Sun Tzu – The Art of War Audiobook
Having especially likedof Five Rings by MiyamotoMusashi,I took this challenge to get into reading this work of SunTzu,although, in truth, no one can prove that he did written, or even that he really existed.
Sun Tzu – The Art of War Audiobook can be seen as a collection of advice for generals based on many concrete cases and mostly common sense.
We are far from the preconceived idea that the military must rhyme with unintellence (at least not among generals).
Sun Tzu presents war as a noble art and is our teacher.
However, if he strives to explain that the best battles are those that are won without a fight, he does not dwell on the reasons or causes of these.
Indeed, if he explains to us that the best victory during the capture of a city is that where the enemy losses (in military, civil and material terms) are the smallest possible, he does not comment on the reasons for this capture. (decided by her lord), and even less if it is justified or not (anyway, she was probably not asked her opinion on the matter).
For him, a good preparation, an adequate knowledge of the forces (allies and enemies), an iron discipline and an adaptability prevail over brute force, improvisation and the use of cannon fodder.
Certainly, some of his advice, and in particular his attention to detail, may make us smile in our time, but by replacing his words in the context of his time (even presumed), I imagine the lead he must have had on his contemporaries, like a Leonardo da Vinci of war.
The style is concise and minimalist like a textbook. It is less prosaic than the five-wheel treatise, which frequently transposes its arguments to other trades such as the mason or the peasant.
It is made up of a lot of short sentences, very simple and to the point.
Usually, the first of each part announces an idea or a rule to be followed, which the author then develops, arguing further and / or giving cases of applications and concrete examples.
Even if we are not soldiers and we abhor war, many ideas of this book, which we can qualify as educational, are transposable to our 21st century.
It is even used as a reference in the strategies of certain SMEs, where its precepts are more easily applicable.
In the end, this book, borrowing from very ancient oriental wisdom, was an excellent read that I highly recommend.
It is a book to read frequently in passages and especially to meditate.
In addition, this book is very easy to read and is very short (only 150 pages) and is even available for free in pdf or ebook format.