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Still Relevant after 2500 Years: The Art of War and Tao Te Ching

By Rochelle Kaplan Sun Tzu (Sunzi in pinyin) was hired by the Emperor as a general, and instead of an interview, the Emperor told him to teach his concubines to march. Because if he could do that, he could do anything. So Sun Tzu said: ‘Do I have complete control?’ The emperor said yes. So he told them to march, and the concubines just laughed. Then he summoned the head concubine and cut off her head. Then they marched.1 In the above paragraph, Harlan Ullman, the American military stra...

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