Sun Tzu was a Chinese military general and philosopher who wrote The Art of War. Scholars currently think that he was born Qi while the Shiji states that he was a native of Wu. Both sources agree that he was born in the late Spring and Autumn period and served the King of Wu. The Art of War presents a philosophy of war for managing conflicts and winning battles. It is accepted as a masterpiece on strategy and frequently cited and referred to by generals and theorists since it was first published, translated, and distributed internationally.