Sun Tzu, The Man

Sun Tzu was an ancient Chinese military general. His book, The Art of War, is still used today and plays a significant part in Awakening The Beast. Below are excerpts from Wikipedia on the subject.


Sun Tzu … was a [Sixth Century BC] Chinese military general …. [and] the author of The Art of War, an extremely influential ancient Chinese book on military strategy. …

Interesting story about Sun Tzu

… Before hiring Sun Tzu, the King … tested Sun Tzu’s skills by commanding him to train a harem of 180 concubines into soldiers. Sun Tzu divided them into two companies, appointing the two concubines most favored by the king as the company commanders. When Sun Tzu first ordered the concubines to face right, they giggled …Sun Tzu … reiterated the command, and again the concubines giggled. Sun Tzu then ordered the execution of the king’s two favored concubines.…After both concubines were killed, new officers were chosen to replace them. Afterwards, both companies… performed their maneuvers flawlessly.


Sun Tzu’s Art of War has influenced many notable figures. …

In the 20th century, the Chinese Communist leader  [Mao Tse Tung] partially credited his 1949 victory over Chiang Kai-shek… to the Art of War. The work strongly influenced Mao’s writings about guerrilla warfare, which further influenced communist insurgencies around the world.

The Art of War was introduced into Japan c. AD 760 and the book quickly became popular among Japanese generals. … mastery of its teachings was honored among the samurai … 

Ho Chi Minh translated the[Art of War] for his Vietnamese officers to study. His general Vo Nguyen Giap, the strategist behind victories over French and American forces …was likewise an avid student and practitioner of Sun Tzu’s ideas.

ATBSunTzu7America’s Asian conflicts against JapanNorth Korea, and North Vietnam brought Sun Tzu to the attention of American military leaders. The [United States Army] has directed all units to maintain libraries …[that include]The Art of War… During the Gulf War in the 1990s, both Generals Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. and Colin Powell employed principles from Sun Tzu related to deception, speed, and striking one’s enemy’s weak points.[22]



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