The Art of War by Sun Tzu - Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

The Art Of War


Conflict is an inevitable part of life, according to this ancient Chinese classic of strategy, but everything necessary to deal with conflict wisely, honorably, victoriously, is already present within us. Compiled more than two thousand years ago by a mysterious warrior-philosopher, The Art of War is still perhaps the most prestigious and influential book of strategy in the world, as eagerly studied in Asia by modern politicians and executives as it has been by military leaders since ancient times. As a study of the anatomy of organizations in conflict, The Art of War applies to competition and conflict in general, on every level from the interpersonal to the international. Its aim is invincibility, victory without battle, and unassailable strength through understanding the physics, politics, and psychology of conflict.

(Original publish date was circa 500 BCE.)


I'm not really sure what to think of The Art of War. It is on the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge and I have been struggling to read it. It is mostly just common sense or really obvious things. Maybe when it was written it was not as obvious. While I was reading it I was just like yep, wait do people not already realize this? Did they need this book to point out common sense? Apparently. 

Overall I just found this book to be a bit boring. It could be the translation, or how old it is, or whatever but it just didn't jive with me. I don't think I am the target audience anyways since I don't treat things like conflicts I need to win. I am sure some people get something from this book, but it is just not for me. 

Rating: ★ ★

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