The Wisdom of Sun Tzu

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Language: English
Page: 128
Publication Date: 02/2010
ISBN: 9787508517544

Sun Tzu's The Art of War is a Chinese military treatise that was written by Sun Tzu in the 6th century BC, during the Spring and Autumn period. 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 still one of the basic texts. The Art of War is one of the oldest and most successful books on military strategy. It has had an influence on Eastern military thinking, business tactics, and beyond. Sun Tzu suggested the importance of positioning in strategy and that position is affected both by objective conditions in the physical environment and the subjective opinions of competitive actors in that environment. He thought that strategy was not planning in the sense of working through an established list, but rather that it requires quick and appropriate responses to changing conditions. Planning works in a controlled environment, but in a changing environment, competing plans collide, creating unexpected situations. The book was translated into the French language in 1772 by French Jesuit Jean Joseph Marie Amiot, and into English by British officer Everard Ferguson Calthrop in 1905. It likely influenced Napoleon, and leaders as diverse as Mao Zedong, General Vo Nguyen Giap, Baron Antoine-Henri Jomini, and General Douglas MacArthur have claimed to have drawn inspiration from the work. The Art of War has also been applied to business and managerial strategies.

Table of Contents

The Life and Times of Sun Tzu
The Basic Structure of Sun Tzu’s Art of War

Chapter I Laying Plans
On Being Cautious of War
On the Gist of the Book
On Political Elements

Chapter II Waging War
On the Dangers of War
On Quick Victory

Chapter III Attack by Stratagem
On Complete Victory
On Knowing the Enemy and Knowing Yourself

Chapter IV Disposition of Military Strength
On Conquering an Enemy Easily Conquered
On Calculating Power

Chapter V Use of Energy
On Momentum and Timing
On Extraordinary and Normal

Chapter VI Weaknesses and Strengths
To Avoid What is Strong and Strike at What is Weak
On Initiative and Flexibility
On Initiative in War
On the Three Levels of Sun Tzu’s Theory

Chapter VII Maneuvering
On Advantageous Maneuvering
On Turning the Devious into the Direct
On Logistical Support

Chapter VIII Variation in Tactics
On Generals
On War Preparedness

Chapter IX On the March
On Flexible Movement of Troops
On Governing the Forces

Chapter X Terrain
On Aid of Terrain to Operations
On Knowing the Weather and Knowing the Terrain

Chapter XI The Nine Varieties of Ground
On Operational Environment
On the Psychology of an Army
On Coordination and Cooperation

Chapter XII Attack by Fire
On Methods and Principles of Attacking by Fire
On Waste and Stagnation

Chapter XII I Use of Spies
On the Meaning and Principles of Using Spies
On the Structure of Sun Tzu’s Chapters
The Wisdom of Sun Tzu