There are actually 2 books called "The Art of War."
The one you are most likely to encounter at any given Booksazillion
is by Sun Tzu
. Written in China
during the Spring and Autumn era
, Sun Tzu
explores the possibility of victory without violence and stresses the need to win before the battle has even begun via proper strategy and attitude.
A century or two later, during the much more violent Warring States
era, a second "Art of War"
was written by Sun Pin
, perhaps a descendent of Sun Tzu. Editions of this book have appeared entitled both as "The Art of War
" and "Military Methods.
" Its more about utter, crushing victory, and is not quite as generalizable (Sun Tzu
's could apply to an argument as much as a war) and it was lost for centuries until researchers opened a Han
dynasty tomb at Yin Chuan Shan
and found it, along with several other works, including the oldest known copy of Sun Tsu's Art of War