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The 33 Strategies of War by Robert Greene summarized as succinctly as possible in this 24-min animation by yours truly, illacertus. I received an e-mail reply from Robert Greene after waiting an approximate three months since I sent my initial fan mail linking to these summaries, in which he says Thank You.

"The art of war is to win without bloodshed or the use of force. (Otherwise) the minimum necessary use of violence."

Part I) Self-Directed Warfare
1) Declare War on Your Enemies
2) Do Not Fight the Last War
3) Do Not Lose Your Presence of Mind
4) Create a Sense of Urgency & Desperation

Part II) Organizational (Team) Warfare
5) Avoid The Snare of Groupthink
6) Segment Your Forces
7) Transform Your War into a Crusade

Part III) Defensive Warfare
8) Pick Your Battles
9) Turn the Tables
10) Create a Threatening Presence
11) Trade Space for Time

Part IV) Offensive Warfare
12) Lose The Battles But Win The War
13) Know Your Enemy
14) Overwhelm Resistance With Speed and Suddenness
15) Control the Dynamic
16) Hit Them Where it Hurts
17) Defeat Them in Detail
18) Expose and Attack Your Enemy's Soft Flank
19) Envelop The Enemy
20) Maneuver Them Into Weakness
21) Negotiate While Advancing
22) Know How To End Things

Part V) Unconventional (Dirty) War
23) Weave a Seamless Blend of Fact and Fiction
24) Take The Line of Least Expectation
25) Occupy the Moral High Ground
26) Deny Them Targets
27) Seem to Work for the Interests of Others
28) Give Your Rivals Enough Rope To Hang Themselves
29) Take Small Bites
30) Penetrate Their Minds
31) Destroy From Within
32) Dominate While Seeming to Submit
33) The Chain Reaction Strategy
The Art of War is the most influential treatise on war ever written, consisting of 13 chapters each of which is devoted to one aspect of warfare, it has shaped the way in which conflicts have been fought for thousands of years from the Japanese samurai to the Napoleonic war. Not only has the book influenced military commanders and generals all over the world, it has had resounding effects on politics, sports and business to this day.

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