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For anyone who is curious and fascinated about the history of militaries or even as a strategy guide, this is a seminal work, that doesn't need any introduction per se. The book has guided military strategists and generals for centuries now. Kindle Edition now happens to be free to pick up from Amazon.

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"The Art of War" is an ancient Chinese military treatise that is attributed to Sun Tzu (also referred to as "Sunzi" and "Sun Wu"), a high ranking military general, strategist and tactist. The Art of War has also been applied to business and managerial strategies. Composed of 13 chapters, each of which is devoted to one aspect of warfare. It is said to be the definitive work on military strategies and tactics of its time, and is still read for its military insight which can be applied to business and managerial strategies as well.

Sun Tzu was a Chinese general, military strategist, and philosopher who lived in the Spring and Autumn period of ancient China. Sun Tzu is traditionally credited as the author of The Art of War, a widely influential work of military strategy that has affected both Western and Eastern philosophy. Aside from his legacy as the author of The Art of War, Sun Tzu is revered in Chinese and the Culture of Asia as a legendary historical figure. His birth name was Sun Wu, and he was known outside of his family by his courtesy name Changqing. The name Sun Tzu by which he is best known in the West is an honorific which means "Master Sun".

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Mr.Nutts11/04/2020 15:54

‘What iiiis it good for?’


ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WHOOOOARRR
‘What iiiis it good for?’
Well the classics would be this (The art of war) The Prince by machiavelli, books about the lives of Napoleon, Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great and some others. There was a whole series of books I read on them a few years back. I'll see if I can dig them out tomorrow. Also the 36 Chinese stratagems. I haven't read the book of five rings and 'On war' but they're supposed to be good too.

More recent but brilliant books by Robert greene, namely The 48 laws of power, 33 strategies of war and the art of seduction. Think and grow rich and how to win friends and influence people. Also 'influence' by Robert cialdini. I'm really interested in the samurai and ninja, opposite ends of the Japanese medieval military machine but fascinating in their own ways.

More recently I've been listening to / watching stuff by Chris Voss (he's a former negotiater) oh and I'm a huge fan of Dr Hatsumi (Basically he's ninja royalty).

Oh and I'm not a history or military nut, it's just fascinating reading all this, my aim is to combine and apply these principles to my life going forward and in business.
Thanks OP, this time next year I'll be ruling the world!

If the bloody lockdown gets lifted
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Thank you.
‘What iiiis it good for?’
Mr.Nutts11/04/2020 15:54

‘What iiiis it good for?’


ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WHOOOOARRR
Thanks
Thanks OP, this time next year I'll be ruling the world!

If the bloody lockdown gets lifted
Seriously though, this book is also good for "workplace warfare"! Get your strats up and conquer your colleagues!
Mr.Nutts11/04/2020 15:54

‘What iiiis it good for?’


With everyone unable to go out much, I can only assume it's for annoying neighbours.
ahleung11/04/2020 17:07

Seriously though, this book is also good for "workplace warfare"! Get your …Seriously though, this book is also good for "workplace warfare"! Get your strats up and conquer your colleagues!


Although this is the oldest and original works on the art of warfare, it's a bit dated with regards to tactics. And for office or work warfare, there are much better books out there.
Thank you
Cheers OP, read this years ago and don't know where my tree pulp copy is.
Good for Total War games.
Edited by: "horseymchorseface" 11th Apr
Thx m8
Xmob11/04/2020 17:16

Although this is the oldest and original works on the art of warfare, it's …Although this is the oldest and original works on the art of warfare, it's a bit dated with regards to tactics. And for office or work warfare, there are much better books out there.

Genuinely interested in other books on this subject, are there any you recommend?
BluebirdRobin11/04/2020 22:33

Genuinely interested in other books on this subject, are there any you …Genuinely interested in other books on this subject, are there any you recommend?


Can I get back to you on that tomorrow? Would you like to know about the classics such as the one OP linked? Or more modern / contemporary?
Xmob11/04/2020 22:37

Can I get back to you on that tomorrow? Would you like to know about the …Can I get back to you on that tomorrow? Would you like to know about the classics such as the one OP linked? Or more modern / contemporary?


