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Don't let the fact that this is the shortest one of the Great Courses discourage you from picking it up. It's worth listening to more than once, and its length encourages it.
This is a concise, educational and interesting buy. I was familiar with the Art of War, but the Professor, who has plenty of experience in the US military and a passion for the Art of War, quickly delivers the facts with efficient, no-nonsense lectures that keep you interested.
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The art of War was written in the 6th century BCE by Chinese General Sun Tzu. It is the oldest military treatise in the world. The book covers military strategy. This is a Great Course book by Professor Andrew R. Wilson. He explains the book and adds Chinese History at the time the book was written. The book is concise and as valid today as the day it was written. They are many quotes from this book. But mainly has five essentials for victory. Then General Tzu breaks these down in the section such as nine varieties of ground which are listed with explanation of each. Interesting to see how the book can be applied to business, government as well as the military. Wilson enhances the book with his insights and helping to place the book in history. It is a course that needs to be listened to many times. Well worth the read.
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loved it all the great courses worth listening to 5 out 5 everytime looking forward to the next.
What did you like best about The Art of War? What did you like least?
I liked the fact that it tries or attempts to make the Art of War applicable to real life.
If you’ve listened to books by The Great Courses before, how does this one compare?
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
Did The Art of War inspire you to do anything?
Listen to other courses.
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I have read several different versions of Art of War, but never really grasped or remembered many ideas of the book. The problem with it is that it talks about abstract concepts which u may not understand, and as a result u may not grasp or remember those concepts. I felt this audiobook was helpful somewhat, but never really grabbed me. I suppose I required more illustration of those concepts, or more spoon feeding to understand some of these complex issues discussed in this book. Its like someone teaching u about vectors in physics which the Art of War and then Prof Wilson goes on to explain how u can use vectors to predict the course of ball u throw.
I really think for beginners there is an Art of War comic available on Amazon (not great), but the best way to learn Art of War is the book Sunzi speaks - it is a fantastic illustrated Art of War - then perhaps come to this audiobook.
After this I would recommend u read any of Robert Greene's books which really have a more practical example of many of the concepts of the Art of War.
What about Professor Andrew R. Wilson’s performance did you like?
A great lecturer, Professor Wilson keeps the content interesting and relevant with his expressive style and mix of historical and contemporary examples.
Any additional comments?
Please note this audiobook doesn't include the text of the Art of War.