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For military use, the book is outdated.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. Download and start listening now!