The Art of War - Free Kindle Non-Fiction

The Art of War 
by Sunzi 

This edition is in the public domain, so it is available as an e-book for free from several websites. It is the translation from the Chinese with introduction and critical notes by Lionel Giles, at the time Assistant in the Department of Oriental Printed Books and MSS in the British Museum. The printed edition has 117 pages, the Kindle edition has 2259 locations.

This translation is probably the best one available -even though it is not the most recent translation- this edition has the added value of the introduction and notes by Lionel Giles. This standard work about the strategy of warfare was written by the Chinese general Sun Tzu (aka Sunzi and Sun Wu) in around 500 BC. It is believed to be the oldest military treatise in the world. The principles taught in this book can also be used in other situations than warfare; this book gives tips on how to outsmart others. This book is an interesting read and will certainly give you a few tips on how to be a better strategist. If you are interested in 'Art of War' by Sun Tzu than I would recommend trying to get this version of it. At the bottom of this review I will copy a few sentences from the first chapter of this book as a sample. I do recommend this book to everybody, and not just to people who are interested in military strategy.

Contents:

Preface to the Project Gutenberg Etext
Introduction by Lionel Giles
I -Laying plans
II -Waging war
III -Attack by stratagem
IV -Tactical dispositions
V -Energy
VI -Weak points and strong points
VII -Maneuvering
VIII-Variations in tactics
IX -The army on the march
X -Terrain
XI -The nine situations
XII -The attack by fire
XIII-The use of spies

As a sample I copy two bits from Chapter I 'Laying plans' (location 522 and location 562) below:

1. Sun Tzu said: The art of war is of vital importance to
the State.
2. It is a matter of life and death, a road either to
safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on
no account be neglected.
[...]
18. All warfare is based on deception.
19. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when
using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we
must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we
must make him believe we are near.
20. Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder,
and crush him.
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