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  1. 5 out of 5

    Myra Zini

    This translation is by far the best I've seen. It translates as it is, and explains why it's been translated that way. I respectfully bow to Clements for that. Now, for the book: This wouldn't make much sense if you aren't very good with applying time-old Eastern metaphors to mentally be of use in your daily life. But if you ARE good at that, well, it's your lucky day! The book reads as its title. It reads like a logic manual for war. And that in itself was fun, at least for me. It goes on real s This translation is by far the best I've seen. It translates as it is, and explains why it's been translated that way. I respectfully bow to Clements for that. Now, for the book: This wouldn't make much sense if you aren't very good with applying time-old Eastern metaphors to mentally be of use in your daily life. But if you ARE good at that, well, it's your lucky day! The book reads as its title. It reads like a logic manual for war. And that in itself was fun, at least for me. It goes on real straightforward, except for the footnotes Clements leaves to provide context to Sun Tzu's wisdom. There are some rules in it that can only be used exclusively in war, and many that can be applied to pretty much anything. Kind of like that one that tells you what is most logical to do when you're outnumbered. Man, I've gone on about how this book is. Now comes the question: Do I recommend it? and the answer is: yes. Definitely. I've read a review on here a while back about someone taking this as a logic handbook, and I couldn't keep the comment out of my head while reading this book. I think that comment made my reading experience better than it would have been without. Tip: pretend you're a warrior while reading. Makes things much more interesting.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ingrid

    I don't know how to rate this book. It was....a book. I only really read it because it was short and it is on The Rory Gilmore Reading List. That's all. I don't know how to rate this book. It was....a book. I only really read it because it was short and it is on The Rory Gilmore Reading List. That's all.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sion

    Scattered.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. If we were to "judge a book by its cover" then most of us would bypass this book believing that only people who want to fight or those who have an interest in war would be interested. I will tell you now that this book could belong on any bookshelf in the world; for this book is more than the life and experiences of the great Chinese general, it is a guide to logical and constructive reasoning and thinking. In fact if this book were to be written today it would be called "The Art of Business and If we were to "judge a book by its cover" then most of us would bypass this book believing that only people who want to fight or those who have an interest in war would be interested. I will tell you now that this book could belong on any bookshelf in the world; for this book is more than the life and experiences of the great Chinese general, it is a guide to logical and constructive reasoning and thinking. In fact if this book were to be written today it would be called "The Art of Business and Logical Thinking" for Sun Tzu's military thinking and todays world of business and economy are identical. (Spoiler Alert) General Tzu indicates that a war devoid of any kind of economic of logistical planning is nothing more than a traveling shambles. Can the Country fund a campaign? Does the army have the recourses? Can they provide a supply chain when outside their realm? Is there a reserve fund should it be required? Is a battle necessary? These are the questions that Sun Tzu asked, we can see that not only is he an outstanding General but also a superb thinker. One could use his logical thinking in almost any situation today

  5. 4 out of 5

    William El-Turk

    Main idea: "know yourself, know your enemy and only fight when you can win" know this, and you will win anything that involves conflict not only war. Main idea: "know yourself, know your enemy and only fight when you can win" know this, and you will win anything that involves conflict not only war.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Medo

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    Irem Bostan

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    Adelin

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    Nhu Le

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sordid

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dakshesh Thacker

  12. 4 out of 5

    Samaira

  13. 4 out of 5

    Annie

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lois

  15. 5 out of 5

    Prashanth Chandra

  16. 5 out of 5

    Frank Penhalluriack

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alexander

  18. 4 out of 5

    Micheal Griffin

  19. 5 out of 5

    Zachary

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bader Alrasheed

  21. 5 out of 5

    Max Hatvala

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bogdan

  23. 5 out of 5

    Johannes

  24. 4 out of 5

    Iiro

  25. 5 out of 5

    Neil Brunton

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alessio

  27. 4 out of 5

    Azaleah Mohd Anis

  28. 4 out of 5

    W. Ryan Melson

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Austin

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bruno Oliveira

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