The Art of War : The Great Courses: Ancient History

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Andrew R. Wilson Ph.D Harvard University
  • Series: The Great Courses: Ancient History
  • 2 hrs and 49 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Sun Tzu's The Art of War is a landmark achievement in the evolution of strategic thought. So universal and timeless are its tactics for pursuing a competitive advantage that some of the most notable people in government, sports, and the entertainment world have all quoted from its nearly 2500-year-old pages. These six expertly crafted lectures explore this classic's wisdom for staying nimble in an ever-changing environment and for maximizing reward while minimizing risk remains eternally fresh. As war and business become more mental and less physical, human intellect plays an ever greater role in competition-making Sun Tzu's strategies highly relevant to the information age.
Through a precise explanation of the original text and case studies, Professor Wilson examines how the seminal work's model of leadership has been applied-and misapplied-throughout the realms of war, politics, business, and beyond. You'll study the text's historical framework and then delve into the critical calculations that must be made prior to war-what Sun Tzu refers to as knowing the enemy, knowing ourselves.
By studying real-world examples, you'll come away understanding the qualities effective commanders must possess and the work's practical implications for outmaneuvering competitors in daily life. By taking this course, you will appreciate Sun Tzu's content on a far deeper level.
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this course are those of the professor and do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.
Disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase.


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I have read several different versions of Art of War, but never really grasped or remembered many ideas of the book. The problem with it is that it talks about abstract concepts which u may not understand, and as a result u may not grasp or remember those concepts. I felt this audiobook was helpful somewhat, but never really grabbed me. I suppose I required more illustration of those concepts, or more spoon feeding to understand some of these complex issues discussed in this book. Its like someone teaching u about vectors in physics which the Art of War and then Prof Wilson goes on to explain how u can use vectors to predict the course of ball u throw.

I really think for beginners there is an Art of War comic available on Amazon (not great), but the best way to learn Art of War is the book Sunzi speaks - it is a fantastic illustrated Art of War - then perhaps come to this audiobook.

After this I would recommend u read any of Robert Greene's books which really have a more practical example of many of the concepts of the Art of War.

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- Lance Johnson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses