I've been contemplating on buying the book for several months now and for whatever reason have passed it for another book. I'm most likely going to buy it the next time I'm in my local Barnes & Nobel. I think it would make an excellent article. You bring up good points about how it can help create a better view on leadership, etc in men.
Yes, they do fight their own battles! However, I like to think of every choice is a battle and the consequences are the results of those choices. There are always choices.
I mentioned in my initial post on here that the book is really about making the most efficient choices to affect the outcome you want to achieve. Much of Sun Tzu's prose was about being efficient.
In battle armies want to conserve their energy and keep their moral high. The same goes with any granularity of a confrontation whether it is one person or thousands. The most important thing is being efficient and conserving energy. So, in combat, you conserve energy by moving efficiently. At home it can be applied to your bank account and maintaining cash flow, by making the most efficient choices whether it be purchasing choices, or behavioral choices that affect the cash flow (ie, use too much water or electricity).
The same can be applied in a one on one physical confrontation. Rather than try to bear the brunt of an attack from a much larger person, it may be more efficient to redirect their energy elsewhere while conserving yours, or bait them into over extending their reach and tipping their balance and making them weak.
Anyway some of my thoughts on it.
I personally feel that the interpretation of the messages by the individual is an integral part to the enjoyment of the book. However, I would very much enjoy an article about the historical influence of application of The Art of War.
The Art of War can be downloaded for free from Gutenberg.org http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/132
Some of my favorites:
“Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.”
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”
“Move swift as the Wind and closely-formed as the Wood. Attack like the Fire and be still as the Mountain.”
“Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.”
OK, I generally don't go after someone's spelling, but since you keep repeating it: the word is "article."
If you have an interest in it, say why, and if you give enough detail, we have the article.
Strunk and White would seem more immediately useful to the OP.