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The Art Of War Essay

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The author's intended audience was leaders of countries and generals of armies. This is obvious because the whole war is based on how to succeed in war. Although the author's intended audience was leaders of armies, many others find it very useful. The Art of War is a way of life in many Asian countries. It is even used in the United States business world. It is a useful tool in negotiation and many businessmen have realized this and taken advantage of it.2. The purpose of Sun Tzu writing this book was to help ...view middle of the document...

3. The most important ideas that the author presented were that war need not be waged unless it is absolutely necessary and that one should not be arrogant in war because it will lead to downfall. Included in this topic is preparation. There were many ideas stating that generals should prepare before the war. He wrote that a general should send spies to learn about the enemy's strengths and weaknesses. Also a general should know the land that the war will be waged for so that he has all the advantages.4. There was a very effective writing technique used by the translator of the book. After each of Sun Tzu's points, he added a quote or example to back up the point made by Sun Tzu. Number thirteen in the section of waging war stated, "With strength thus depleted and wealth consumed the households in the central plains will be utterly impoverished and seven-tenths of their wealth dissipated." After this the translator a quote from Li Ch'uan. The quote is as follows: " If war drags on without cessation men and women will resent not being able to marry, and will be distressed by the burdens of transportation."

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