New Art of War, Tactics, and Power: A New Rendition of Teachings from Sun Tzu's the Art of War, Niccolo Machiavelli's the Prince, Baltasar Gracian's the Art of Worldly Wisdom, and the Works of Han Fei Tzu [Paperback]
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The New Art of War, Tactics, and Power is a new and unique text that represents some of the finest insights the world has ever produced on subjects such as strategy, leadership, management, power, and persuasion. Author Rodney Ohebsion has created a new rendition of material from four classic and legendary texts:
- The Art of War, an Ancient Chinese book of military tactics formulated by military strategist Sun Tzu
- The Prince, a guide on how to be an effective ruler and stay in power, written by Italian political theorist Niccolo Machiavelli in 1513
- The Art of Worldly Wisdom, a collection of various life strategy tactics written by Spanish Jesuit and philosopher Baltasar Gracian in 1647
- The Han Fei Tzu, an Ancient Chinese text written by the Legalist philosopher Han Fei Tzu, dealing with subjects such as authority, laws, rewards, punishments, and persuasion
The New Art of War, Tactics, and Power takes key ideas and selections from these texts, makes some new variations, additions and condensations, and puts everything in a new organization--resulting in a "new classic" that is the world's most powerful power manual ever.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.43" Width: 5.43" Height: 0.47" Weight: 0.44 lbs.
Release Date Mar 31, 2005
Publisher Immediex Publishing
ISBN 1932968237 ISBN13 9781932968231
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Good concept, terrible execution Jul 13, 2007
I've been looking for a condensed tactics book for a while, but this only goes so far. Ignoring the occasional typographical error, the book is completely underwritten. Page 39 spans all of five lines of text and there is nothing on its opposite side. It seems that no analysis of the strategies has been offered, but rather a summary of key points of the books that the cover of the book so proudly shows off.
Don't buy this because of the price. The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene is a vastly superior book to this, and it costs only $2 more.
A Collection of "Common Wisdom" Jun 8, 2007
I was looking for the Art of War by Sun Tzu on Bookins and found this "updated" version of Sun Tzu's teachings which has been compiled along with teachings from three others. I was not sure what to expect so I was neither delighted nor disappointed by what I received.
New Art of War is a very easy read. It's only 152 pages long and almost half of those pages are blank back sides and/or only half filled. The lessons are (mostly) presented in very quick, short bursts which make them easy to read and digest.
While I wouldn't say that this is not a very business-oriented book, there are business principles that can be gleaned for most business leaders. Most of the insight is "common" knowledge, especially since these writings originated thousands of years ago, but having a collection from these four philosophers in one place makes for a good read.
new art of war , tatics and power May 12, 2007
a colosal waste of money and paper to print it on . wanted to return it but didn't get it returned in the allowed amount of time . this is without a doubt the worst purchase of a book by me EVER !! didn't give an option for lower than one star unfortunately .
Collected thoughts on daily strategy May 20, 2005
This brief book collects thoughts from four of history's greatest strategists, the kinds of ideas you can put to immediate use in your business life and daily life. Two of the thinkers, Sun Tzu and especially Macchiavelli are well known in west. The other two, Baltasar Gracián and Han Fei Tzu, deserve to be better known. Rodney Ohebsion's book shows why.
Extracts from all four writers discuss trust, leadership, success, and the factors that lead up to it. Despite separations up to two thousand years, and the wider separations of Eastern and Western culture, there are some stiking similiarities in their thinking. All of them stress flexibility and adaptation to circumstance, for example in Sun Tzu's "Modifying Tactics", Macchiavelli's "Suit Action to Fit the Times," Gracián's "Variate", and Han Fei's "Adapt." Other recurring themes include the value of information (pp. 71, 89, 127), or the preferred kinds of forces for binding the led to the leader (pp. 41, 67, 135). The book is intentionally brief or it could have drawn more parallels as well, for example Macchiavelli's "Lion and Fox" to Gracián's 'serpent and dove.' Unfortunately, the reader must refer to Gracián's own book to see that passage. Only 13 of the 300 aphoristic "oracles" are reproduced here, and the other authors are similarly abridged.
That brings up an important point about this book. It is brief by intent, so it necessarily loses much of each writer's context and general sense. Gracián was a Jesuit priest, familiar with warfare but largely concerned with social the good and bad of interactions. Sun Tzu's goals were different, but relatively direct: his work discusses military strategy only, and applicability in other spheres is just a happy side effect. Macchiavelli, of course, dealt with adversarial affairs of state in many ways, often referring to adversaries within the state or even within the court. Han Fei, however, is the most chilling of the lot. His original, Legalist text is practically a cookbook for totalitarianism. He turns even one's own family into potential enemies. He uses even the happiness of people as a tool for reducing their threat. The full brutality of hard-core Legalist thinking, as it deals with one's own people, is not at all apparent in Ohebsion's extracts.
Still, there is a lot to like in this book. Ohebsion's target audience seems to be busy people who want only the good parts, and Ohebsion addresses that demand. He supplies nearly no commentary, not even the implicit comment there would have been in grouping similar chapters by each author together. There's a lot of white space in the book too, so its nominal 150 pages read like a lot less.
Perhaps best of all, Ohebsion introduces a busy modern reader to classic thinkers worth further attention. For example, I had never heard of Gracián. Extracts in this book motivated me to read the whole of that text, for which I am grateful.
//wiredweird, reviewing a complimentary copy
The Wisdom of Posterity. May 8, 2005
The New Art of War is a summary involving four of history's richest observors of power and human nature. The ideas of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, Baltasar Gracian, and Han Fei Tzu are packaged into an easily accessible book and then recapitulated with modern readers in mind. One can see how this would be useful to those in the business world and how the development of a strategy concerning interactions with others would benefit aspiring executives.
It was helpful to read Ohebsion's descriptions of The Prince and The Art of War even though I was already highly familiar with the conclusions of those quasi-prophets. Yet, despite the nobility of Machievelli and Sun Tzu the latter two sages, Gracian and Han Fei Tzu, were what really stood out in the text. I was a novice to their ideas and their thoughts before opening these pages. Baltasar Gracian's The Art of Worldly Wisdom is definitely something that I want to one day study in its entirety. His insight on human nature is astounding. The statement, "People must be studied as deeply as books," should be posted on the wall. His injunction against falling into the quagmire of trivial matters is pure gold and a point that is universally applicable to man. With Han Fei Tzu, the fact that his views are galaxies away from the touchy-feely pap ruinously issued by self-help books mandates that these observations be read again and again. Wouldn't Bill Clinton have benefited from Tzu's admonition, "The wise ruler, in conducting himself with women, enjoys them, but doesn't let them manipulate and control him with their requests." Ah, had he followed this there would have been "no blue light/two for one special" during his presidency. Overall, the author does us a great service by elucidating the brainwork of these forgotten masterminds.
I did have one criticism of the book which stemmed from its lack of a unifying, integrating introduction. The ideas of these giants must be synthesized for the reader and presented as one vision. Thta is essential. The author needs to let the reader know why these minds are so exceptional and also what their application is to the present day. Certainly, once we read the book we can figure that out for ourselves (hopefully) but a strong preliminary statement would have been useful. Regrettably, it was absent.
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