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"Book One of The Warrior Series Sun Tzu and Sun Pin's timeless strategic masterpieces are constantly analyzed and interpreted by leaders worldwide. For the first time ever, author D.E. Tarver explains the classic texts, The Art of War by Sun Tzu and The Art of Warfare by Sun Pin, in plain English. War is the perfect training ground for teaching Sun Tzu's ancient philosophies "Book One of The Warrior Series Sun Tzu and Sun Pin's timeless strategic masterpieces are constantly analyzed and interpreted by leaders worldwide. For the first time ever, author D.E. Tarver explains the classic texts, The Art of War by Sun Tzu and The Art of Warfare by Sun Pin, in plain English. War is the perfect training ground for teaching Sun Tzu's ancient philosophies to attaining victory over an opponent. The Art of War outlines the steps for outwitting the enemy, be it an army of 10,000 or an unresponsive client. The Art of War teaches leaders strategies to attain victory by: Knowing when to stand up to an opponent, and when to back down. How to be confident without being overly confident. Considering the cost of the campaign before launching an attack. Avoiding an opponent's strengths and striking his weaknesses. ""The one who is first to the field of battle has time to rest, while his opponent rushes into the conflict weary and confused. The first will be fresh and alert. The second will waste most of his energy trying to catch up."" Be the first to the battlefield with The Art of War."


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"Book One of The Warrior Series Sun Tzu and Sun Pin's timeless strategic masterpieces are constantly analyzed and interpreted by leaders worldwide. For the first time ever, author D.E. Tarver explains the classic texts, The Art of War by Sun Tzu and The Art of Warfare by Sun Pin, in plain English. War is the perfect training ground for teaching Sun Tzu's ancient philosophies "Book One of The Warrior Series Sun Tzu and Sun Pin's timeless strategic masterpieces are constantly analyzed and interpreted by leaders worldwide. For the first time ever, author D.E. Tarver explains the classic texts, The Art of War by Sun Tzu and The Art of Warfare by Sun Pin, in plain English. War is the perfect training ground for teaching Sun Tzu's ancient philosophies to attaining victory over an opponent. The Art of War outlines the steps for outwitting the enemy, be it an army of 10,000 or an unresponsive client. The Art of War teaches leaders strategies to attain victory by: Knowing when to stand up to an opponent, and when to back down. How to be confident without being overly confident. Considering the cost of the campaign before launching an attack. Avoiding an opponent's strengths and striking his weaknesses. ""The one who is first to the field of battle has time to rest, while his opponent rushes into the conflict weary and confused. The first will be fresh and alert. The second will waste most of his energy trying to catch up."" Be the first to the battlefield with The Art of War."

30 review for The Art of War/The Art of Warfare

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jon Nakapalau

    The classic book on warfare...the standard that all other books on warfare are measured against.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Charles Volchansky

    One of the great classical works. Many believe that the subject of this work pertains only to war, sports, and business. Yet this work provides insight to relationships.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tarique Ejaz

    13 broad strategies succulent with generalized yet highly effective techniques. If you are at war and are uncertain as to what to do. Well, my friend, you need to take a lesson in the Art of War. It is not just a book of rules or a story book. It is rather a set of principles to guide one if he decides to go to war in any facet of life, be it personal, professional, academic, etc. Although I must agree that in a corporate setting, this book is nothing short of a gem. "If someone is being humble an 13 broad strategies succulent with generalized yet highly effective techniques. If you are at war and are uncertain as to what to do. Well, my friend, you need to take a lesson in the Art of War. It is not just a book of rules or a story book. It is rather a set of principles to guide one if he decides to go to war in any facet of life, be it personal, professional, academic, etc. Although I must agree that in a corporate setting, this book is nothing short of a gem. "If someone is being humble and polite to your inquisitions, understand that they are completely prepared and ready to attack." Simple philosophies stated serenely. However, given the age at which they were written, certain ideas are damn dead straight forward and hardly arouses any sense of rethinking for these concepts are generic. After all, the Art of War is just a lesson perceived and adapted varyingly by each who ascertains to delve into its secrets.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Grzegorz

