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The Art of War from SmarterComics: How to be Successful in Any Competition by Sun Tzu, illustrated by Shane Chester is a graphic novel of the famous book. Many think that this famous book is only about war, but truth be told, its lessons could be applied to management and management styles.
- 80 pages
- Publisher: Writers Of The Round Table Press; 2nd Edition edition
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1610660102
The Art of War from SmarterComics: How to be Successful in Any Competition by Sun Tzu, illustrated by Shane Chester depicts Sun Tzu’s masterpiece by highlighting the main teachings of the classic guide. The artist portrays Sun Tzu as he guides the reader through the pages and applies the principles of the Art of War to modern life and management issues.
While some folks have issues with this book (see the comments section of my post), I feel that the teachings are timeless. The situations in which Chester illustrates Sun Tzu are fun and fantastical, from the sharks in the boardroom to the businessmen of the mafia, from the criminal politician to the wrestler and the rapper – Sun Tzu’s principles apply to all conflicts.
The graphic novel does get the main point of the book across; the artwork is very good, with a sense of humor and, as comic do, fills in the blanks where the text is mission. This is an enjoyable introduction to the famous book, but it doesn’t replace it. The Art of War should be studied, not read, and applied to situations in our daily management tasks.
This book is short, even shorter than the original, and took me maybe an hour to read. The graphic novel drives the point that each individual can apply these concepts to their own dilemma and overcome them with dignity, and sometimes even grace.
Zohar – Man of la Book
Disclaimer: I got this graphic novel for free
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