The Art Of War
Disagreement is an inevitable part of life that is what this book is about. This Chinese classic of strategy is assembled two thousand years ago by a philosopher and mysterious warrior. It was written by Sun Tzu in 500BC. The question is who is Sun Tzu? Legend says that he was a Chinese military leader. He was known in the era called Spring and Autumn Period. That time was a period of chaos and trouble in China. The king of some feuding vassal states challenged our Sun Tzu who came out as a winner in the story. So thanks to his victory they put him in charge of the king’s military. It still remains as one of the most influential and prestigious books of strategy in the whole world. The Art of War regards to conflict and competition on the interpersonal and international level. Its main goal is victory without battle, invincibility and mental strength through understanding politics, physics and psychology of conflict. It has influenced Eastern and Western military understanding, legal strategy, tactics and more. The book is short but wisdom behind the book is enormous. Sun Tzu understood that a leader is the one who sets the tone. In any organization this is the truth. The sergeants treat the soldiers in the same way the platoon leaders treat them and so on. Another important thing Sun Tzu is writing about is knowing yourself and your enemy, here is the quote: “So it is said that if you know others and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know others but know yourself, you win one and lose one; if you do not know others and do not know yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.” It is a philosophical and intellectual lesson from a great warrior.
The book presents us the elementary principles of warfare. He gives different kinds of advices on how to defeat the enemy and how and when to fight. Its thirteen chapters show us all kinds of battle strategies. Since its publication, the Art of War has become a military Bible. So many military leaders have been learning from it. The wisdom from the book can be applied in the modern world. Readers easily can take its metaphors as guidelines in life.
The first chapter is PLANNING. Actions must be planned carefully and correctly executed. There are five basics that should be followed: climate, character, leadership, structure and information. Also others must benefit from your service.