When it comes to politics or warfare the name of chinese general Sun-Tzu always rise up, a sort of global cultural reference for developing a winning strategy. As it happen Sun-Tzu’s masterpiece, “The Art of War”, is a worldwide success, translated in more and more languages every year.
A pity that so few really read the book and fewer more understand it.
If you read that book (as I strongly suggest to do) you will easily understand that there are three different levels of comprehension of the text. The first is about the definition of various types of military strategies, the second is about to use that strategies in other areas of conflict excluding warfare, the third is about a cultural lesson – understand a different approach to problems that derivates straight from Taoism.
Every level is useful, no matter how many years passed since the Sun-Tzu age. Even with all the differences given from the development of technologies and from a whole different set of cultural meanings the sharp thoughts of long-time dead general are still with us. These few pages are a must, something to keep with you for a long time. There’s no need at all to know about China in the 6th century B.C. or about the personal life of Sun Tzu; his lessons are what you need to be on the edge.
Sun-Tzu biography (from Wikipedia) – here
“The Art Of War” (from Wikipedia) – here
Free version of “The Art Of War” (from Project Gutenberg) – here