The Art of WarSun Tzu

The Art of War

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An Apple Books Classic edition.

It’s believed that Sun Tzu wrote this Chinese military primer during the 5th century BC-hundreds of years before the Bible. The book’s 13 chapters explore principles that statesmen around the globe have employed for centuries to defeat their enemies at war.

Sun Tzu starts by mapping out the five fundamental factors that lead to war. He then covers a wide range of topics, from avoiding conflict altogether to strategically positioning soldiers, pulling off tactical maneuvers, and putting spies to use.

Despite the technological advances made since The Art of War was published, Sun Tzu is still considered one of history’s foremost military strategists, and his methods still ring true. While he wrote the book as a manual for those who would literally wield swords, it has reached a much broader audience in this day and age. Warriors of all kinds-like corporate leaders or athletes-seek out Sun Tzu’s wisdom in their quest for success.

The Art of War (Sun Tzu) Book Reviews

TECHNO!!!!I freaked love how half of these comments are about techno’s potato war.Score: 5/5

Can barely tell where the original text startsEssays between 2-3 sentences of original text. I appreciate the effort and I actually like notes, just not more notes than text..Score: 2/5

Have couple copiesBeen reading some of them and I can not stay in place all the time..Score: 4/5

Art of War ReviewReads easy but a few illustrations would’ve helped better. Definitely a read again..Score: 5/5

PotatoThese tactics are great to win a potato war.Score: 5/5

Excellent and well explainedThis book is very good in explaining the “art of war” and using commentaries and deductions to answer possible questions that con with the reading..Score: 5/5

EpicThis book is very epic I saw it in a technoblade video..Score: 5/5

O.K.The book was short, I read it in less than 2 hours. If your attention span isn’t long than it can be a little boring. The book all in all could have just been summed into bullet points and made into a book of quotes. Reading this was more interesting in my current life because I am watching Game of Thrones and you can see a lot of strategies Sun Zhu talks about in the show. All the more interesting..Score: 3/5

It’s pogOk, if I’m being 100% honest I only found out about this book through a Technoblade video awhile ago- but forgetting that the book is pretty good!.Score: 5/5

HE NEVER DIESI also, in fact, got here from Techno.Score: 5/5

GoodGood.Score: 5/5

ExceptionalThis was a great book. I honestly got lost in the wisdom interweaved in certain chapters but I got the main points of the chapters as well. I would most likely recommend this book for young adults learning about life and academics. I strongly encourage others to read this book as it is dripping in wisdom and general life lessons..Score: 5/5

The Art of WarExcellent and well written..Score: 5/5

BeautifulOk thumbs up thanks.Score: 5/5

EpicThis helped me retake the Soviet Union. Thank you Sun Tzu for helping me retake the motherland!.Score: 5/5

BruuuuuuuuuuuuuhTechno never dieeees.Score: 5/5

Blood for the blood godBlood.Score: 5/5

Wanna play minecraft?Potato war would be fun.Score: 5/5

History never diesI have read this book every couple of years for the past 20 years and I am always able to get something new from it. Ancient wisdom that reveals itself as I get older and wiser..Score: 4/5

Technoblade never diesGreat read, I like the commentary but it was a bit confusing until I got into it.Score: 5/5

Bad. Very bad.I haven’t read anything this bad since John Grisham’s “Skipping Christmas.”.Score: 1/5

Great Book for All 14+Attention parents! Must read for any adolescent child who is getting to the stage where they think they know it all. Lots of life’s lessons here!.Score: 5/5

Understanding ChinaI found The Art of War an enlightening read due to its conceptions of war, place in history, and relevance to modern Chinese thinking. Sun Tzu, though his schemas of war are rudimentary (attributable to the lack of contemporary compendiums of military literature we take for granted today), perfectly addresses the realities of how to wage war efficiently and effectively. This work has undoubtably struck a cord that reverberates through history and influences the modern harmony. It can be seen today in how the Chinese Communist Party propagates it’s influence throughout the world by adapting Western ideologies and knowledge, by concealing their ultimate goal of restoring China has the global hegemony, and through the secrecy by which they carry out this goal. They are truly adaptable like “water over various surfaces” and their methods are opaque and destructive without even raising an gun. I came to this book to better understand China, and I’ve found the experience greatly rewarding..Score: 5/5

