The ultimate warrior mused about all things possible and probable in war with his immaculate treatise “The Art of War”. Written between the spring and autumn of the 6th century BC, Sun Tzu wrote thirteen chapters that would ultimately define all strategy for war – and its successful outcome.
It is said that his life was structured by his desire to win and formed by his fear of losing. As a result, Sun Tzu’s writings and strategies have leapt through centuries to influence and inform many of the world’s most powerful men, many legends in their own right from Napoleon, Mao Zedong, Baron Antoine-Henri Jomini, Chiang Kai-shek to General Douglas MacArthur and even businessman Donald Trump.
Wars have been waged since the beginning of time yet no one knew how to develop Sun Tzu’s sense of purpose, strategy and staging the mental and physical environment to effectuate the perfect conditions for success.
With “Art of the Warrior” we follow the compelling life of this amazingly complex and strict-minded man. Known as the warrior’s warrior his conquests stretched from the East through India to Russia. His barbarity was well known and he was greatly feared.
Sun Tzu was born around 544 BC to a family of aristocrats who lost their land through territorial consolidation which informed many of his future writings. While most high born people of that time traveled as academic scholars Sun Tzu chose life as a mercenary – and thus became an outcast and the world’s first outlaw.
His notoriety and legend as a military strategist came when he proved his knowledge by training an early battalion of previously untrained female soldiers. He taught the women of each battalion in King Helu’s harem of concubines and was said to have made off with one of them in the end.
Sun Tzu was a man who did not advocate war; however he developed and taught strategies to be used should conflict present itself. Although among the most barbaric of warriors, at the end of his life he was a man who yearned for a peaceful, quiet life. War had taken its toll on Sun Tzu, who lived during the period of Confucius and was believed to have been influenced by him and his teachings of peace and tranquility.