Sun Tzu: the Art of War

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SUN TZU: ART OF WAR

Sun Tzu is the author of “Art of War”, one of the most influential and sought-after books about strategies in battles. However, the Art of War now applied in other fields like politics, business, sports and many more. Sun Tzu is a military general and philosopher who led several battles into a success with the use of deception, manipulation and unpredictable tactics. Sun Tzu was believed to have lived in the period of warring states. He worked under the leadership of Wu, a small semi-barbaric state. Wu, a neighboring kingdom, once conquered Chu and won. After some time, Nang Wa, the prime minister of Wu, decided to kill some of the royal descendants of the Chu kingdom in fear of being a victim of their revenge. Years passed by and Wu decided to conquer the Chu with Sun Tzu now on their side. Nang Wa led the troops of Wu. The Chu’s plan was to simultaneously attack the Wu soldiers from the front and the back. However, there were some conflicts between Nang Wa and his other leaders which led their plan to fail and making Sun Tzu in an advantage point. Sun Tzu’s strategy on the other hand was to retreat but advancing at the same time. He lured the troops of Chu into a deceit trap right from the start by losing. The Chu lost battles one after the other. Sun Tzu also faked defeat until the Chu advanced very deep into Wu land where the best Wu fighters are. The first few soldiers were the old and sick while they placed the hungry and strong soldiers at the end where the opponent lost most of its energy. One of his principles that is applicable in this battle is “Know your enemy and yourself and you will never be in Peril.” Sun Tzu’s principle were also helpful in the Vietnam War. Ho Chi Minh, the leader of Vietnam at that time, is similar to Sun Tzu. They both believed that it is better to outthink the opponent rather than outfighting them. Besides this, Ho Chin Minh were also appealed to Sun Tzu’s principle such as the one mentioned above “to...
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