The Surprising Link Between Selling Sunset’s Christine Quinn And Dominic Cummings

Yes, that Dominic Cummings...

Christine Quinn and Dominic Cummings

by Rhiannon Evans |
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And again, yes, that Dominic Cummings of government and going to Durham and Barnard Castle for an eye test fame. And that Christine Quinn - the one from Selling Sunset who is our 2020 icon and queen.

One of them saved us from despair at the lowest points of lockdown and one of them plunged us into it... but they do have something in common.

Wait for it... No, it's not their 'individual' style sense...

It's their love of book, The Art Of War by Sun Tzu. And yes, we know, like, lots of celebrities could be linked by the fact they've read 50 Shades of Grey or something, but both Christine and Dominic place - we've now learned - great importance on the book as something of a life manual.

Christine Quinn Art of War
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The book is described as 'a vastly influential treatise on military strategy in the east from the time of China's Warring States Period (403-221 BC) onward'. So not a beach read let's just say.

Christine Quinn revealed her love of the book in a video with British Vogue this week, revealing what was in her bag.

Speaking in the video, she said: 'I love The Art of War. I’ve read it multiple times and it helps me in business.'

One of the guiding principles of the book is that 'The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting' - and leads to the idea of so-called 'soft power'.

I love The Art of War. I’ve read it multiple times and it helps me in business.

When it comes to British politics, the book has become closely linked with Cummings, who it's regularly referenced is a huge fan of the book. He even wrote a huge blog on the book in 2013.

But it's not like he and Christine are alone. The book is an important text for loads of important figures in history, from Napoleon to Donald Trump (who quoted the book) and Steve Bannon.

Oh, and Paris Hilton was pictured with it once too, so...

A wikipedia entry about The Art of War says: 'The book contained a detailed explanation and analysis of the Chinese military, from weapons and strategy to rank and discipline. Sun also stressed the importance of intelligence operatives and espionage to the war effort. Because Sun has long been considered to be one of history's finest military tacticians and analysts, his teachings and strategies formed the basis of advanced military training for millennia to come.'


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'The Art of War,' another review notes, 'Is a book which should be used to gain advantage of opponents in the boardroom and battlefield alike.'

And the LA real estate market it seems too.

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