Decoding the Art of War provides the fun stories and historical contexts of the world-renowned Chinese strategy book to help you master the age-old wisdom and put it into practice. Follow this podcast so you no longer need to pretend you've read it.
Episode 13 The use of Spies
Sun Tzu’s war theories are built on information and espionage. He believed a spy-master had to be very smart indeed, to sniff out the truth from mission reports. He also had to be highly thorough: when a military operation is mapped out, efforts must be made to gain knowledge about the opposing commander, his staff members, his aides-de-camp, his gatekeepers and his guards.
Episode 12 Attack by Fire
Sun Tzu clearly preferred fire to water in military tactics, and he developed quite a comprehensive theory on the use of fire. But if read between the lines, the arsonist's manual reveals much more on opportunities.
Episode 11 Know Thyself
Sun Tzu studied the state of mind of soldiers. He noticed that they tend to grow stronger in solidarity as they venture deeper into enemy territory. When they're surrounded, they offer an obstinate resistance; when they're given no choice, they put up the toughest of fights; and in moments of desperation, they take to orders like thunder follows lightening.
Episode 10 Watch the Enemy
Sun Tzu in his science of war also relied on observation to read the enemy’s movement, the meticulous and exhaustive approach with which he tried to gain information about the enemy can still be inspiring.
Episode 09 The Issue of Choice
For a military commander, there are roads he doesn’t have to take; there are enemies he doesn’t have to fight; there are cities he doesn’t have to attack; there is territory he doesn’t have to occupy; and there are king’s orders he doesn’t have to follow. A commander must know he always has other choices and must make up his mind based on the situation at hand.
Episode 08 The Initiative of War
A commander must choose the battleground to his advantage and led his forces to the right spot before the enemy shows up.
Good communication is required for troops assemble and split up as the situation requires.
Commanders to stay clear of the enemy when they’re at their best, and attack only when the opponent is tired and hungry.