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INTRODUCTION

Sun Tzu was a general in China about 500 BC. If we relate this time to other world events, the Jews were in captivity and the prophets Haggai and Zechariah were preaching. About 520, the Jews began to rebuild the temple and Jerusalem and we can read about this in the book of Nehemiah. Why is this man Sun Tzu so important? This man was a general and collected many essays on warfare and dealing with military matters. His collection is called the ’Art of War.’ Many of his ideas spread to Japan and other Asian countries and even spread to France just before the revolution.

The works of Sun Tzu have been widely known in the United States since the mid-1970s. Diplomat Henry

Kissinger has made reference to Sun Tzu and the principles for the conduct of warfare has been the subject of serious study in U.S. military circles for many years. ’The Art of War’ as applied to business, sports, diplomacy and personal lives has been popularized in American business and management texts. Sun Tzu may be the most frequently quoted Chinese personality in the world today.

The ancient Chinese warrior Sun Tzu taught his men to "know your enemy" before going into battle. For if "you know your enemy and know yourself," he wrote, "you need not fear the result of a hundred battles." But, Sun Tzu warned, "If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat."

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