Review: Sun Tzu’s The Art of War


The Art of War
Sun Tzu
I don’t know. Far be it from me to disparage a classic of Chinese literature, but I was underwhelmed.

A series of aphorism ostensibly proving advice on the conduct of a successful military leader, this must read of the management consultant can also be viewed as a general guide to strategy and life. It seems absurd to say this about such a famous book, but while the advice is often strong, and phrased in a somewhat cryptic, always interesting, style, it isn’t mind blowing.

Perhaps I feel this way because its teachings have been so deeply embedded in our society that I am not surprised by them. Or perhaps it’s because I’m just not smart enough, or educated enough, to appreciate the nuances. Who knows. The book is deeply embedded with Taoist philosophy and surely there are layers of meaning here that I am missing, but I bet Steve Bannon missed them as well.

Recommended for the enthusiast.

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