Sun Tzu was a Chinese general, military strategist, writer and minister to one of the ancient kings of China in the 5th century BC. He is attributed to be the author of the Art of War, probably the best known and oldest book on military strategy, although the actual authorship of that book is subject to considerable historical debate. He has been described as a master of “soft power” and the father of “agile warfare.”
James Clear summarises the Art of War in just three sentences:
- Know when to fight and when not to fight: avoid what is strong and strike at what is weak.
- Know how to deceive the enemy: appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.
- Know your strengths and weaknesses: if you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.