The Art of War

The Art of War

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The Art of War by Niccol Machiavelli

The format of 'The Art of War' was in socratic dialogue. The purpose, declared by Fabrizio (Machiavelli's persona) at the outset, "To honor and reward virtù, not to have contempt for poverty, to esteem the modes and orders of military discipline, to constrain citizens to love one another, to live without factions, to esteem less the private than the public good." To these ends, Machiavelli notes in his preface, the military is like the roof of a palazzo protecting the contents.

Written between 1519 and 1520 and published the following year, it was the only historical or political work printed during Machiavelli's lifetime, though he was appointed official historian of Florence in 1520 and entrusted with minor civil duties.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781719544559
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/22/2018
Pages: 172
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.37(d)

About the Author

Born on May 3, 1469, in Florence, Italy, Niccolò Machiavelli was a diplomat for 14 years in Italy's Florentine Republic during the Medici family's exile. When the Medici family returned to power in 1512, Machiavelli was dismissed and briefly jailed. He then wrote The Prince, a handbook for politicians on the use of ruthless, self-serving cunning, inspiring the term "Machiavellian" and establishing Machiavelli as the "father of modern political theory." He also wrote several poems and plays. He died on June 21, 1527, in Florence, Italy.

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The Art Of War 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 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.
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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.