Sun Tzu was a Chinese general who lived around the V century BC. The collection of essays on the art of war Sun Tzu is attributed to the treaty oldest known about it. Despite its age, the advice and quotes of Sun Tzu,  are still keeping force.

The Art of War is the best strategy book of all time. He inspired Napoleon, Machiavelli, Mao Tse Tung and many more historical figures.This book from 2500 years old, is one of the most important classical Chinese texts, which, despite the time elapsed, none of his maxims is obsolete, nor is there a single board that is not useful today. But the work of the general Sun Tzu is not only a book of military practice, but a treaty that teaches the supreme strategy wisely apply the knowledge of human nature in moments of confrontation. It is, therefore, a book about the war; It is a work to understand the roots of a conflict and find a solution.

“The best victory is to win without fighting”,

Sun Tzu says,

“and that is the distinction between him and the ignorant wise man.”

Sun Tzu’s work first came to Europe in the period before the French Revolution, in the form of a brief translation by Jesuit Father JJM Amiot.In the various translations that have been made since then, he is occasionally named the author as Sun Wu and Sun Tzi.



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The core of the philosophy of Sun Tzu on the war rests on two principles: All The Art of War is based on deception. The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.

Sun Tzu’s ideas spread through the rest of Asia to Japan. The Japanese quickly adopted these teachings and possibly added some of his own. There is evidence that Japan’s leading book on the subject, “The Book of Five Rings” is influenced by the philosophy of Sun Tzu, as its author,

Miyamoto Musashi, studied the treaty of “The Art of War” during his training as a Samurai.

Commonly referred to as Eastern cultures is no small strategy and the influence of Sun Tzu in this cultural development. Today, the philosophy of art of war has gone beyond the strictly military limits, applying to business, sports, diplomacy and even personal behavior.For example, many key phrases of modern business management manuals are virtually verbatim quotations from the works of Sun Tzu (changing, for example, by undertaking military or armament resources without going further). The ideas remain fully valid despite the 25 centuries since it was written.



Introduction: Sun Tzu and the “Art of War”

  • 1 . About evaluation
  • 2 . On the initiation of actions
  • 3 . On the propositions of victory and defeat
  • 4 . On the extent of the means available
  • 5 . On the strength
  • 6 . On the full and empty
  • 7 . The direct and indirect confrontation
  • 8 . On the nine changes
  • 9 . On the distribution media
  • 10 . On the topology
  • 11 . On the classes of land
  • 12 . On the art of attack by fire
  • 13 . on harmony and discord

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