The warrior-philosopher and master strategist Sun Tzu, about whom little is known, compiled The Art of War more than two thousand years ago. Legend has it that he was known for the brilliant campaigns he led around the time of Confucius. His work was memorized and passed down orally, before eventually being copied onto bamboo strips and passed around.
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"Absorb this book, and you can throw out all those contemporary books about management leadership."-- Newsweek "A breast-pocket favorite of many commanders and U.S. Marines."-- Christian Science Monitor "The Art of War soon could join Machiavelli's The Prince as required reading in the executive suite."-- USA Today