art of war logoIn the 'Art of War', General Sun Tzu recommended a strategic method to win that rarely required actual war.
The literally unbeatable samurai, Miyamoto Musashi, wrote the 'Book of Five Rings', a classic book about his strategy that is still used by executives and martial artists. This site is about these books.
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The Great Wall, a communication system as well as a barrier. The Great Wall, a communication system as well as a barrier.

About the Art of War

About 2,000 years ago, China was in turmoil.  A series of wars left a third of the population dead and the leaders in search of a new way of governing.  Confucius and Lao Tzu had developed their solutions but Sun Tzu's philosophy, born of his direct experience of war also gained a popular following amongst the ruling class.  In the Art of War, Sun Tzu recommended a strategic method to win that rarely required actual war.  Spies, diplomats, deception, and a correctly organised internal structure were his main tools.  If it came to war though, he had detailed insight into its methods and strategies.

Around 1600AD in Japan, a samurai named Miyamoto Musashi emerged that was literally unbeatable.  One time, using his two sword technique, he single-handedly beat over 30 samurai simultaneously attacking him with guns, arrows and swords.  The rulers asked him to explain is strategies in writing.  Alone in a cave he wrote The Book of Five Rings, a classic that is still used by modern executives and martial artists.

 

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"What is of the greatest importance in war is extraordinary speed: One cannot afford to neglect opportunity."
Sun Tzu
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