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The Art of War

Sun TzuSun Tzu was a Chinese military general who lived from 544 BC to 496 BC. Sun Tzu wrote one of the most popular military essay collections, usually known as “The Art of War” published in our literature collection.

The only surviving source on the life of Sun Tzu is the biography written by the Chinese historian Ssu-ma Ch'ien in 2nd century BC. Ssu-ma Ch'ien describes Sun Tzu as a prominent general who lived in the state of Wu on the 6th century BC. The biography doesn’t seem to be a reliable source, because is not consistent with other sources describing the same period.

One of the most famous principles presented in “The Art of War” is "The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting."

The Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War” is very popular worldwide and many famous military officials and politicians have referenced it. The principals and ideas presented in “The Art of War” have been used in almost any aspect of the modern world - business, politics, sports, and diplomacy.

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