The Art of War

  • by Sun Tzu, Introduction by Stefan Rudnicki
  • Narrated by Ron Silver, B.D. Wong
  • 2 hrs and 17 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"To win without fighting is best," Sun Tzu said. For the Chinese philosopher/general war was synchronic with life. Tzu viewed the world as a network of combat zones where the stakes were high and struggle was the primary mode of being, where no one was to be trusted, and survival depended on nothing less than unconditional victory. Actors Ron Silver and B.D. Wong narrate this 2,500-year-old work of wisdom that continues to guide and inspire people of all cultures, teaching the principles of strategy required in everything from sports, to business, to affairs of the heart. Augmented by commentary and anecdotes, this audio edition maintains the pure, near-poetic tone of the original.
Cover Image: This Chinese bamboo copy of The Art of War known to have been either comissioned or transcribed in the 18th Century by the Qianlong Emporer is part of a collection at the University of California, Riverside.

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What the Critics Say

"One of the great strategic books of all time....A fine new adaptation by Stefan Rudnicki." (Oliver Stone)

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Good book with an audio flaw

The Art of War is a well-scripted, engaging audiobook. It has a good, terse style with colorful anecdotes and observations from past and contemporary tacticians. The only problem is one chapter--I think it's the eighth chapter--repeats itself halfway through. It's kind of annoying, but beyond that, I'd highly recommend this book.
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- gestroud

The Art of War

I have read "The Art of War" several times and thought it would be nice to have a copy that I could listen to when driving. I was discouraged when the reader could not pronounce the author's name correctly. I was also surprised at the poor quality of the recording itself. Take the time and read the book, it will serve you much better.
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- Steve

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books