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The Art of War: The Essential Translation of the Classic Book of Life Audio CD – Unabridged, February 1, 2008

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SUN-TZU lived in China in the sixth century BC, serving as a general and strategist to the king of Wu.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Blackstone Audio, Inc.; Unabridged edition (February 1, 2008)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Audio CD ‏ : ‎ 8 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1433212501
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1433212505
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 9 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.25 x 1.1 x 5.81 inches
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Sun Tzu is thought to have been a military general and adviser to the king of the southern Chinese state of Wu during the sixth century BCE. Although some modern scholars have called his authorship into doubt, the world's most influential and enduring treatise on military strategy, The Art of War, bears his name.

Sun Tzu&nbsp; fue un&nbsp;general,&nbsp;estratega militar&nbsp;y&nbsp;fil&oacute;sofo&nbsp;de la&nbsp;antigua China. El nombre por el que lo conocemos es en realidad un t&iacute;tulo honor&iacute;fico que significa &laquo;Maestro Sun&raquo;. Su nombre de nacimiento era&nbsp;Sun Wu&nbsp;y fuera de su familia era conocido por su&nbsp;nombre de cortes&iacute;a,&nbsp;Changqing. Tradicionalmente se le considera el autor de&nbsp;El arte de la guerra, un influyente&nbsp;tratado&nbsp;sobre&nbsp;estrategia militar. Sun Tzu ha tenido un impacto significativo en la historia y culturas china y asi&aacute;tica, tanto por escribir&nbsp;El arte de la guerra&nbsp;como por ser una figura hist&oacute;rica legendaria.

Hist&oacute;ricamente se le sit&uacute;a en el per&iacute;odo de las&nbsp;Primaveras y Oto&ntilde;os&nbsp;de&nbsp;China&nbsp;(722-481&nbsp;a.&nbsp;C.) como general militar al servicio del rey&nbsp;Hel&uuml; de Wu, que vivi&oacute; c. 544-496&nbsp;a.&nbsp;C. Los estudiosos modernos aceptan su lugar hist&oacute;rico al situar la creaci&oacute;n de&nbsp;El arte de la guerra&nbsp;en el per&iacute;odo de los&nbsp;Reinos Combatientes&nbsp;(476-221&nbsp;a.&nbsp;C.) con base en las descripciones militares del texto y a la similitud de su prosa con la de otros trabajos creados a comienzos de la etapa de los Reinos Combatientes.

La Editorial Alvi Books le dedic&oacute;, como tributo y reconocimiento, este espacio en Amazon en 2017.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A few grains of truth in a lot of chaff
By B. Chandler on August 24, 2021
Today many of Sun Tzu's quotas are floating around mixed with Shakespeare and the Bible. And as with many of the quotes they are out of context and misleading. The quoter usually thinks repeating the word is some sort of magic.

Most versions of this work spend more time trying to identify and qualify Sun Tzu's writings than just quoting them. I will not go through all the arguments as to who "wrote what when" or "translated what when" as you can read this for yourself.
Another distraction is the attempt to show how the book was applied or not applied in recent wars. This may be interesting to someone whose intention is to apply the theories of Sun Tzu; however, it is not his writing but someone else's interpretation of its application.

Now let's finally get to Sun Tzu. It is easy with hindsight and a closer look at the future to dismiss Sun Tzu as his practical tactical knowledge is of a time and place long gone. He spends a lot of time on the use of weapons and information gathering techniques of the time. This can be interesting in a historical context; otherwise, it is quite amusing.

Oh yes, those grains of truth I mentioned, well they may sound like clichés but they are still viable. "Know your enemy and know yourself". Others are just practical sense and statistical outcomes that you learn in any military training. I could go through the list, but again that is why you buy the book.

Now just as you decide that the book is outdated for any practical purposes today, we have artillery and now stealth and precision, the reminder that "no two wars are alike" and "it is the flexibility that makes a difference" is being shown today to still be true. Even in today's wars, there is a need for good intelligence and deception. We put a lot of time and energy into Psy-Ops. Sun Tzu shows the advantage of specialized units and “crack troops.”

I have spent several years in the military and business and can say this book is a nice addition to history, otherwise of very little value to today's world for war or business.

The most abuse of this book is trying to use it for projects as project management is a science that that was in its infancy at the time this book was written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A few grains of truth in a lot of chaff
By B. Chandler on April 23, 2021
Today many of Sun Tzu's quotas are floating around mixed with Shakespeare and the Bible. And as with many of the quotes they are out of context and misleading. The quoter usually thinks repeating the word is some sort of magic.

Most versions of this work spend more time trying to identify and qualify Sun Tzu's writings than just quoting them. I will not go through all the arguments as to who "wrote what when" or "translated what when" as you can read this for yourself.
Another distraction is the attempt to show how the book was applied or not applied in recent wars. This may be interesting to someone whose intention is to apply the theories of Sun Tzu; however, it is not his writing but someone else's interpretation of its application.

Now let's finally get to Sun Tzu. It is easy with hindsight and a closer look at the future to dismiss Sun Tzu as his practical tactical knowledge is of a time and place long gone. He spends a lot of time on the use of weapons and information gathering techniques of the time. This can be interesting in a historical context; otherwise, it is quite amusing.

Oh yes, those grains of truth I mentioned, well they may sound like clichés but they are still viable. "Know your enemy and know yourself". Others are just practical sense and statistical outcomes that you learn in any military training. I could go through the list, but again that is why you buy the book.

Now just as you decide that the book is outdated for any practical purposes today, we have artillery and now stealth and precision, the reminder that "no two wars are alike" and "it is the flexibility that makes a difference" is being shown today to still be true. Even in today's wars, there is a need for good intelligence and deception. We put a lot of time and energy into Psy-Ops. Sun Tzu shows the advantage of specialized units and “crack troops.”

I have spent several years in the military and business and can say this book is a nice addition to history, otherwise of very little value to today's world for war or business.

The most abuse of this book is trying to use it for projects as project management is a science that that was in its infancy at the time this book was written.
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