    Sun Tzu's "The Art of War" seemed like more universal part of this book than Sun Pin's "The Art of Warfare". By more universal I mean the fact that bigger part of Sun Tzu work seems still up to date and proper to apply in many situations, not only military ones. Maybe because it was more "general", not as specific as Sun Pin's work? Although I felt like I need to pick parts that would be right for me and modern situations, it's not like it's universal book with universal wise words that will guid Sun Tzu's "The Art of War" seemed like more universal part of this book than Sun Pin's "The Art of Warfare". By more universal I mean the fact that bigger part of Sun Tzu work seems still up to date and proper to apply in many situations, not only military ones. Maybe because it was more "general", not as specific as Sun Pin's work? Although I felt like I need to pick parts that would be right for me and modern situations, it's not like it's universal book with universal wise words that will guide you through every problem in life and is always right, no matter what is the context of that problem. Some parts feel to me like clearly military thing, and to say more, ancient military thing, so they may be not even good when it comes to modern military. I mentioned that "The Art of War" seemed for me like a better source of wise words for nowadays reader, but I found few nice quotes in Sun Pin's work too, and I am glad that those two books were joined together and released like that, with comments. It's just how I feel about it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kory

    As a kid, the only books i read were about war, religions or had lots of pictures and words like "Wham!" and "Ka-Pow!". The Art of War is a book i have had in my collection for twenty years and this version is my favorite due to the aded commentary and context of the passages. This book is still relevant today. As a kid, the only books i read were about war, religions or had lots of pictures and words like "Wham!" and "Ka-Pow!". The Art of War is a book i have had in my collection for twenty years and this version is my favorite due to the aded commentary and context of the passages. This book is still relevant today.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rian Nejar

    A succinct and clarifying translation of The Art of War, a work that has stood the test of time. As the author himself states, there are no 'pages of personal dribble or opinion' within; he does not ask one to snatch a pebble or call the reader 'grasshopper.' An enjoyable, easy to read book that is well worth the time spent for those in battle, for survival, or success. A succinct and clarifying translation of The Art of War, a work that has stood the test of time. As the author himself states, there are no 'pages of personal dribble or opinion' within; he does not ask one to snatch a pebble or call the reader 'grasshopper.' An enjoyable, easy to read book that is well worth the time spent for those in battle, for survival, or success.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Souvik Khamrui

    States general rules to be followed to win a warfare - nothing extraordinary.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Groot

    This is not a business book, btw, no matter what its placement in bookstores. It's about... the art of war. This is not a business book, btw, no matter what its placement in bookstores. It's about... the art of war.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tony Spicer

    This classic of Chinese military philosophy has been used as a guide to military and business tacticians, alike. The ideas contained within the book are not reserved for military commanders and business executives. Rather, Sun Tzu's ideas are helpful to a person trying to buy a car, a house, "this" bushel of potatoes rather than "that" bushel of potatoes, walking through a questionable neighborhood, being victimized by inter-office politics, running for a local school board, or trying to convinc This classic of Chinese military philosophy has been used as a guide to military and business tacticians, alike. The ideas contained within the book are not reserved for military commanders and business executives. Rather, Sun Tzu's ideas are helpful to a person trying to buy a car, a house, "this" bushel of potatoes rather than "that" bushel of potatoes, walking through a questionable neighborhood, being victimized by inter-office politics, running for a local school board, or trying to convince one's significant other to take out the garbage. Taken as a "method of living," it also goes a long way to helping one avoid the "beige hell" that often accompanies age and growing comfortable in our space. That is to say, Sun Tzu's philosophical side can help us shake up the nest and live a little. This edition of the book contains commentary by Ralph Sawyer, whose insights, explanation, and delineation of Sun Tzu's ideas is pretty enlightening; I don't always agree with him, but his tone suggests that everyone may not, and that he doesn't mind. The book contains The Art of War, but also Military Methods, by Sun Pin, a follower of Sun Tzu, whom the editor argues may have either been a contemporary, or that they may have been the same person. Either way, the texts work so well together that, to read Tzu, one must read Pin. The are both enlightening, and the edition is quite wonderful.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    Maybe it was the translator...maybe the material...maybe it's just a very old style of writing, but I struggled to finish this 'classic'. The general, Sun Tzu (aka Wu Tsu), outlines the rules of war in 13 easy steps....rules that could be, and have been, translated into the corporate world, a blueprint for success. Sun Pin's comments are clumsily interspersed with Wu's. There are, more likely, 14 steps, if you include boredom (the General spoke: "After beheading the commanders of the drill team Maybe it was the translator...maybe the material...maybe it's just a very old style of writing, but I struggled to finish this 'classic'. The general, Sun Tzu (aka Wu Tsu), outlines the rules of war in 13 easy steps....rules that could be, and have been, translated into the corporate world, a blueprint for success. Sun Pin's comments are clumsily interspersed with Wu's. There are, more likely, 14 steps, if you include boredom (the General spoke: "After beheading the commanders of the drill teams, the general read his entire 13 points of the conduct of war to the assembly of troops....whereupon they collectively beheaded themselves."...so spoke Ssu-ma Ch'ien. The points Sun Tzu raises are valid, mostly relating to common sense. I can actually understand that this short treatise could be used as an outline for success, but only if carried-out metaphorically. I wonder if Alexander the Great read this? Or, better yet, was Homer actually Sun Tzu?

