5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and detailed, May 23, 2007
Eo (Gilbert, AZ United States)
Very well written treatise of the 36 strategies. The strategies are usually ruthless, almost always involving deception, using quite inventive ways to trick the opponent. Most notable for the complete lack of ethics and win-at-all costs approach, and often for the subtleness of the strategies. Excellent.

's review Apr 02, 12
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Reading this book is like reading The Art of War. I kept thinking, absolutely, the next time I want to convince my enemies -- who know that I'm starving -- that I actually have plenty of food, I'll pile up my food baskets high with sand, and a thin layer of wheat. That'll fool 'em. Then I think, food baskets? sand? wheat? This is one of those classics from ancient China that requires a lot of translation and imagination. The stories of treachery, deception, and bad behavior are fun, but I came away unconvinced that my life was exciting enough to apply this stuff in any meaningful way. This is a book for players, for people with real enemies -- maybe CEOs and politicians?

's review Dec 08, 12
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bookshelves: corporate-survival-guides, history

This a great, easy to digest, and fast read if you want to get up to speed on Chinese history, strategy, and how to apply them to your real life.

The author lays out each chapter in perfect bite sized paragraphs. He starts out with the strategy, then supports it with actual Chinese - and in some cases Japanese - history lessons. In the end, he summarizes the strategy.

Perfect for the bus or train commute, you can read through this in less than a week.

5.0 out of 5 stars
Absolutely Wonderful Gem!
September 6, 2011

By SurvivorsUnite (Williamsburg, Va)

I have yet to finish this book but I am so impressed with it, one reason is because my 13 year old daughter is now reading it and I have to constantly remove it from her room! Very telling of how history repeats itself and how what you don't know can be used against you! Fun and very interesting find!
5.0 out of 5 stars
Manditory Bookshelf Material for the Strategist
, August 8, 2012
By J. Larson (Michigan)


This is the natural next step after reading, comprehending, applying, and mastering "The Art Of War" by Sun Tzu. This book is generally referred to as "The Secret Art Of War". It expounds on some very unique, tried and tested military strategies, which like "The Art Of War", have a seemingly endless amount of possibility for application. Do yourself the favor and quit reading the review. Honest to goodness, from one general customer to another, it's a must-have.

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