The Art Of War by Niccolo Machiavelli

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A fundamental work by one of the greatest political and military theorists of Western civilization.

Voltaire said, "Machiavelli taught Europe the art of war; it had long been practiced, without being known." For Machiavelli, 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.

Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527) believed The Art of War to be his most important work.


About Niccolo Machiavelli

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Political philosopher, statesman and court advisor Niccolo Machiavelli was born on May 3, 1469 in Florence, Italy. Starting out as a clerk, Machiavelli quickly rose in the ranks because he understood balance of power issues involved in many of his diplomatic missions. Machiavelli's political pursuits quickly ended after he was imprisoned by the Medici family. Machiavelli is best known for "The Prince," his guide to power attainment and cutthroat leadership. He also wrote poetry and plays, including a comedy named "Mandragola." Niccolo Machiavelli died on June 21, 1527 in Florence. Wood is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at York University.
Published July 5, 2001 by Da Capo Press. 340 pages
Genres: History, War. Non-fiction

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