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.
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