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Offering essential advice on battlefield tactics, managing others and employing cunning, discipline and deception to outwit your opponent, Sun-tzu's The Art of War has provided leaders with the ultimate guide to survival and success for more than two thousand years, whether in battle or in business.

Conflict is an inevitable part of life, according to this ancient Chinese classic of strategy, but everything necessary to respond to conflict wisely, thoroughly, and victoriously is right before us at all times. The key to skillful action in any situation is in knowing those things that make up the environment and then seeing the patterns they form so that their power becomes available to us. It is not necessary to change the nature of things to find victory. Since, as Sun Tzu teaches, aggression and response in kind can lead only to destruction, we must learn to work with conflict in a more profound and effective way. The Art of War shows us how.

The Art of War gives us proven strategic skills to apply when we need to take action and overcome obstacles in rapidly changing, chaotic situations. Though ancient in origin, these strategies are accessible because they are based on the ways we already do things. As Sun Tzu shows, rather than getting mired in conflict, we can create momentum and bring about the tipping point to achieve success.

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  • Hardback

    9780141395845

    October 22, 2014

    Penguin Classics (UK Adult)

    542 pages

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  • Paperback

    9781590307281

    February 15, 2013

    Shambhala

    320 pages

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  • Paperback

    9780140455526

    September 1, 2008

    Penguin Classics

    112 pages

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  • Paperback

    9781590302255

    April 15, 2005

    Shambhala

    224 pages

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  • Paperback

    9780140439199

    August 5, 2004

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    320 pages

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    9781570629044

    March 1, 2002

    Shambhala

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    9780877734529

    October 1, 1989

    Shambhala

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    9781590305478

    February 15, 2013

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  • EBook

    9780141919683

    September 1, 2008

    Penguin eBooks (UK Adult)

    112 pages

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