P O T A T O E SDang he must be in the top 5 when it comes to potato farming, that is below Technoblade..Score: 5/5

Good bookNot the easiest names to read and/ or pronounce. Interesting and informative slice of history..Score: 5/5

It’s a really good bookI started reading this book because my friends kept telling me about it, I’m not really the type to read books, but when I read this book I was shocked on how good it was. 10/10 would read again.Score: 5/5

Content fine, tough formatWell-known book. The formatting of the forms made it a little clunky for me, but probably not easy to do in the electronic format. I would rather see footnotes as links so I can choose when I read them more easily rather than being forced to scroll back and forth..Score: 4/5

Really fun read and very insightfulI can say I really learned a lot from this book it’s an understanding that levels on the border line insane as some things that are and do not change.Score: 4/5

Useless annotations make this 292 pagesThe Art of War is 13 chapters about strategy, applicable to not only war but many other facets of life and endeavors. This edition somehow balloons that simple and short treatise to two hundred and ninety-two pages with meandering anecdotes, useless and redundant rephrases of the previous statements, and lord knows what else. I really hoped the annotations would just be things like historical context or clarification on anything vague that came up, and while some of them are, most are not. I’m just going to read it on a website. I didn’t want to because I wanted a nice ebook format, but I guess that’s not really how this is going to go..Score: 1/5

Amazing bookGreat book, but I swear to god you guys need to stop talking about Technoblade..Score: 5/5

OkBad.Score: 1/5

I love itI think that this book is very useful in both everyday situations and for combat and I just love it in general.Score: 5/5

Tf2Sun tzu said that.Score: 5/5

Good bookYou may be thinking that this book is only for a general, admiral, etc. But it can really be useful for anyone who has some sort of authority. This book tells you about stuff like rewarding your army that could easily be put into the context of stuff like sports teams and businesses. This book has some hard words and there is some commentary that can be at times long but is usually helpful. The book is free though so can’t really complain..Score: 5/5

Whatever you do don’t reveal all your tactics in a YouTube videoThe blood god pig told me to read a historical book so here I am finishing in a few days.Score: 5/5

LoveI love this book I’ve read it many times a true classic.Score: 5/5

Annoying formatThe notes in the middle of the chapters are too disruptive and make it easy to miss things if you try to skip over them..Score: 4/5

A good read!The art of war is quite relatable to other aspects of human quest, it brings a good sense of indulgence while exposing one to military activities. A good read!.Score: 5/5

I haven’t read itI haven’t read it but i saw it in a technoblade video so I LOVE IT 10/10 would recommend.Score: 5/5

A Bit RepetitiveLiked the examples in the footnotes though. Kept it just interesting enough to keep going..Score: 2/5

?H (cc v?Y to v to STyA zombie gÿt XXy.Score: 3/5

Sun Tzu is the GOATGOAT.Score: 5/5

So pretty much I’m here to give blood to the blood godI saw the quotes in a technoblade video and decided to read it. From how much I have read so far, really good book. Love it. Definitely will keep reading..Score: 5/5

Blood for the blood god!NOT EVEN CLOSE BABY TECHNOBLADE NEVER DIES.Score: 5/5

TrueHe never dies.Score: 5/5

Great: Tecno never diesI saw this in a tecnoblade vid and read it through is absolutely worth the effort.Score: 5/5

EsotericThis is not a book with the typical plot structure, it’s like a set of guidelines and info with commentator input, interpretations, and examples. It is a marvelous piece of literature..Score: 5/5

Great Book!Juan Alfaro Estrada.Score: 5/5

DecentGot bored 3/4th way throughout the book. It becomes severely repetitive at some points, even if Sun Tzu or the commentators are attempting to emphasise a point, it is, often, not necessary. It mentions a lot of good points and the commentary is all in all very helpful and somewhat entertaining when they tell stories of generals using the points/methods mentioned by sun tzu. It gives a live example of the method or the mentioned point in the working and shows it’s effect and what principles lie within it. Although sometimes, the comments are rather excessive or extremely long. All in all, 3/5 or 6/10..Score: 3/5

