Review: ‘The Art of War’ by Sun Tzu

Well, what a step out of the comfort zone that was. More like a jump really.

I decided to listen to this audiobook after reading ‘The War of Art’, due to the title similarities. Sure enough I’ve heard of this title before and knew they wouldn’t be similar in any sense of the word, but it’s as god a reason as any.

The Art of War is a collection of thoughts on the topic of military strategy and warfare written down by Chinese General from 5th century BC. It consists of thirteen chapters, each describing a different set of skills required for successful battle.


I found it surprisingly relatable to the modern day, not literally, hope it goes without saying. I can see how it is still relevant today, even if you’re not the one commanding your own army. It wasn’t book’s intention to do that I’m sure but it’s nice when things work out. It is rather difficult to review such a book, both from applicable standpoint as well as its actual topic.

To know your Enemy, you must become your Enemy

Sun Tzu

History and/or warfare are not something that I’m particularly interested in, I understand them even less so, but I’m glad I picked this one up.

Some of the reviews I’ve seen online for it went something along the lines of ‘I already knew it’, ‘This is nothing new for me’. To this I say, a bit more of open-mindedness, because maybe, just maybe, someone else thought of ‘it’ before you. 2500 years before you in fact. And maybe, pieces of this well-known collection, studied even today in variety of schools and institutions, have appeared to you before hand (probably in the shape of a quote with a fancy background on Pinterest). Or maybe, all these thoughts seem like common sense nowadays and we’ve actually learned to implement it from the past.

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