The art of war does sound like a 1000 page treatise, rather than the 40 page think piece it actually is.

Yeah but if you read The Art of War without an adjacent commentary, the text is a shit-show. You kind of do need to read one of the annotated versions where generals explain the cultural context because the text by itself is a black hole of meaning.

Like here:

17. Let your rapidity be that of the wind, your compactness that of the forest.

The fuck does that mean?

“Don’t be slow?” Alright great, thanks, we knew that already. We already didn’t want to be slow. But what speed is slow? And do you mean “don’t have slow soldiers,” or does it mean “don’t have a slow army?” Or should I, personally, as the officer, not be slow?

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