The Art Of War

The Art Of War

by Niccolo Machiavelli, Ellis Farneworth

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Overview

Voltaire said, "Machiavelli taught Europe the art of war; it had long been practiced, without being known." For Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527), war was war, and victory the supreme aim to which all other considerations must be subordinated. The Art of War is far from an anachronism—its pages outline fundamental questions that theorists of war continue to examine today, making it essential reading for any student of military history, strategy, or theory. Machiavelli believed The Art of War to be his most important work.

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ISBN-13: 9780306810763
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 07/28/2001
Edition description: REV
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 467,313
Product dimensions: 5.75(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.00(d)

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The Art Of War 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is Great. If you like SUN TZU 'Art of War' you will definatelety appreciate this book. Facinating information on every page. You can learn life stategies from this book.
Wprecht on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The work is a completely new translation by Christopher Lynch. His goal was to produce as accurate and faithful translation as the two languages would allow. That job was handled particularly well. There are extensive notes on the translation process and word choice. If you are looking for a very faithful tranlation, this book is for you.However, it's not for me. I am an avid military history reader and I was looking forward to this book. But, the dense run on sentences that characterize the Italian original makes for tough going.Lynch begins the book with an extensive introduction that sets the work in context both in Italian politics and in Machiavelli's life. I thought that was quite good.He (Lynch) ends the volume with an interpretive essay that I thought was a bit choppy and is more focused on Machiavelli (no surprise, that's his field). I was hoping for more on the art of war part. This is a facinating book in that it was written by a civilian with very little practical experience in the field. More of a compare/contrast look at how his ideas stacked up against the more conventional masters would have been nice.
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american_cicero More than 1 year ago
I have not read the book, but i was not expecting it to be in Shakespearean English either. If you don't mind a challenge then by all means buy it. However I was looking for a version in modern English. p.s. The book itself looks very unprofessional I am not sure where they got it printed but they could have done better.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
In this book, Machiavelli writes the most detailed and fascinating account of medieval warfare ever recorded. His outstanding attention to every aspect of warfare makes this book outshine every other medieval military theory book to date. In it, he comments on everything from raising the army to the actual battle and aftermath. Along with military genius, machivelli's political genius is also displayed by his innate understanding of the relationship between the military might and freedom of a country. I would recommend this book to anyone with the slightest curiosity about whether to take cavalry or infantry to battle; or whether to place your artillery in the middle of your battle line or to the flank. Surprisingly relevant in modern times, and written with an engaging and easy to understand style, this book is a must read for the weekend general.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldnt make it through this entire book. I found it a difficult read and thought it would be more along the lines of The Art of War by Sun Tzu.