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Understanding Sun Tzu on the Art of War is both a source and an interpretation of Sun Tzu's Art of War written to clarify Sun Tzu's philosophies on war without compromising the subtlety of thought needed to master them. Readers of this book, from across professional disciplines, will find key advice on leadership, advantage, and how to proficiently overcome adversaries. Understanding Sun Tzu on the Art of War explores the meaning of Sun Tzu's philosophies through the use of high impact case examples, most involving American or British military forces. While also presenting strategic tools for use in any professional conflict, this book never lets readers forget that the original Chinese text is about war. For those with an interest in current military events, this book provides fertile ground for discussion on coalition war methods and aims. For all professions, military or otherwise, this book gets to the heart of efficient conflict resolution theory. Topics discussed include: INTRODUCTION - A brief history of Sun Tzu on the Art of War and the underlying Taoist philosophy from which it was written WINNING WHOLE - How to win with your resources and your objective intact LEADING TO ADVANTAGE - How to prepare and position your soldiers for victory DECEPTION - How to keep your intentions secret from opponents ENERGY - How to apply force effectively and efficiently STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES - How to find the best path to the goal INITIATIVE - How to take and keep the advantage SUN TZU ON THE ART OF WAR - A complete translation CONCLUSION - Philosophical significance of Sun Tzu on the Art of War in conflict resolution

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