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The Art of War  - Sun Tzu

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Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.

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Sun Tzu (pronounced SOON-zuh) means Master Sun. His first name was Wu.

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    Making of Plans

    Master Sun said:

    War is
    A grave affair of state;
    It is a place
    Of life and death,
    A road
    To survival and extinction,
    A matter
    To be pondered carefully.

    There are Five Fundamentals

    For this deliberation,
    For the making of comparisons
    And the assessing of conditions:
    The Way,
    Heaven,
    Earth,
    Command,
    Discipline.

    The Way

    Causes men
    To be of one mind
    With their rulers,
    To live or die with them,
    And never to waver.

    Heaven is
    Ying and Yang,
    Cold and hot,
    The cycle of seasons.

    Earth is
    Height and depth,
    Distance and proximity,
    Ease and danger,
    Open and confined ground,
    Life and death.

    Command is
    Wisdom,
    Integrity,
    Compassion,
    Courage,
    Severity.

    Discipline is

    Organization,
    Chain of command,
    Control of expenditure.

    Every commander is aware

    Of these
    Five Fundamentals.
    He who grasps them
    Wins;
    He who fails to grasp them
    Loses.

    For this deliberation,
    For the making of comparisons,
    And the assessing of conditions,
    Discover:

    Which ruler
    Has the Way?

    Which general
    Has the ability?

    Which side has
    Heaven and Earth?

    On which side
    Is discipline
    More effective?

    Which army
    Is the stronger?

    Whose officers and men
    Are better trained?

    In which army
    Are rewards and punishments
    Clearest?

    From these
    Can be known
    Victory and defeat.

    Heed my plan,

    Employ me,
    And victory is surely yours;
    I will stay.

    Do not heed my plan,

    And even if you did employ me,
    You would surely be defeated;
    I will depart.

    Settle on the best plan,

    Exploit the dynamic within,
    Develop it without,

    Follow the advantage,
    And master opportunity:
    This is the dynamic.

    The Way of War is

    A Way of Deception.

    When able,
    Feign inability;

    When deploying troops,
    Appear not to be.

    When near,
    Appear far;

    When far,
    Appear near.

    Lure with bait;

    Strike with chaos.

    If the enemy is full,
    Be prepared.
    If strong,
    Avoid him.

    If he is angry,
    Disconcert him.

    If he is weak,
    Stir him to pride.

    If he is relaxed,
    Harry him;

    If his men are harmonious,
    Split them.

    Attack
    Where he is
    Unprepared;
    Appear
    Where you are
    Unexpected.

    This is

    Victory in warfare;
    It cannot be
    Divulged
    In advance.

    Victory belongs to the side

    That scores most
    In the temple calculations
    Before battle.

    Defeat belongs to the side

    That scores least
    In the temple calculations
    Before battle.

    Most spells victory;

    Least spells defeat;
    None, surer defeat.

    I see it in this way,

    And the outcome is apparent.

    ISBN: 9780140455526
    ISBN-10: 0140455523
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 112
    Published: 1st September 2008
    Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
    Country of Publication: GB
    Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 0.7
    Weight (kg): 0.09
    Edition Number: 1