The art of war is an ancient chinese military treatise dating from the late spring and autumn period roughly 5th century bc the work which is attributed to the ancient chinese military strategist sun tzu master sun also spelled sunzi is composed of 13 chapters each one is devoted to an aspect of warfare and how it applies to military strategy and tactics. The art of war by sun tzu the most important and most famous military treatise in asia for the last two thousand years with side by side translation and commentary cross references and pdf and text downloads of the full book. Sun tzu never actually mentioned mt chang but instead was referring to a mt heng where this extraordinary snake supposedly lived by the way sun tzu gave the snake a name the shuairan a fact that was completely missed by gagliardi it turns out that the oldest extant copy of the art of war was transcribed during the han dynasty period. Sun tzu said the art of war is of vital importance to the state 2 it is a matter of life and death a road either to safety or to ruin hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected 3. 6 the supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting sun tzu 7 let your plans be dark and as impenetrable as night and when you move fall like a thunderbolt sun tzu 8 if you are far from the enemy make him believe you are nearsun tzu
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