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Author: Sun-tzu Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2008 ISBN: 9781400178414
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"All warfare is based on deception. Thus, when able to attack, we must seem unable. Hold out bait to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him. If he is in superior strength, evade him. If your opponent is quick to anger, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant."

Written before Alexander the Great was born, this Chinese treatise on war has become one of the most influential works on the subject. Read widely in the east since its appearance 2,500 years ago, The Art of War first came to the West with a French Jesuit in 1782. It has been studied by generals from Napoleon to Rommel, and it is still required reading in most military academies of the world.

Although it was meant to be a practical guide to warfare in the age of chariots, many corporate and government leaders have successfully applied its lessons to battles in the modern dog-eat-dog world. Sun Tzu covers all aspects of war in his time, from strategy and tactics to the proper use of terrain and spies. In this version, Sun Tzu's lessons are brought to life with commentaries from ancient Chinese history, which illustrate both the philosophy and the principles of his teachings. Download and start listening now!

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  • “Scott Brick’s steady, imperative tone conveys Sun Tzu’s certainty. Shelly Frasier’s smooth counterpoint…balances Brick’s pronouncements. Transitions between the two are flawless.”

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  • Scott Brick's steady, imperative tone conveys Sun Tzu's certainty. Shelly Frasier's smooth counterpoint...balances Brick's pronouncements. Transitions between the two are flawless. AudioFile

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 5/17/2012

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 GhostlyAspect | 5/20/2011

    " Disappointing. I was expecting something deeper and more unknown. The book is very basic and very simple. I am sure at the time this work was written the substance was very wise and fresh but know it is just dull. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Khuram | 5/17/2011

    " I did not get this book. I'll be honested, i read the executive summary and i was told to read it to draw the parallels in modern business, but i really struggled to put two and two together. I can see how it'd be a great book from a military or strategic perspective, however. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Soli | 5/16/2011

    " If they read "Art of War", you know their strategy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 5/14/2011

    " This is a book tha needs to be read and re-read. There is so much information in it the brain cannot take it all in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 5/12/2011

    " Hard to believe that this was concieved so many years ago yet it still holds so much insight into all types of conflict, even today.
    Amazing....... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 KJ | 5/12/2011

    " Makes you want to put on a suit and go take over something. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 5/9/2011

    " The commentary sometimes gets in the way of the individual aphorisms, but sometimes that's critical so problems in translating can be understood by the reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 F. | 5/8/2011

    " This man taught me to fight when there's a clear objective. He also takes a lot of the chance out of the battle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 5/7/2011

    " A deceptively simple and easy to read treatise actually holds quite a lot of interesting strategies not just to war but to life itself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sam | 5/3/2011

    " Poetic and always confident, the Art of War is still capable of inspiring the modern man with its occasionally dated descriptions.

    This edition also includes a similar piece by Wu Tzu - also worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darrell | 4/29/2011

    " A must read for everyone in the military who happens to have common sense. If more military and political leadership would read this we would have more successful battles, unfortunately they do not. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alea | 4/28/2011

    " Short, but with some very interesting thoughts when the wisdom is applied widely. Or conversely, an interesting way to think about war in the modern day - how much still applies, and the few things that are outdated. "

About the Author

Sun Tzu wrote stratagems over 2,500 years ago that are still pertinent today. What has been established though historical references in the text itself is that The Art of War was probably written between 505 and 496 BC, but the first direct reference to Sun Tzu was made nearly four centuries later. Therefore, an attempt to reconstruct even the outline of Sun Tzu’s life must be based almost wholly on conjecture. 

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, an acclaimed voice artist, screenwriter, and actor, has performed on film, television, and radio. He attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks. winning won more than fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.