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The Art of War

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Sun Tzu's The Art of War is a landmark achievement in the evolution of strategic thought. So universal and timeless are its tactics for pursuing a competitive advantage that some of the most notable people in government, sports, and the entertainment world have all quoted from its nearly 2500-year-old pages. These six expertly crafted lectures explore this classic's wisdom for staying nimble in an ever-changing environment and for maximizing reward while minimizing risk remains eternally fresh. As war and business become more mental and less physical, human intellect plays an ever greater role in competition-making Sun Tzu's strategies highly relevant to the information age.

Through a precise explanation of the original text and case studies, Professor Wilson examines how the seminal work's model of leadership has been applied-and misapplied-throughout the realms of war, politics, business, and beyond. You'll study the text's historical framework and then delve into the critical calculations that must be made prior to war-what Sun Tzu refers to as knowing the enemy, knowing ourselves.

By studying real-world examples, you'll come away understanding the qualities effective commanders must possess and the work's practical implications for outmaneuvering competitors in daily life. By taking this course, you will appreciate Sun Tzu's content on a far deeper level.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this course are those of the professor and do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.

Disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase.

©2012 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2012 The Great Courses

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    Lance Johnson 27/11/2016
    Lance Johnson 27/11/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Helpful book and guide"
    What did you like best about The Art of War? What did you like least?

    I liked the fact that it tries or attempts to make the Art of War applicable to real life.


    If you’ve listened to books by The Great Courses before, how does this one compare?

    Good


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    Did The Art of War inspire you to do anything?

    Listen to other courses.


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    I have read several different versions of Art of War, but never really grasped or remembered many ideas of the book. The problem with it is that it talks about abstract concepts which u may not understand, and as a result u may not grasp or remember those concepts. I felt this audiobook was helpful somewhat, but never really grabbed me. I suppose I required more illustration of those concepts, or more spoon feeding to understand some of these complex issues discussed in this book. Its like someone teaching u about vectors in physics which the Art of War and then Prof Wilson goes on to explain how u can use vectors to predict the course of ball u throw.

    I really think for beginners there is an Art of War comic available on Amazon (not great), but the best way to learn Art of War is the book Sunzi speaks - it is a fantastic illustrated Art of War - then perhaps come to this audiobook.

    After this I would recommend u read any of Robert Greene's books which really have a more practical example of many of the concepts of the Art of War.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Manu 27/10/2015
    Manu 27/10/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Andrew Wilson is ausome...."

    loved it, Andrew has a phenomenal passion for the subject matter and brings the book to life with some great real world examples.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    11/12/13
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    "Art of War Boot Camp"

    Don't let the fact that this is the shortest one of the Great Courses discourage you from picking it up. It's worth listening to more than once, and its length encourages it.

    This is a concise, educational and interesting buy. I was familiar with the Art of War, but the Professor, who has plenty of experience in the US military and a passion for the Art of War, quickly delivers the facts with efficient, no-nonsense lectures that keep you interested.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Jean
    Santa Cruz, CA, United States
    08/11/13
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    "A great course"

    The art of War was written in the 6th century BCE by Chinese General Sun Tzu. It is the oldest military treatise in the world. The book covers military strategy. This is a Great Course book by Professor Andrew R. Wilson. He explains the book and adds Chinese History at the time the book was written. The book is concise and as valid today as the day it was written. They are many quotes from this book. But mainly has five essentials for victory. Then General Tzu breaks these down in the section such as nine varieties of ground which are listed with explanation of each. Interesting to see how the book can be applied to business, government as well as the military. Wilson enhances the book with his insights and helping to place the book in history. It is a course that needs to be listened to many times. Well worth the read.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • dsm
    31/10/16
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    "Good context, disappointing examples"

    The historical background was interesting and helpful in putting the book in context, but most of the examples of how to apply the theory were lacking. They were, for the most part superficial.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Carson B.
    12/02/16
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    "Listen to this before you read the Art of War."

    This course helps to keep the Art of War in context. You won't regret listening to this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Tampa, FL
    13/02/15
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    "good analysis of an old favorite"

    Wilson does a good job explaining the thinking behind the Art of War. lots of examples that tie it to contemporary issues and scenarios off the battlefield. however, he can sometimes let his passion cloud his point by going more into praise of the content instead of explaining it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Luke Dickens
    28/06/16
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    "Must Have"

    A must have if you want/or going to study the Art Of War. I really liked this.

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  • Jenna Turnipseed
    25/06/16
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    "Great look the principles and application "

    This was a great quick look at the prinicples and modern day application of The Art of War. Easy to listen to and follow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ted
    24/02/16
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    "Well Done"
    What made the experience of listening to The Art of War the most enjoyable?

    The speaker is a master of understanding Sun Tzu. Highly recommend this to anyone trying to understand the Art of War. It is a great listen and great for all levels of understanding.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David eichel
    11/02/16
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    "Pretty good."

    I would have liked to hear more about business applications but I think I have a bit more to get out of it if I listen to it again in a few months.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steven Glover
    23/12/15
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    "Great lecture, though consider the narrators other title first"

    The Art of War lecture is well done. Andrew Wilson does a great job putting this piece in historical context, as well as its influence in today's world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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