you and provide you with additional understanding of what is going on around you, and give you techniques to help yourself and other reach your goals. Ideally with minimal escalation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Roots | 2/3/2014

    " must read. it's quick but still a staple for long term thinking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Blake Maier | 1/3/2014

    " After Reading this while visiting Tallahassee, I have learned why so many people read this for life purposes. Originally created by Sun Tzu during the waring state periods in China, he devised a plan to take advantage of an opponent and insure victory. Something that we can use in everyday life is 'don't fight any battle that you don't have to fight.' If we acted more strategic in the fights in which we partake in, there would be a lot less consequences for nonsense. When I hear about girls who complain about not being able to go out on a weekend night because their parents mandate family time, I can't help but think that if she had agreed to just be with family, then she would be able to go out later and probably with less hassle. Another teaching that i use myself is to always deploy distractions; always try to bate your opponent into a situation that you can take advantage of. This lessons stresses planning a head and understanding what you want to accomplish and how to do it. I use in human relations all the time. Understanding Sun Tzu's teaching is an enriching experience that I highly recommend to everyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Selika | 1/3/2014

    " Foundational book for military history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mloy | 1/1/2014

    " Pretty darn good but a lot of the ideas just go over my head. Good thing that the other half of the book included interpretations of the passages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael H | 12/14/2013

    " The book was most fascinating. With simple to complex military tactics, economic development and leadership, this book, I shall read again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 10/23/2013

    " I'm not sure why I expected complexity from such an old text, but I found this to be easy to read and understand. Sun Tzu's statements at first seem like common knowledge, but all common knowledge comes from somewhere, and our common understanding of the fundamentals of battle come from this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori Grant | 9/10/2013

    " A should-read book on office politics which will happen to you and around you whether you participate in politics or not. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Austin Sims | 9/3/2013

    " As a martial artist this book was an invaluable insight into the interworkings of not only physical combat, but overall logical regimentation in order to achieve goals, which has been a driving force in my success as one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebekah Dirnfeld | 9/1/2013

    " Even to present day, this book makes sense. Amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 João Miranda | 7/17/2013

    " A guide to war and leadership, a book that will certainly follow me for the rest of my life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Knowles | 6/11/2013

    " Very thought provoking, along the line of Machiavelli. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey Dhywood | 6/10/2013

    " A great classic full of wisdom that withstands the ages. To read and meditate "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glenn Harris | 11/20/2012

    " The classic work on the art of warfare. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Naya | 6/1/2012

    " The art of war is common sense but it doesn't hurt to remind ourselves of how calculated we could be. Good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arunoday Chatterjee | 5/17/2012

    " The well illustrated concept is very much applicable to modern day management even outside battlefield. "

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About the Author

Sun-tzu lived in China in the sixth century BC, serving as a general and strategist to the king of Wu.