The Art of War is a highly influential book on military strategy purportedly written about 2,500 years ago by a mysterious figure known as Sun Tzu (sometimes called Sun Zi), meaning “Master Sun.” Although his origins are lost in the mists of history, Sun Tzu likely was a general noted as a strategist, working for Helü, king of the state of Wu (modern day Jiangsu Province in eastern China). The Art of War is more than anything a philosophical treatise on strategy, war and winning, and because of this has become a popular text for political and business management leaders and decision makers.

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