You can also find Bannon’s affection for military and strategic ruthlessness in what he reads. According to two of Bannon’s former friends from his West Coast days, two of his favorite books are Sun Tzu’s
The Art of War , the hugely influential ancient Chinese text on military strategy, and the Hindu Bhagavad Gita . The Bhagavad Gita tells the story of a holy war to establish dharma.
Jones said that Bannon “used to talk a lot about dharma—he felt very strongly about dharma… one of the strongest principles throughout the Bhagavad Gita.”