The Art of War - Sun Tzu
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The Art of War

Updated: 25 Jun 2020
Preserved in China for more than 2,000 years before it was brought to the West by the French, this compact little book is widely regarded as the oldest military treatise in the world. Rumored to have been used by Napoleon in his campaigns to conquer Europe, it today retains much of its original merit. American officers read it closely during World War II. The Japanese army studied the work for decades, and many 20th-century Chinese officers are said to have known the book by heart. More recently, it has also been viewed as a valuable guide to competing successfully in business.Stressing the importance of attacking your enemy when he is unprepared and scheming to discover his plans, the author advises avoiding the strong and striking at the weak, and using spies for every kind of business. Principles of strategy, tactics, maneuvering, and communications, the treatment of soldiers, the importance of strong troops and well-trained officers, and the administration of rewards and punishments all have a modern ring to them.A valuable guide to the conduct of war, this classic of military strategy is indispensable to military personnel, history enthusiasts, and anyone intrigued by competition and rivalry.
Scientist, TV presenter, Interviewer
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11 months ago
To learn that the act of killing fellow humans can be raised to an art.
Superhero
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8 months ago
In Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Steve Rogers' climbs in through the window of his apartment after realizing someone has broken in. There are two shelves you see him pass by on his way to see who's in his apartment.
Superhero
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8 months ago
Master Tactician: Though seemingly brutish, Wolverine is highly intelligent. When Forge monitored Wolverine's vitals during a Danger Room training session, he reported Logan's physical and mental state as "equivalent to an Olympic-level gymnast performing a Gold-medal-winning routine while simultaneously beating four chess computers in his head", which gives something of an idea of the level of sophistication and tactical processing Logan is capable of utilizing while in combat. He remembers Ogun teaching him Sun Tzu's The Art of War.
Athlete
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1 year ago
I got one more book for anybody who loves to compete, or overtake something or put yourself in battle. It can be from the workplace, from the professional athlete. That's "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu. It's also one of my favorite books that I got to read when I went to Miami and it hit home for me at that point in time it just talks about the preparation for combat.
Actor, Musician
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4 months ago
Do you read a lot? - All the time. I'm really into the books. Right now I'm into "Mastering the Art of War", "The Art of War", "Thoughts on General", "How to Win an Argument Every Time", "The Buying of a President". What's that book I got? - "Stalin." - I got "Stalin". Christopher Darden book. A lot of different things but mostly what made generals, what made countries. I wanna read books Clinton reads, he does the same shit I do, but don't get in trouble.
Entrepreneur, Superhero
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8 months ago
I'd guess Clausewitz is on the list, though I've never gotten much out if it. The other obvious ones are Sun Tzu and Machiavelli.
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3 months ago
ART OF WAR 101. Art of Peace is also a good book. Maybe later.