UnderstandingThe naming of wars generals and royalty is confusing without context. A history lesson to proceed the book can enlighten a reader..Score: 2/5

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Art of warThis book is amazing. Couldnt keep my eyes off of it :).Score: 4/5


Bad narrationI tried to read this book but I could not tell what was the narration, and what was Sun Zhu. Overall, pretty darn BAD!.Score: 2/5

OkIt was good but, confusing. You can actually apply this to a lot like sports for instance. I also found some grammar problems where the wrong word was used. Also there are so many Chinese names and there very close to each other which made it hard to understand..Score: 4/5

The art of warLovely intro into the arena of battle.Score: 4/5

Technoblade never diesNerds.Score: 5/5

Annotations super annoyingI would much rather have the annotations separate from the text. There are annotations every line or two, and it's impossible to get the flow of the text or process what the author is actually saying with all the interruptions..Score: 3/5

The art of warA good book wether you dream of commanding an army of ninjas or just need inspiration to organize your life style and best of all it's free.Score: 5/5

AwesomeAglabuga del mundo.Score: 5/5

Where's the flow?Good story ruined by poor commentary. Recommend a version other than this. Very annoying.Score: 2/5

Art of warIf tupac says this is a good book then it should be a good book.Score: 5/5

NnaNo I do not like it.Score: 1/5

Not badI see why it's free. The "commentary" is extremely annoying. I am capable of understanding and forming my own opinion, thanks..Score: 3/5

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The Art of War.This is a time tested truth of man's bloody conquests..Score: 4/5

Explanations that simply weren’t needed.Layout is done poorly. It would be nice to read a direct translation without the extra interpretation and notes from whom ever translated..Score: 1/5

Pretty lameIt was good but very very boring for nothing.Score: 1/5

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The Only Business Book You'll Ever NeedBooks survive for a reason. The wisdom in this book has been regurgitated thousands of times but never bettered. It is the first and only business book you'll ever need..Score: 5/5

BrilliantA timeless strategical and philosophical masterpiece, with many various opinions and interpretations, making it suitable and easy to read for anyone. You don't need to be training as an army officer to appreciate the endless amount of knowledge, much of which can be transferred to general, everyday life..Score: 5/5

Long and boringVery long.Score: 2/5

Brilliant BookI know now how to crush my enemies to a pulp, bring them to their knees and make them beg for mercy. My troops will bring them to the ground and their pride!.Score: 4/5

Great bookWell worth a read..Score: 5/5

Great contemporary military applicationI found this a very interesting and real-life applicable book and the anecdotes made by the commentator(s) are also interesting as well as factual information :D.Score: 5/5

FracturedAlthough a lot of effort has gone into translating the text, the book was pretty unreadable as the sentences are continually fractured by references or commenting on what other people have said. I would have just preferred to read what sun tzu wrote, if they want to add a foreword in fine..Score: 2/5

Great readGreat read!.Score: 4/5

Pretty poggersIt is cool. I will now commit many war crimes with this information.Score: 5/5

TechnoAnyone else come from techno :).Score: 5/5

Great insightThis edition has a wealth of additional notes to contextualise this ancient text to the modern reader with considerations given to the translation. Good read of an often referred to text..Score: 5/5

BoringBook stupid.Score: 1/5

GreatOnly a third through it, but it is a really great read. The commentator does a great job of making the chinese proverbs understandable and makes it easy for any age. I am 16 and i found it compelling. I definately recomend this book despite its length..Score: 5/5

Antiques? War?David Dickenson. True or False?.Score: 5/5

Sun tzuGreat read with some valuable background and surrounding information. I would happily have paid for this- grab it while its free its a steal :).Score: 4/5

Oh my god!! Is the author getting paid by the word??Way too long.... Why use 37 words when one will do?? ... Try another author.Score: 1/5

The art of warThis is a slightly odd version of this book. It reads like an academics first draft. The extra notes and interpretations vary from incomprehensible to fascinating. I would recommend it to a casual reader but don't be afraid to skip the odd page..Score: 4/5

Art of WarFascinating insight on literature over 2000 years old. The contemporaneous examples in the history of Chinese wars were engaging to understand the context - sometimes difficult to follow as am not familiar with the players in the landscape..Score: 4/5

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