The Art of War for Women
by Chin-Ning Chu
Published 2010 by Crown Business
For a book published in 2010, there was quite a bit of old school "I am Woman, hear me roar
," feminism in this. I found that quite refreshing, personally. Also, it was balanced with shoe metaphor when discussing getting to know ourselves better. Yes, shoes in a book about women's success. That part was both charming and trenchant. (I'm one of the ones in sneakers, if you're curious.) The author also took a page out of John T. Malloy
and gently reminded today's young women that how we dress really does affect perception of our seriousness about career.
The book both makes me want to read the actual Art of War while making me shy away from it. Sun Tzu
apparently wrote it as a resume for a Warring States
king in China, so it's intentionally obscure so that said king would need Sun to advise him on it. Clever boy, but abstruse.
"If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles."
The hows and wherefores of getting to know oneself and one's enemy that well are left as an exercise for the student. :D For extra credit, reconcile with:
"The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting."
I'm starting to hear things