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The Art Of War Book

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Theodore, Apr 22, 2010.

  1. Theodore

    Theodore Power Member

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    So I want to buy The Art Of War book by Sun Tzu, but there's literally so many different types when I type it in amazon. There all published from different years, could someone recommend the right book please? Or the right year? For the best version. If you could that'd be great it's just I keep hearing about this book everywhere and I'd like to read it myself :)
     
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    7878 Executive VIP Premium Member

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    Well, it's public domain so feel free to save your money and read it on Google Books.

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    http://books.google.com/books?id=36c3nAuZoHYC&lpg=PP1&ots=bNSBLYbbfA&dq=the%20art%20of%20war%20by%20sun%20tzu&pg=PP1#v=onepage&q&f=false
     
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  3. dirtbag

    dirtbag Senior Member

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    Just go to the library and grab a copy. They should all basically be the same thing aside from a foreword, or an editor's afterthoughts and such. Any library worth it's salt should have a couple copies of The Art of War.

    If you're interested in The Art of Wat, let me also recommend The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi.
     
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  4. Theodore

    Theodore Power Member

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    ohh right thanks alot! Saved me a bit of money there :)

    Edit: Thanks SPB for the link.
     
  5. gregstereo

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    Yep, was just about to reply to your PM and I noticed dirtbag's mention of the 5 Rings here...both good books, I'd start with AoW, the public domain version is fine, there are other editions that have commentary, alternate translations, and certain focuses, but the core text is what really matters.

    And Book of 5 Rings is also very good. Here's a bundle you can get from amazon if you want a pretty good deal ($10USD) for a hard copy of both:

    http://www.amazon.com/Book-Five-Rin...=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1271972269&sr=8-3
     
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  6. Theodore

    Theodore Power Member

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    Thank you greg for your great explanation and your find on amazon. I think I will buy them 2 books, just because there not really that dear and I think its a book i would read more then once :)
     
  7. CyberknightTully

    CyberknightTully Junior Member Premium Member

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    For what it's worth, it is not known that any field commander who followed Sun Tzu and his admonitions ever lost a battle.:cool:

    The first time that American tank forces engaged the Afrika Korps in WWII, the Americans were quite literally slaughtered. In the next engagement, General George S. Patton triumphed, sending the Korps into full retreat. What was left of them, that is. Following the battle, Patton is recorded to have remarked that the reason that the US force won was that Patton had read a book written some twenty years earlier by this guy named Rommel, otherwise known as General Feldmarshcall Ervin Rommel, the guy whose forces got pounded by Patton and his tankers. Rommel's book of tank warfare was based on the battle philosophies of Sun Tzu but Rommel forgot his own stuff that day and paid the price.
     
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