Know Your Enemy, Know Yourself: Sun Tzu and The Art of War Evening Program on Zoom Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. ET Code: 1H0579 Tickets $20 - Member $25 - Non-Member Resize text remove add Statue of Sun Tzu in Yurihama, Tottori, in Japan PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The Chinese military philosopher and strategist Sun Tzu produced his masterpiece The Art of War sometime around the fifth century BC. It is widely hailed as one of the most influential works of military theory ever written, and one of the foundational tracts describing the “Eastern way of war.” Leaders from Mao Zedong to Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr., have drawn inspiration from its maxims. Today the philosophy of The Art of War is taught at all levels of the U.S. military and enjoys periodic interest from businessmen and CEOs convinced that its insights into ancient warfare can help them defeat competitors in the marketplace. Join historian Christopher Hamner as he examines some of the delights and frustrations of untangling Sun Tzu’s sometimes-opaque aphorisms and explores some of the most famous passages in his masterwork. He also addresses the contrasts between the approach exemplified in the Chinese axioms with the more familiar “Western way of war” that has dominated much of American thinking for the past three centuries. PATRON INFORMATION If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group. Unless otherwise noted, registration for streaming programs typically closes two hours prior to the start time on the date of the program. Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from CustomerService@SmithsonianAssociates.org. Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance. View Common FAQs about our Streaming Programs on Zoom. This program is part of ourSmithsonian Associates Streaming series.