I was travelling this week for work and finished The Art of War on the plane ride back. This book was an interesting read. There is a lot of explanation around the historical context, translation, and authorship of “The Art of War.” This was dry but certainly helped me, a western reader, appreciate this book of antiquity. The book itself is still timely and useful today.
I read a few books that quoted “The Art of War,” which prompted me to read it. Despite being an ancient book, it covers the strategy of terrorism. The word terrorism isn’t specifically used, but the concept is there. We as Americans have been fortunate that we haven’t had to deal with terrorism until fairly recently.
The movie “Wall Street” describes “The Art of War” as a guide for the corporate raider. I don’t agree with the ethics of applying the concepts found in this book to the world of finance. However, many business leaders quote it as their bible and use the corporate coffers as their personal checking accounts.