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"The Art of War: The Denma Translation" by Sun Tzu

PUBLISHER: Shambhala

PUBLISHED DATE: March 19, 2002

ISBN: 978-1570629044

PAGES: 272

The fact that I'm reading this tells you what shape my life is in right now... That's okay, they say life is a battlefield, so to be ready I read The Art of War by ancient Chinese military strategist, Sun Tzu. Though this book is full of wisdom, I had to do a lot of bending to make the lessons applicable to my life. I listened to the audiobook version of this book, and the performance was quite lackluster. I just wanted to leave some quotes that I found most helpful to me here:

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

“Supreme excellence consists of breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.”

“In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity”

“The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.”

“Treat your men as you would your own beloved sons. And they will follow you into the deepest valley.”

“What the ancients called a clever fighter is one who not only wins, but excels in winning with ease.”

Recommendation: If you're a military strategist and want to dominate on the battlefield - here's your book!

Audience: Millennials and up

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