The Art of War (~500 B.C.) by Sun Tzu
The Art of War (Sunzi bingfa) is a 5th-century BC military treatise written by the Chinese strategist Sun-Tzu (aka Sunzi or Sun Wu). Covering all aspects of warfare, it seeks to advise commanders on how to prepare, mobilize, attack, defend, and treat the vanquished.
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“The Art of War” Show Notes
- What this book is about
- Completely redefining war and the attributes a warrior and a general should have.
- What Sun Tzu sets out to do / Purpose of the book
- Creating a new rulebook on war. Previously war had been for noblemen and was more of a game and show of wealth than anything.
- The intended audience of the book
- Who will benefit most
- Military historians
- Strategy lovers
- Who probably WON’T like “Art of War”
- Lovers of flowing, richly detailed stories.
- Who will benefit most
5:30 – How easy is the book to read?
- Very easy reading wise
- Print: ~80 pages (90 minutes)
- Audiobook: 90 minutes
6:00 – Reviews and significance of “The Art of War”
- The most popular book on military tactics ever written
- Most popular Chinese book world wide
8:30 – Bio of Sun Tzu
- Sun Tzu was a military strategist, general and advisor
- Tzu came from the State of Qi and lived during the Spring and Autumn Period of Chinese history (770 BC – 476 BC)
- This was a tumultuous time in Chinese history when different states battled for dominance
- An occupation that found much demand during this period of intense warfare and military innovation
- Sun Tzu fled the state of Qi before and invasion to the realm of the Wu. The Wu king appointed Sun Tzu as a general in his army
- After a victorious military career Sun Tzu had become a heroic figure to the Wu
- He then summarized his military experiences, which he had gained in the wars during the final phase of spring and autumn.
- Not more details about his life
12:00 – Major Themes of the Book
- Chapter 1: Laying Plans
- Chapter 2: Waging War
- Chapter 3: Attack by Strategy
- Chapter 4: Tactical Dispositions
- Chapter 5: Use of Energy
- Chapter 6: Weak Points and Strong
- Chapter 7: Maneuvering
- Chapter 8: Variation of Tactics
- Chapter 9: The Army on the Marc
- Chapter 10: Classification of Terrain
- Chapter 11: The Nine Situations
- Chapter 12: The Attack by Fire
- Chapter 13: The Use of Spies
16:30 – Jay’s and Matt’s Perspectives