Long acknowledged as a classic text on strategy, Sun Tzu’s The Art of War had been admired by leaders as diverse as Mao Zedong and General Norman Schwartzkopf. However, written two thousand years old, the book can often be hard to fathom.
Now Mark McNeilly, author of Sun Tzu and the Art of Business, which made Sun Tzu accessible to the business executive, has extracted six concepts most applicable to modern warfare, making them easy to understand and apply to military situations. Drawing on a wealth of fascinating historical examples, McNeilly shows how these six principles have played out in Afghanistan and Iraq and might be used in wars of the future–the war on terror, limited actions, regional conflicts. He describes how to win the information war, how to lead by example, and how to use alliances to defeat the opponent. Perhaps the most important lesson to be learned from Sun Tzu, especially for strategists who want to maximize their resources, is how to “win without fighting.” Should fighting be unavoidable, victory should be achieved in a manner that minimizes losses, leaves the victor stronger, and ensures a lasting peace.
Including the full text of The Art of War in the popular Griffith translation, with cross-references to quotations used in the book, Sun Tzu and the Art of Modern Warfare unlocks these elusive secrets for anyone interested in strategy and warfare, whether they are professional soldiers, military history buffs, or business executives.
Military Heritage Review of the updated edition.
“The military writings of Sun Tu have been evaluated and re-evaluated many times until they have become almost a cliche. They are touted as the perfect strategy for everything from running a business to one’s own life. One question rarely answered when applying them to their originally intended field of warfare is how to apply them usefully in the real world on an actual battlefield. When answered, the example used is often a battle like Cannae; a timeless example to be sure, but not one always relevant to modern conflicts.
This new work strives to correct that, applying Sun Tzu’s writings to modern battles, including some very recent ones modern readers will find familiar. Stalingrad, Desert Storm, Sherman’s March to the Sea and Kursk are all used to exemplify how concepts recorded millennnia ago in China can be thoughtfully and effectively employed on battlefields using weapons Sun Tzu likely never imagined. “