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Introduction – What Is The Art Of War?

by Stanley Bronstein on July 18, 2008


The Art of War is an ancient Chinese military treatise that is composed of 13 chapters.

While there are many translations of this work from the original Chinese to multiple languages, I am going to be working from the “Denma” translation into English.

According to that translation, the 13 chapters are titled:

  1. Appraisals
  2. Doing Battle
  3. Strategy of Attack
  4. Form
  5. Shih (abstract knowledge, insight and skills that look for patterns)
  6. The Solid and Empty
  7. The Army Contending
  8. The Nine Transformations
  9. Moving the Army
  10. Forms of the Earth
  11. The Nine Grounds
  12. Attack by Fire
  13. Employing Spies

The Art of War emphasizes conquering without aggression. It emphasizes that victory is more important than war. If you can win, without waging war, so much the better.

While the original treatise was designed for military strategy, readers will find that the knowledge and wisdom imparted within this work applies equally to one’s business and personal life.

Quite simply, The Art of War contains beautiful and elegant strategy that is useful everywhere.

Starting with our next post, we are going to begin delving into the concepts and strategies contained in this magnificent work.


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Comment by Jean R. McFarland
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July 18th, 2008 at 5:53 pm

As a major part of Chinese history, the Art of War has always fascinated me. I look forward to your discussions of each chapter.

Comment by Stanley Bronstein
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July 20th, 2008 at 11:45 am


I just posted my first article in what is probably going to be a fairly lengthy series.

Please check it out and let me know what you think.

Stanley Bronstein


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