The Art of War

The Art of War Summary

An Apple Books Classic edition.

It’s believed that Sun Tzu wrote this Chinese military primer during the 5th century BC-hundreds of years before the Bible. The book’s 13 chapters explore principles that statesmen around the globe have employed for centuries to defeat their enemies at war.

Sun Tzu starts by mapping out the five fundamental factors that lead to war. He then covers a wide range of topics, from avoiding conflict altogether to strategically positioning soldiers, pulling off tactical maneuvers, and putting spies to use.

Despite the technological advances made since The Art of War was published, Sun Tzu is still considered one of history’s foremost military strategists, and his methods still ring true. While he wrote the book as a manual for those who would literally wield swords, it has reached a much broader audience in this day and age. Warriors of all kinds-like corporate leaders or athletes-seek out Sun Tzu’s wisdom in their quest for success.

Book Reviews


Amazing book5 star

Great book, but I swear to god you guys need to stop talking about Technoblade.55

Hypno Priest

Annoying format4 star

The notes in the middle of the chapters are too disruptive and make it easy to miss things if you try to skip over them.45

carson whitmire

I love it5 star

I think that this book is very useful in both everyday situations and for combat and I just love it in general55


Useless annotations make this 292 pages1 star

The Art of War is 13 chapters about strategy, applicable to not only war but many other facets of life and endeavors. This edition somehow balloons that simple and short treatise to two hundred and ninety-two pages with meandering anecdotes, useless and redundant rephrases of the previous statements, and lord knows what else. I really hoped the annotations would just be things like historical context or clarification on anything vague that came up, and while some of them are, most are not. I’m just going to read it on a website. I didn’t want to because I wanted a nice ebook format, but I guess that’s not really how this is going to go.15

AJ in Jax

Content fine, tough format4 star

Well-known book. The formatting of the forms made it a little clunky for me, but probably not easy to do in the electronic format. I would rather see footnotes as links so I can choose when I read them more easily rather than being forced to scroll back and forth.45


Excellent and well explained5 star

This book is very good in explaining the “art of war” and using commentaries and deductions to answer possible questions that con with the reading.55


A good read!5 star

The art of war is quite relatable to other aspects of human quest, it brings a good sense of indulgence while exposing one to military activities. A good read!55


P O T A T O E S5 star

Dang he must be in the top 5 when it comes to potato farming, that is below Technoblade.55

D'nonymous Culture

Art of War Review5 star

Reads easy but a few illustrations would’ve helped better. Definitely a read again.55


History never dies4 star

I have read this book every couple of years for the past 20 years and I am always able to get something new from it. Ancient wisdom that reveals itself as I get older and wiser.45

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