The Art of War by Sun Tzu
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The Art of War by Sun Tzu was written in the 5th century by a Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu. It is an audiobook written on Chinese military strategy and tactics in winning a war. It consists of thirteen chapters. Each chapter details one aspect of war strategy. Sun Tzu was a military general and strategist in Zhou dynasty in China. The Art of War though was originally written for warfare and winning wars, it is widely read by political leaders, military strategist, and business leaders. The book was originally written in Chinese and has been translated into many languages and read worldwide.
Sun Tzu says that when assessing the military conditions objectively, it is important to compare the enemy with yourself, as it can lead to success or failure; victory or defeat. He goes on to elaborate the things which determine victory or defeat- the ability of the generals, advantage derived from heaven and earth, who has more disciplinary action, who has a stronger army, who has a more trained army, and which army has a greater consistency of reward and punishment. He also goes on to say that the war should be kept short and victory should be the prime goal and not fighting lengthy wars as it benefits none.
Sun Tzu also goes on to list the five essentials for victory and says that the person/army with these five qualities will win the war- who knows when to fight and when not to fight, who knows how to handle superior and inferior forces, whose army has the same spirit throughout all ranks, who is prepared and takes the enemy on unprepared, and who has a sovereign and un-interfered military capacity. He also goes on to detail the dangers which affect generals and armies.
The Art of War by Sun Tzu provides detailed and interesting insights into warfare strategies. The author elaborates on how to defeat the enemy without even engaging in a physical battle with them.
The Art of War is relevant in current context. It can be used in business and political domains and even in day to day lives to solve the problems and conflicts in a better manner and gain a competitive advantage over the rivals. It is a must-read for readers of all categories and ages and it remains a timeless classic.