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Posted November 1, 2008
This combination of Machiavelli's Art of War and The Prince is really great. Until I got this book as a gift, I didn't even know that Machiavelli had written this version of The Art of War. I had thought that it was Sun Tzu's book on The Art of War, which, by the way, is a great compliment to this book.<BR/><BR/>Having both of Machiavelli's books together in one book is more than just convenient. With The Art of War presented as a series of conversations and The Prince being a straight first person dialogue, it makes it easy to see just how accomplished a writer Machiavelli was. His ability to switch gears, in so many ways, is astounding.<BR/><BR/>These two books go together so naturally it helps you get a flavor of the period in which they were written. Just reading The Prince, by itself, is a real eye-opener, but being able to read both of these books together really shows that Machiavelli was at least a century ahead of his time. You don't have to agree with his point of view to appreciate that his view of the world (hard, cold, rational) is where a lot of people really live.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.