Chapter 1. Introduction to The Art of War

Introduction to The Art of War

For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.

 --Sun Tzu

Executive Summary

The Art of War was written by the famed Chinese warrior-philosopher, Sun Tzu, some 2500 years ago. Fittingly, Sun Tzu’s original Art of War is a masterpiece of efficiency. This relatively small volume outlines the strategic precepts of war-fighting with such brevity and clarity that the work has become part of the classic canon of military science. Nonetheless, the concepts elucidated in The Art of War are not limited to the realm of military ...

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