Art of War

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Niccolò Machiavelli's Art of War is one of the world's great classics of military and political theory. Praised by the finest military minds in history and said to have influenced no lesser lights than Frederick the Great and Napoleon, the Art of War is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the history and theory of war in the West—and for readers of The Prince and Discourse on Livy who seek to explore more fully the connection between war and politics in Machiavelli's thought.

Machiavelli scholar Christopher Lynch offers a sensitive and entirely new translation of the Art of War, faithful to the original but rendered in modern, idiomatic English. Lynch's fluid translation helps readers appreciate anew Machiavelli's brilliant treatments of the relationships between war and politics, civilians and the military, and technology and tactics. Clearly laying out the fundamentals of military organization and strategy, Machiavelli marshals a veritable armory of precepts, prescriptions, and examples about such topics as how to motivate your soldiers and demoralize the enemy's, avoid ambushes, and gain the tactical and strategic advantage in countless circumstances.

To help readers better appreciate the Art of War, Lynch provides an insightful introduction that covers its historical and political context, sources, influence, and contemporary relevance. He also includes a substantial interpretive essay discussing the military, political, and philosophical aspects of the work, as well as maps, an index of names, and a glossary.
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Christopher Lynch is assistant professor of political science at Carthage College.
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University of Chicago Press
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Published on
Jan 24, 2009
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Pages
312
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ISBN
9780226500324
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Military / General
Political Science / General
Political Science / History & Theory
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Collected here in this 4-in-1 omnibus are the most important books ever written on the art of war. The Art of War By Sun Tzu translated and commented on by Lionel Giles, On War by Carl von Clausewitz, The Art of War by Niccolò Machiavelli, and The Art of War by Baron De Jomini. These four books will give you as complete a view on the art of war as you can attain. This is the most important book ever written about warfare and conflict. Lionel Giles' translation is the definitive edition and his commentary is indispensable. The Art of War can be used and adapted in every facet of your life. This book explains when and how to go to war, as well as when not to. Learn how to win any conflict whether it be on the battlefield or in the boardroom. Although Carl von Clausewitz participated in many military campaigns, he was primarily a military theorist interested in the examination of war. On War is the West's premier work on the philosophy of war. Other soldiers before him had written treatises on various military subjects, but none undertook a great philosophical examination of war on the scale of Clausewitz's. On War is considered to be the first modern book of military strategy. This is due mainly to Clausewitz' integration of political, social, and economic issues as some of the most important factors in deciding the outcomes of a war. It is one of the most important treatises on strategy ever written, and continues to be required reading at many military academies. Niccolo Machiavelli considered this book his greatest achievement. Here you will learn how to recruit, train, motivate, and discipline an army. You will learn the difference between strategy and tactics. Machiavelli does a masterful job of breaking down and analyzing historic battles. This book of military knowledge belongs alongside Sun-Tzu and Clausewitz on every book shelf. Antoine-Henri Jomini was the most celebrated writer on the Napoleonic art of war. Jomini was present at most of the most important battles of the Napoleonic Wars. His writing, therefore, is the most authoritative on the subject. "The art of war, as generally considered, consists of five purely military branches,-viz.: Strategy, Grand Tactics, Logistics, Engineering, and Tactics. A sixth and essential branch, hitherto unrecognized, might be termed Diplomacy in its relation to War. Although this branch is more naturally and intimately connected with the profession of a statesman than with that of a soldier, it cannot be denied that, if it be useless to a subordinate general, it is indispensable to every general commanding an army." -Antoine-Henri Jomini
 Niccolò Machiavelli, the Italian Renaissance historian, politician, diplomat, philosopher and humanist, is regarded by many as the founder of modern political science. His most renowned work, ‘The Prince’, continues to cause great controversy for its advocacy of immoral and ruthless actions in politics. Due to this notorious text, the term "Machiavellian" is often associated with political deceit and deviousness; nevertheless, Machiavelli’s writings were also an inspiration to Enlightenment proponents of modern democratic political philosophy This comprehensive eBook presents Machiavelli’s collected works, with numerous illustrations, rare texts appearing in digital print for the first time, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)


* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Machiavelli’s life and works

* Concise introductions to the treatises and other texts

* All the major works, with individual contents tables

* Features rare translations appearing for the first time in digital publishing

* Four translations of ‘The Prince’ — Edward Dacres, Christian E. Detmold, W. K. Marriott and Ninian Hill Thomson; also includes the original Italian 1540 text

* Two translations of ‘The Art of War — Peter Whitehorne and Henry Neville; also includes the original Italian 1520 text

* Two translations of ‘Discourses on Livy’ — Henry Neville and Ninian Hill Thomson

* Images of how the books were first published, giving your eReader a taste of the original Renaissance texts

* Excellent formatting of the texts

* Includes Machiavelli’s rare letters and records of missions – available in no other collection

* Features three biographies - discover Machiavelli’s intriguing life

* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres


Please note: no known translations of 'The Mandrake' and Machiavelli’s poetry are available at the time of publication. Once new texts become available, they will be added to the eBook as a free update.


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CONTENTS:


The Political Works

THE PRINCE

THE ART OF WAR

A DISCOURSE ABOUT THE REFORMING OF FLORENCE

THOUGHTS OF A STATESMAN

DIPLOMATIC MISSIONS


The Historical Works

A DESCRIPTION OF THE MANNER IN WHICH DUKE VALENTINO PUT VITELLOZZO VITELLI, OLIVEROTTO DA FERMO, LORD PAGOLA AND THE DUKE OF GRAVINA TO DEATH

THE LIFE OF CASTRUCCIO CASTRACANI OF LUCCA

HISTORY OF FLORENCE AND OF THE AFFAIRS OF ITALY

DISCOURSES ON LIVY


The Biographies

MACHIAVELLI by Henry Cust

INTRODUCTION TO NICCOLÒ MACHIAVELLI by W. K. Marriott

MACHIAVELLI by John Morley


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