  11. 4 out of 5

    Hunter C.

    Sun Tzu's Art of war This book is a extremely good book. It takes you through the history of ancient China and teaches you life lessons and strategies along the way. His strategies have been read by strategists to business men. And is still incredibly hard to interpret. I recommend this book to any deep thinker or strategical person. The interpretation of it is much simpler than other additions and anyone older than 12 should understand it. Sun Tzu's Art of war This book is a extremely good book. It takes you through the history of ancient China and teaches you life lessons and strategies along the way. His strategies have been read by strategists to business men. And is still incredibly hard to interpret. I recommend this book to any deep thinker or strategical person. The interpretation of it is much simpler than other additions and anyone older than 12 should understand it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    DilanAc

    Amazing - this was written around 600 BCE - more than 2600 years ago, and yet it is still remarkably relevant. I am certainly not interested in war and its strategy nor even in the functioning of organizations but yet this intrigued me. I wonder how much of it could serve as a metaphor for other aspects of life. "There are roads not to take. Armies not to attack." Amazing - this was written around 600 BCE - more than 2600 years ago, and yet it is still remarkably relevant. I am certainly not interested in war and its strategy nor even in the functioning of organizations but yet this intrigued me. I wonder how much of it could serve as a metaphor for other aspects of life. "There are roads not to take. Armies not to attack."

  13. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Read this for my book club. Actually listened to it on audiobook. It was interesting, but overly specific in some instances. I tended to get bogged down in the minutia. Overall some really good tips to vanquish my enemy and for staging my next attack.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Conant

    Great info but it just kind of ended...

  15. 5 out of 5

    Harkes

    Reading it... Too deep a book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mutturaj

    read it i know you like it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Telai

    the transcriptions were confusing. i didn't like the footnotes the transcriptions were confusing. i didn't like the footnotes

  18. 4 out of 5

    Adam Brown

    A must read for everyone

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bob Duncanson

    Interesting take on the strategy of war. Can see many applications that can be transferred to other types of endeavors.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Charles M.

    This classic not only teaches one the maneuvers of warfare, but of life!!! Recently rated one of top 10 tough reads or books one does not truthfully tell whether he/she read it!

  21. 5 out of 5

    April23

    Cleverness has never been seen associated with long delays.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Fernando

    This is a good manual. I feel like I can open any page and find wisdom that I can apply to any situation. That said, its hard to read and extremely boring.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ari Rubin

    A difficult one to review because of the nature of this edition. Sun Tzu is excellent as always, and the translation is readable a clear. Sun Pin, whom I was looking forward to reading for the first time, did not impress me as much, which is a shame because the edition markets itself as “complete” because it includes Sun Pin. It is a decent book, but pales in comparison to his more famous ancestor. The scholarship is excellent, and the intro is informative, but the commentary, which is extensive A difficult one to review because of the nature of this edition. Sun Tzu is excellent as always, and the translation is readable a clear. Sun Pin, whom I was looking forward to reading for the first time, did not impress me as much, which is a shame because the edition markets itself as “complete” because it includes Sun Pin. It is a decent book, but pales in comparison to his more famous ancestor. The scholarship is excellent, and the intro is informative, but the commentary, which is extensive, trended a bit too much toward application in the corporate world for my taste. I wish the editor stuck more to historical notes rather than bring everything back to corporate politics and 20th century warfare. The text has many interpretations, and should speak for itself. Still Sun Tzu is excellent, the index of strategic concepts is helpful, and it’s a well-put together book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shaivahn

