The following is an except from my published work, The Art of War, Book 6 – Fortitude and Frailty
“The pressures of being a great leader, when they descend onto the shoulders of the mighty warlord, are not understood by lesser men. He is misunderstood, and until his authority is absolute and Heaven has smiled on him, he may be considered mad. It is through his belief in himself, without the support of others to lean on, that he finally does attain greatness: nothing is able to resist him and everything rushes to do his bidding. Because of his belief in this knowledge, he continues on in his quest and does not stop. That is also why Heaven must eventually give way. Heaven provides for all of the following when the warlord has properly considered his actions.
aWhen the warlord is prepared for battle, he is first into the arena of combat and does not shrink because of fear or doubt. His fortitude is fixed and his fighting will be done with ease if he understands the way to achieve his goals. If he arrives late and is insecure in his position, it is because he did not plan properly and can easily be beaten. Wise warlords bring the enemy to them and do not permit the enemy to suck them into false security. He does not permit the alleged power of his enemies to influence him and will always issue the final order: good, bad, or indifferent.”
To celebrate 25 years of successful sales of my interpretation of Sun Tzu’s Art of War, Tuttle Publishing will be releasing a hard cover version of the book on November 30, 2021. Preorders are now being taken at Amazon.com
This edition includes 32 pages of full color images, capturing the pageantry of ancient combat. A new foreword by martial historian and decorated martial artist Alexander Bennett explains the importance of Sun Tzu’s text and the value of Kaufman’s interpretation for the martial artist.