The Art of War – Sun Tzu

I picked up this book a while back on Kindle – I think it was a free edition – a while back.  This edition had a pretty good translation, and his comments about the translation, the organization of the book, and about the other annotators added something.

To those who haven’t read it, the book is a collection of short statements by Sun Tzu.  Over time, some later writers have added their own comment about many of the statements.  These vary in quality from those that add a lot to the comment, those that are interesting but not too related, and those that don’t seem to add much or make sense at all.

Anyone who has read a blog comment stream is familiar with this!   It is amusing to see it over centuries in an ancient book.

If you are interested in strategy, the book is well worth reading, if not the revelation it has recently been touted as in business schools.  Its collection of short quips makes it easy to pick up and put down, as there isn’t a narrative thread to be lost.  And you can’t beat ‘free’.