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The Art of War

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The Art of War by Sun Tzu Book Summary

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

I enjoyed this bookIt was a very easy read..Score: 5/5

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

Great Book!Juan Alfaro Estrada.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

Anyone play destinySo yeah, if you want to get better at the crucible you should read this..Score: 5/5

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

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

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

Great classicThanks for the classic! Always enjoy reading this book..Score: 5/5

SidetrackedVery good book. However for my personal tastes, it was really hard to get into and finish. It did feel like the paragraphs were rambling on..Score: 3/5

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

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

Have couple copiesBeen reading some of them and I can not stay in place all the time..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

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

Sun Tzu is the GOATGOAT.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

MyMm.Score: 5/5

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

A Great Classic, But This Version Is Hard To FollowI think it’s safe to say that even if you haven’t read this book, you’ve definately heard of it before. This is a classic, and as far as I can tell, speaking as someone who can’t speak the least bit of Chinese, a fairly good translation as well. However there is one drawback. I had to read this book for school, but being unable to go to the library or the book store for obvious reasons, my parents and I began looking for a digital solution. Apple’s free classic books are great finds, and we were thrilled to find “The Art of War” on here. Part way through the first chapter I realized that this was more than just the book, a (honestly kind of distracting) commentary. The ratio of book to commentary ranged from a phrase, to a sentence, to a paragraph of the book, followed by a sentence, to a paragraph, to a couple of pages of commentary. Granted the commentary was useful at certain poitns (i.e clarifying names of people and dynasties, clarafying time lines, explaining how certain events played out, etc.), but at other points (the majority) it just made things rather hard to follow as someone who just wnated to read the book. However I did find a solution, if you see an opening bracket: [ skip till after you see a closing bracket: ] I’m not complaining, as for a free version in the middle of a pandemic this is an excellent iteration of Sun Tzu’s work, but I can see this being harder to follow for some than other’s..Score: 3/5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GoodGood.Score: 5/5

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

TechnoTechnoblade never dies.Score: 5/5

BeautifulOk thumbs up thanks.Score: 5/5

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

TrueHe never dies.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

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

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

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

Great Read !🔥.Score: 5/5

HE NEVER DIESI also, in fact, got here from Techno.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

Blood for the blood godBlood.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

Tf2Sun tzu said that.Score: 5/5

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

BruuuuuuuuuuuuuhTechno never dieeees.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

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

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

OkBad.Score: 1/5

Easy to skip commentaryI enjoyed this book quite a bit. My only negative response was the significant amount of commentary. However, I did not find it to difficult to skip around it and some was helpful, so overall I’m still giving it a positive rating..Score: 4/5

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

AwesomeAglabuga del mundo.Score: 5/5

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

Technoblade never diesNerds.Score: 5/5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Art Of WarWhen Going To Do Battle,... See Battle Win & Win Battle When First Approaching Battle Field In One’s Mind & Win... Decimating Everyone Of Your Enemies & Everything In Your Path... Complete Your Battle Win. This Principle Battle Stance Is Successful In All Projects Attempted. Self Achievement Through Willfully Strong Mental Concentration & Determination All The Way To The ‘Battle’s End Game Completion’... War The Art Of: ...A Very Good Book.... I first read this old Chinese Book when I was only 17. I recommend it for all students from & in any course. Get this. Cheers... Danner.Score: 5/5

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Some odd posts here"divide overflow". get your head checked because this was one of the best books ever written. p.s general, sun tzu won many battles and was a presteiged general in ancient history. get a life....Score: 5/5

LolI didn't even read it . I only kept it open so my teacher thought I was reading.Score: 5/5

Chinese superiority over the barbariansSun Tzu's Art of War represents one of the many aspects of Chinese People's superiority over the rest of the world, especially the west barbs. The west tries to learn sun tzu but in perill due to their own arrogance and self-worshipping. So the west could forget sun tzu and stick back to their own barbarian way..Score: 5/5

This book was confusingIt was rambling about Chinese stuff and generally NOT making sense. You will regret getting this. :(.Score: 1/5

AwesomeNot bad for a beginner reader.Score: 2/5

GhostsThe best thing about books are not the same as a result of a new contractors something's wrong don't mean you can't have fun and I don't know how to make books.Score: 3/5

GreatGood to have it on here for reference..Score: 5/5

Pog bookPog champ watch technoblade.Score: 4/5

Overhyped rubbish.The hype surrounding the ramblings of a Chinese pseudo-philosopher peasant makes this a complete disappointment. It's actually LESS painful reading Ayn Rand than this drivel. Seriously, save your time. We know we're all reading it for coffee shop intellectual epeen boosting. Just pretend you read it, just like everyone else does..Score: 1/5

Art of warVery interesting insight to the various strategies and defences of war..Score: 5/5

How big is the book?Please help.Score: 1/5

What is epeen?I couldn't find a definition for it. Sorry, I don't hang around hipster coffee shops..Score: 5/5

Not badePretty good for free I would say maybe Read it if so bored.Score: 3/5

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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

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

Long and boringVery long.Score: 2/5

TechnoAnyone else come from techno :).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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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