Sun Tzu (c. 6th century BCE) was a Chinese general whose life is shrouded in mystery. It is believed that he served King Helu of Wu, and that he rose to fame as a result of his successful military exploits. Today he is a legendary figure in Asia, and his works are cited in every discipline from sports to politics in the West. Michael Evans is the General Sir Francis Hassett Chair of Military Studies at the Australian Defence College in Canberra and a professor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University in Melbourne. He is a former Head of the Australian Army's Land Warfare Studies Centre at the Royal Military College of Australia, Duntroon and has held fellowships at King's College London, the universities of York and Cape Town, and at the Australian Defence Force Academy at the University of New South Wales.