Title: The Art of War
Author: Sun Tzu
Page Count/Review Word Count: 225
Sun Tzu was a master tactician, and his ancient writing, The Art of War, is enough to prove it. In it, he shares his tactics for all different types of warfare, and whilst it might not sound like it, a lot of his lessons can be directly applied to our day to day life. This is because much of Tzu’s advice is non-specific – he advocates a certain style of leadership, and if you read this book and absorb the lessons that he has to impart with you, you’ll quickly see how that can apply to all sorts of different activities.
Because the manuscript was originally in Chinese and has to be translated into English, you also avoid a lot of the confusion that you often feel when reading a ‘classic‘. The language isn’t too difficult to understand, because it was recently translated and written in a style that’s easy for us to understand in the present day. Couple all that with the fact that it’s considered to be a classical example of non-fiction with some serious historical significance, and you can easily see why it’s so popular. You hear about businessmen reading it, as well as soldiers, writers and politicians. Read it!