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A little treatise on the principles of war, written over 2,000 years ago and hugely influential since then, especially among Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese army officers, and American businessmen.
In short, almost proverbial form, Sun Tzu sets out 13 practical chapters-with advice for deciding when to fight and when to run, and how to maneuver armies, use spies, and predict victory. He emphasizes the importance of deception and surprise, and warns: "A speedy victory is the main object in war. If this is long in coming, weapons are blunted and morale depressed."