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How to Win
36 Ancient Strategies for Success
By (author): Eva Wong
9781611808278 Paperback, Trade English General Trade PHILOSOPHY / Eastern Jun 02, 2020
$22.95 CAD
Active 5.23 x 7.47 x 0.57 in | 0.46 lb 240 pages Shambhala
Potent advice on how to think and act strategically in business, politics, and relationships—drawn from classic Chinese military and political expertise.

The ancient strategies of war and politics have much to offer us in navigating the complicated challenges we face today—and to help us wisely and effectively meet our business, political, and relational goals. Here, eminent Chinese scholar and Taoist teacher Eva Wong unpacks the wisdom of The Thirty-Six Strategies, a collection of advice encoded in sayings, steeped in Chinese history and culture. She explores strategies attributed to renowned military philosophers such as Sun Tzu and Zhuge Liang (aka “The Sleeping Dragon”), along with other less-known advisors, that were implemented during three of the most chaotic eras of Chinese history—the Spring and Autumn Period, the Warring States Period, and the Three Kingdoms. Covering three categories of strategy—proactive, reactive, and desperate—Wong expertly connects the words of ancient military philosophers with timeless advice, as useful today as it was in the Tang dynasty (618-906) when this collection was originally gathered.

In Chinese military philosophy and political theory, the thirty-six strategies are considered “yin” or “shadow” in nature, meaning that they operate best in darkness and concealment. As Wong writes, “Desperate times call for desperate measures, and since the thirty-six strategies rose out of times of war and conflict, it is inevitable that they were used to win wars, triumph over opponents, take advantage of situations, and survive when defeat is imminent.”

Strategic advice made relevant and usable: Eva Wong adapted this material for a course she is teaching, and the result is wonderfully accessible. The sayings/strategies are short and pithy, and the way Wong unpacks them is invaluable—with fascinating historical context and her pointed, accessible advice on how to use them.

Guidance on risk assessment and selecting strategies: Wong covers three categories of strategy—proactive, reactive, and desperate—and six approaches: strategies for winning, strategies for deceiving the opponent, strategies for attacking, strategies that take advantage of chaos and confusion, strategies of sabotage, and strategies for desperate conditions. She covers risk assessment to help readers determine the best approach.

Expert author: Eva Wong is renowned for her translations of Chinese classics and Taoist texts, including A Master Course in Feng-Shui, Tales of the Taoist Immortals, and Taoism: An Essential Guide.

EVA WONG is an independent scholar and a practitioner of the Taoist arts of the Pre-Celestial Way and Complete Reality lineages. She has written and translated many books on Taoism and related topics, including A Master Course in Feng-Shui, Tales of the Taoist Immortals, and Taoism: An Essential Guide.

Author Residence: Evergreen, CO

Author Hometown: Taiwan

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