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THE ART OF WAR by Sun Tzu

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THE ART OF WAR by Sun Tzu

A study of military tactics and theory starts with Sun Tzu. This
is true because he was the first to commit reasoned approaches to
the nature of war with an aim to ultimate victory, achievable
through any and all means available, including arms, spies, and
propaganda. This 500 B.C. work will enlighten all who read it.

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Ch`ien gives the following biography of Sun Tzu: [1] —
Sun Tzu Wu was a native of the Ch`i State. His ART OF
WAR brought him to the notice of Ho Lu, [2] King of
Wu.Ho Lu said to him: “I have carefully perused your 13
chapters.May I submit your theory of managing soldiers
to a slight test?” Sun Tzu replied: “You may.” Ho Lu
asked: “May the test be applied to women?” The answer
was again in the affirmative, so arrangements were made
to bring 180 ladies out of the Palace. Sun Tzu divided
them into two companies, and placed one of the King’s
favorite concubines at the head of each. He then bade
them all take spears in their hands, and addressed them
thus: “I presume you know the difference between front
and back, right hand and left hand?” The girls replied:
Yes. Sun Tzu went on: “When I say “Eyes front,” you must
look straight ahead. When I say “Left turn,” you must
face towards your left hand.When I say “Right turn,” you
must face towards your right hand. When I say “About
turn,” you must face right round towards your back.”
Again the girls assented. The words of command having
been thus explained, he set up the halberds and battleaxes
in order to begin the drill. Then, to the sound of
drums, he gave the order “Right turn.” But the girls only
burst out laughing. Sun Tzu said: “If words of command
are not clear and distinct, if orders are not thoroughly
understood, then the general is to blame.” So he started
drilling them again, and this time gave the order “Left
turn,” whereupon the girls once more burst into fits of
laughter. Sun Tzu: “If words of command are not clear
and distinct, if orders are not thoroughly understood,
the general is to blame. But if his orders ARE clear, and
the soldiers nevertheless disobey, then it is the fault of
their officers.”


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