Both if poss, I'm interested too
Well the classics would be this (The art of war) The Prince by machiavelli, books about the lives of Napoleon, Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great and some others. There was a whole series of books I read on them a few years back. I'll see if I can dig them out tomorrow. Also the 36 Chinese stratagems. I haven't read the book of five rings and 'On war' but they're supposed to be good too.

More recent but brilliant books by Robert greene, namely The 48 laws of power, 33 strategies of war and the art of seduction. Think and grow rich and how to win friends and influence people. Also 'influence' by Robert cialdini. I'm really interested in the samurai and ninja, opposite ends of the Japanese medieval military machine but fascinating in their own ways.

More recently I've been listening to / watching stuff by Chris Voss (he's a former negotiater) oh and I'm a huge fan of Dr Hatsumi (Basically he's ninja royalty).

Oh and I'm not a history or military nut, it's just fascinating reading all this, my aim is to combine and apply these principles to my life going forward and in business.
Comes in handy post wedding cake.
Xmob11/04/2020 23:19

Well the classics would be this (The art of war) The Prince by …Well the classics would be this (The art of war) The Prince by machiavelli, books about the lives of Napoleon, Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great and some others. There was a whole series of books I read on them a few years back. I'll see if I can dig them out tomorrow. Also the 36 Chinese stratagems. I haven't read the book of five rings and 'On war' but they're supposed to be good too. More recent but brilliant books by Robert greene, namely The 48 laws of power, 33 strategies of war and the art of seduction. Think and grow rich and how to win friends and influence people. Also 'influence' by Robert cialdini. I'm really interested in the samurai and ninja, opposite ends of the Japanese medieval military machine but fascinating in their own ways. More recently I've been listening to / watching stuff by Chris Voss (he's a former negotiater) oh and I'm a huge fan of Dr Hatsumi (Basically he's ninja royalty).Oh and I'm not a history or military nut, it's just fascinating reading all this, my aim is to combine and apply these principles to my life going forward and in business.



Xmob11/04/2020 22:37

Can I get back to you on that tomorrow? Would you like to know about the …Can I get back to you on that tomorrow? Would you like to know about the classics such as the one OP linked? Or more modern / contemporary?


Try anything by jocko Willink too Found them quite usefull
I think my kids have read this, judging by our 3 weeks of lockdown this must be standard reading at infant school.
Thanks matwalaboy🙃
The Chanakya Niti is older than the Art of War and for me it is far more interesting and incredibly relevant today as it offers a rounded approach through personal development.
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This is worth reading so you can nod wisely at every Sc-fi character that quotes it in a film.
This book is rubbish!

I am still waiting on the bank of the river & the body of my enemy has still not gone by!
Joe90_guy12/04/2020 10:26

This book is rubbish!I am still waiting on the bank of the river & the …This book is rubbish!I am still waiting on the bank of the river & the body of my enemy has still not gone by!


Unacceptable! I'd write in and complain mate
Xmob11/04/2020 23:19

Well the classics would be this (The art of war) The Prince by …Well the classics would be this (The art of war) The Prince by machiavelli, books about the lives of Napoleon, Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great and some others. There was a whole series of books I read on them a few years back. I'll see if I can dig them out tomorrow. Also the 36 Chinese stratagems. I haven't read the book of five rings and 'On war' but they're supposed to be good too. More recent but brilliant books by Robert greene, namely The 48 laws of power, 33 strategies of war and the art of seduction. Think and grow rich and how to win friends and influence people. Also 'influence' by Robert cialdini. I'm really interested in the samurai and ninja, opposite ends of the Japanese medieval military machine but fascinating in their own ways. More recently I've been listening to / watching stuff by Chris Voss (he's a former negotiater) oh and I'm a huge fan of Dr Hatsumi (Basically he's ninja royalty).Oh and I'm not a history or military nut, it's just fascinating reading all this, my aim is to combine and apply these principles to my life going forward and in business.


Loved "Influence" by Caldini, he presented to us at our company conference in Arizona, I was totally blown away - still keep his principles in my wallet :-)

Always told my kids if they could read only 3 books for life/work.....7 habits (Covey) Influence (Caldini) and 12 rules for life (Peterson)
Joe90_guy12/04/2020 10:26

This book is rubbish!I am still waiting on the bank of the river & the …This book is rubbish!I am still waiting on the bank of the river & the body of my enemy has still not gone by!


What are you doing there. Don’t you know there is lock down.
spencerslide12/04/2020 11:30

Loved "Influence" by Caldini, he presented to us at our company conference …Loved "Influence" by Caldini, he presented to us at our company conference in Arizona, I was totally blown away - still keep his principles in my wallet :-)Always told my kids if they could read only 3 books for life/work.....7 habits (Covey) Influence (Caldini) and 12 rules for life (Peterson)


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You've just reminded me I need to finish reading these 2 books. I've read 7 habits years ago, very good book. So many great books I need to read again or buy and make time for.

BTW I would love to see Cialdini live!
Xmob12/04/2020 11:45

[Image] You've just reminded me I need to finish reading these 2 books. …[Image] You've just reminded me I need to finish reading these 2 books. I've read 7 habits years ago, very good book. So many great books I need to read again or buy and make time for.BTW I would love to see Cialdini live!


Caldini spoke for 2 hours, used 7 slides and got the longest standing ovation I've seen in business - totally unforgettable.

Yeah, they are the three books that can act as roadmaps for my kids (or anyone) career/Covey, morals and ethics/Peterson, and how to navigate life with mastery/Caldini

Until I actually started to apply the principles layed out in these books, my career was stagnant, I was looking at life through quite a bland scope but now all is different, now a company director and all I did was act true to what these people advise.
Especially Peterson, no other human has had the influence on me that he has, I found him through the controversy but stayed for the content.
stuffedmushroom12/04/2020 11:38

What are you doing there. Don’t you know there is lock down.


But...but...I've been awaiting on the bank of the river since I bought the first edition in 500 BC. What if I go into lock down & the minute my back's turned, the body of my sodding enemy floats past????
spencerslide12/04/2020 11:54

Caldini spoke for 2 hours, used 7 slides and got the longest standing …Caldini spoke for 2 hours, used 7 slides and got the longest standing ovation I've seen in business - totally unforgettable.Yeah, they are the three books that can act as roadmaps for my kids (or anyone) career/Covey, morals and ethics/Peterson, and how to navigate life with mastery/CaldiniUntil I actually started to apply the principles layed out in these books, my career was stagnant, I was looking at life through quite a bland scope but now all is different, now a company director and all I did was act true to what these people advise.Especially Peterson, no other human has had the influence on me that he has, I found him through the controversy but stayed for the content.


I don't find that hard to believe, the man deserves it. You know you've made it when other prominent people use you as a reference.

You must have read Think and grow rich? Not the easiest book to digest because it's so old but that one book is solely responsible for the whole industry even existing (my opinion of course).

That's great to hear and truly inspirational. I used to read loads and loads of these types of books around 10 years ago but I lost my way, as some of them contradicted each other. I have my own set of principles now, and my career trajectory is looking good. After the dust settles on this pandemic, the country and indeed the world won't be the same again but even that doesn't scare me anymore.
This is good, but I prefer Zapp Brannigan's Big Book of War...
Xmob11/04/2020 17:16

Although this is the oldest and original works on the art of warfare, it's …Although this is the oldest and original works on the art of warfare, it's a bit dated with regards to tactics. And for office or work warfare, there are much better books out there.


Example?
Xmob11/04/2020 23:19

Well the classics would be this (The art of war) The Prince by …Well the classics would be this (The art of war) The Prince by machiavelli, books about the lives of Napoleon, Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great and some others. There was a whole series of books I read on them a few years back. I'll see if I can dig them out tomorrow. Also the 36 Chinese stratagems. I haven't read the book of five rings and 'On war' but they're supposed to be good too. More recent but brilliant books by Robert greene, namely The 48 laws of power, 33 strategies of war and the art of seduction. Think and grow rich and how to win friends and influence people. Also 'influence' by Robert cialdini. I'm really interested in the samurai and ninja, opposite ends of the Japanese medieval military machine but fascinating in their own ways. More recently I've been listening to / watching stuff by Chris Voss (he's a former negotiater) oh and I'm a huge fan of Dr Hatsumi (Basically he's ninja royalty).Oh and I'm not a history or military nut, it's just fascinating reading all this, my aim is to combine and apply these principles to my life going forward and in business.


Yh
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