    Seminal work not just on warfare but any competitive endeavour. Sun Tzu's classic treatise is less a field manual and more of a work of philosophy applied to the military context. The principles contained in "The Art of War" have proven timeless, useful across a number of contexts including business and sport. The Art of War is to be consumed in an analytical, conceptual manner rather than as one would with a typical fiction novel. The Art of War is also designed to be carried and referred back Seminal work not just on warfare but any competitive endeavour. Sun Tzu's classic treatise is less a field manual and more of a work of philosophy applied to the military context. The principles contained in "The Art of War" have proven timeless, useful across a number of contexts including business and sport. The Art of War is to be consumed in an analytical, conceptual manner rather than as one would with a typical fiction novel. The Art of War is also designed to be carried and referred back to, rather than skimmed once and never touched again. Although the language is rather archaic (depending on translated edition used) each principle can be applied by analogous reasoning to modern situations. Pros: - Valuable work across time and space, applicable to any competitive situation between individuals and groups regardless of context. - Eastern, rather than a Western, approach to philosophy. Surprisingly, the work has become even more popular in the West than the East. Fills gaps in Western thought including collective action, deception, subversion and harmony at all levels of command. - Covers the importance of warfare as an extension of political action, serving as a timely reminder that violence is not an option to be taken lightly due to significant economic cost. Cons: - Archaic language requires a well-translated edition and some pause/independent research to understand the work. - Difficult to apply a number of lessons from "The Art of War" to Western problems due to cultural differences, such as the need for transparency and decentralized command structures. - The work lacks techniques to deal with negotiation and diplomacy inside and outside any group, simply focusing on winning the immediate fight. Interesting oversight, given the emphasis on political motivations and economic costs associated with war. Rating: 10/10

  25. 4 out of 5

    JSH Placie

    I first read this book back in elementary school because I hoped it would make me better at Romance of the Three Kingdoms for the NES. It did. Look, I know that there's a million douche bags who have waxed rhapsodic about how this is still a great thing to read if you want to win at business or at sports or whatever. But they aren't wrong. Not only is this a great work on strategy, but it's a definitive text on leadership. There are definitely parts that have little if any relevance to the moder I first read this book back in elementary school because I hoped it would make me better at Romance of the Three Kingdoms for the NES. It did. Look, I know that there's a million douche bags who have waxed rhapsodic about how this is still a great thing to read if you want to win at business or at sports or whatever. But they aren't wrong. Not only is this a great work on strategy, but it's a definitive text on leadership. There are definitely parts that have little if any relevance to the modern reader. There's a whole chapter on how to use fire as a weapon (though that did help in Romance of the Tree Kingdoms. I think the game designers read the same book). But I've even used his leadership advice in parenting. If you are thinking "what kind of asshole raises his kids in accordance with the Art of War?" keep in mind that Sun Tsu was all about fairness and consistency in leadership, and parent is a leadership position. Personally, I think Sun Tsu was also surprisingly compassionate. I don't think he really liked war. I think that he lived in a time when war was pretty unavoidable so he just figured he might as well get good at it. That is if he even was just one person. Some scholars think that he's a mythical amalgam of several real generals. If so than my thesis goes all to shit.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Todd

    Excellent edition of two standard historical works. This edition contains Sun Tzu's, The Art of War and Sun Pin's, Military Methods. Both works have commentary at the end of each chapter, Chronologies for both Dynasties, and a very well written Introduction giving the reader a nice historical context of both works, extant manuscript issues, etc. Excellent edition of two standard historical works. This edition contains Sun Tzu's, The Art of War and Sun Pin's, Military Methods. Both works have commentary at the end of each chapter, Chronologies for both Dynasties, and a very well written Introduction giving the reader a nice historical context of both works, extant manuscript issues, etc.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lucas Carmo

    Of course it is a must read, but it is logically overrated as "bible of strategy". It is interesting to see how the ideas of more than 2,000 years suits to contemporary standards, but we can not assimilate that the business world have leaders formed by the ideas and contradictions of Sun Tzu. Of course it is a must read, but it is logically overrated as "bible of strategy". It is interesting to see how the ideas of more than 2,000 years suits to contemporary standards, but we can not assimilate that the business world have leaders formed by the ideas and contradictions of Sun Tzu.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Hyde

    good for newbie.. in life..

  29. 5 out of 5

    Philip

    This is really two books in one: Sun Tzu's and Sun Pin's. I only read Sun Tzu. Does that count as finishing the book? I don't know, but I'm going to count it anyways. This is really two books in one: Sun Tzu's and Sun Pin's. I only read Sun Tzu. Does that count as finishing the book? I don't know, but I'm going to count it anyways.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Danae Claire

    The best advice about life can be found in this book also

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