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The forward by Marc Benioff is worth the cost of the book
Reviewed in the United States on February 23, 2013
Read through the reviews written here and you'll get a sense of the profound impact Sun Tzu's treatise has had on military officers, businessmen and regular people alike. You'll also read about the amazing work Thomas Huynh has done translating and annotating the treatise and presenting it to the contemporary reader. So I won't linger on the point that studying this book will, without a doubt, help you live a better and more successful life.
I would like to express a point that hasn't been made, however. The 6-page forward Marc Benioff wrote is alone worth the price you'll pay for the entire book. It is excellently written and Benioff tells the story of how he has employed the teachings of Sun Tzu every step of the way in building a $2 billion dollar company from the ground up over the past 14 years.
The key to unlocking the power of Sun Tzu is to take the strategies and tactics he presents and apply them to the every day challenges of your life and work. Benioff is a master of this and he identifies the exact teachings in the text that guided him in devising the creative and bold solutions to problems he faced in building Salesforce.com. Everyone's challenges are different, but the theory to overcoming them remains the same. Seeing how someone else has done it is extremely helpful to someone who seeks to learn how for themselves. You will observe your own creativity and boldness being stirred by the story.
Benioff also zeros in on a key point that you're unlikely to encounter elsewhere. In "The Art of War", this treatise on defeat and victory on the battlefield, there is a surprising theme at the heart of all Sun Tzu's counsel: Compassion. Personally, I find it inspiring that a Chinese general from 2,500 years ago presents the profound ideal of compassion that Marc Benioff lives by.
And I believe you will, too.