Sun Tzu's The Art of War

April 20th, 2005  

Topic: Sun Tzu's The Art of War

Has anybody read the book from start to finish?
April 20th, 2005  
That's not a very long book...
You can find a translation of it here:
May 29th, 2005  
I have the Ralph Sawyer translation. I first read it in high school and have read it a few times since.

It really is worth the read.


May 29th, 2005  
A Can of Man
Read it a few times.
July 16th, 2005  
I got this book thinking it would be great but I was underwhelmed by it. He just states the obvious. "In war to kill the enemy is good, but dont fight." I dont know I just got bored with it.
July 18th, 2005  
^^^ - true, but the problem is that a lot of military leaders forget the obvious, or something may be obvious conceptually but very difficult to operationalize.

Had to read it for ROTC way back when, need to read it again.

July 29th, 2005  

Topic: Read.

I've read The Art of War about 10 times, each time was a different translation. Most of them were too small of differences to notice the different interpretation.

However, the one that I have noticed the biggest difference from the rest and that I would suggest to the person who wants one relevant to themselves instead of just relevant to leadership of a group of people would be the translation of the Art of War by Stephen F. Kaufman.
August 21st, 2005  
The Art of War is a great book, while it does state the obvious, Sun Tzu's advice has probably given many leaders and warriors alike an edge. "i am formless." is probablly my favorite quote.