Wednesday 19 August 2009

The Art of War

Official Blurb

“The Art of War is a Chinese military treatise written during the 6th century BC by Sun Tzu. Composed of 13 chapters, each of which is devoted to one aspect of warfare, it has long been praised as the definitive work on military strategies and tactics of its time. The Art of War is one of the oldest and most famous studies of strategy and has had a huge influence on both military planning and beyond. The Art of War has also been applied, with much success, to business and managerial strategies.”

My Review

This is a classic book that any fan of militrary history will tell you. As the blurb says some even consider it definitive, although the more rational might bring themselves to mention Carl von Clausewitz's "On War". Nevertheless this book is a very interesting presentation on making war with common sense.

The narrative style of the text is of it's age, and reads like is should be read aloud and so comes to the audio book format very well.

If you want to get the most from this book, you shouldn't try listening to it all at once. You need to think about whats being said, it's a teaching text after all. I'd suggest that this audio book would be well worth listening to before studying the text properly.

The reader very good although having a woman read a text on warfare seems odd to my male-old-fogie-set-in-his-ways ears. This reader IS good.

Reading 3/3
Production 2/3
Story 2/3

Total Score 7/9

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