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The Art of Warfare

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The most widely read military classic in human history, newly translated and revised in accordance with newly discovered materials of unprecedented historical significance. Fluid, crisp and rigorously faithful to the original, this new text is destined to stand as the definitive version of this cornerstone work of Classical Chinese. Of compelling importance not only to students of Chinese history and literature, but to all readers interested in the art or the philosophy of war.
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Overated
I've probably read and browsed 4 -5 different versions of Art of War, each as its applied to business, trading, poker, winning or its original context, as a guide to ancient warfare. Like Machiavelli's "The Prince", the application to another topic is usually inferred and borrows from the original text. If read as just a pure translation, then you have a very proverb-like and verbose description of philosophies and tactics to use when conducting ancient warfare. Intriguing at a high level, yes, interesting to read, not really. I'm not belittling this as an ancient classic, I am belittling the fact that every testosterone, alpha male, type-A thinks this is a must read and a badge of honor if they can drop quotes from it because the application to anything here and now is really pretty weak. It's also quite tedious to read, especially if some Business professor assigns it like its some gospel for business strategy.

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A greag book, with interesting perspective
This is not one of the "life changing" books everyone are always talking about, but it is a really good one. There are a few points that you can take for life, in trading and almost in any kind of human interaction.

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EliottGray Portland, Oregon

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The art of trading
This is a great book that has several amazing insights that will help you in live, business and trading. Recommend reading it to everyone!

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not just about war
the themes and motifs discussed in this book can be applied to any competitive aspect of life. In other words, the book isn't just about war but about competition which includes, business and life-strategy

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An absolute classic
This is one of the best books for business and strategy that I've ever read. There's a reason it is on so many people's reading lists. Must buy/must read.

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Solid
"Simply put, Sun Tzu says that it is better not to fight than to be involved in a conflict, but if you are going to have to fight, then you have to do it to win, and these are the various strategies, often brutal, that will get you that result.

Niccolò Machiavelli, in The Prince says if you are in a position of power and seek to maintain it, it is better to be loved and respected, but if you can't achieve that, then at least enforce respect and these are the, often brutal, strategies that will get that result.

I say, if you are going to be a politician in the generally-winning party and you don't like reading much, The Prince is for you. Very sly. If however you see yourself in opposition, arguing your point, try Sun Tzu first.

For the rest of us the books are short and make interesting historical and somewhat philosophical reading but they aren't going to change your life other than giving you a leg up on the intellectual book ladder, always a plus for the pseuds! "

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No better book on War!
Loved this book. Instant classic would recommend that everyone reads this book!

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yessssss thank you
thank you love this book this not is somthing that you can apply to your life not just trading is grat book read please and the art of suduction are great as well but this book has great info

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