The Art of War

The Art of War Voltaire said Machiavelli taught Europe the art of war it had long been practiced without being known For Niccol Machiavelli war was war and victory the supreme aim to which all other c

  • Title: The Art of War
  • Author: Niccolò Machiavelli Peter Bondanella Mark Musa
  • ISBN: 9780146002007
  • Page: 394
  • Format: Paperback
  • Voltaire said, Machiavelli taught Europe the art of war it had long been practiced, without being known For Niccol Machiavelli 1469 1527 , 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, maVoltaire said, Machiavelli taught Europe the art of war it had long been practiced, without being known For Niccol Machiavelli 1469 1527 , 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 Machiavelli believed The Art of War to be his most important work.

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    1. - "Good orders without military help are disordered"- "A wise questioner makes one considermany things and recognize many others that one would never have recognized without being asked."- War makes thieves and peace hangs them.- Aquire fame as able not as good.- I am esteemed not so much because I understand war as because I also know how to counsel in peace.- DOn't keep beside you either too great lovers of peace or too great lovers of war.- A battle that you win cancels any other bad action o [...]

    2. His writings are considered immoral, he teaches you to be appear to be meek as a lamb but deadly as a lion. How to conquer, how to placate, the importance of perception and how it is better to be feared than loved.

    3. The only one of Machiavelli's major works to be published in his lifetime, The Art of War is a survey of Machiavelli's opinions on the composition, employment, and leadership of an army.I found the introduction to this book by Neal Wood to be illuminating as it connected Machiavelli's views in this book to his other famous political works (Discourses and The Prince). It also discussed Machiavelli's sources (most of his examples are from Greek and Roman history, as befitting a Renaissance book) a [...]

    4. Haven't read this in a while. It's still a great read. There are so many nuances and strategies that can be applied to all aspects of life, not just war, that can make your actions and decisions mutually beneficial for yourself and everyone involved. :)

    5. When most people hear the name Machiavelli, they probably consider him a one trick pony for, "The Prince." In reality, Machiavelli was a prolific writer, but his political treatise overpowers anything else."The Art of War" is an interesting discussion of how armies should be armed and organized. The treatise is organized into several "books" and is shown as a discussion between three characters, one of which is Machiavelli. Based on his knowledge of Roman organization, combined with the technolo [...]

    6. In una calda giornata di primavera o d'estate, Fabrizio Colonna gioca al Fantacalcio con gli eserciti internazionali presenti e passati nell'orto di Cosimo Rucellai a Firenze. Ne esce un lungo trattato sotto forma di dialogo, molto più spesso di monologo, sull'organizzazione militare ideale, con una punta di nostalgia che in ogni epoca e luogo non può mai mancare.

    7. An entertaining reading. In some cases you can think that over past years nothing has changed- most people tend to think that it was easoer to live and to fight in previous centuries.

    8. Machiavelli is, in my view, among the most misunderstood of thinkers. In this series of discourses, he provides some insights into the nature of war and the military that were as profound when he wrote them as they are commonplace today: militias vs. standing armies, preparing for veterans, tying military goals to those of the general welfare.He also warned of weak “princes” who failed to understand the interconnectivity between the civil and political life and “need only know how to dream [...]

    9. This is a grind. I have read Art of War by Sun Tzu and On War (abridged) by Clausewitz. Both of those were philosophical, and got boring when they got into specific tactics. This book is incredibly boring, as it is almost entirely (obviously antiquated) tactics. It is also rather poorly written (or perhaps it's just a bad translation?). It is a completely flat writing style, put in the form of a dialogue about war tactics. There is none of the charm, aphorism, or wit seen in his infamous The Pri [...]

    10. Real rating: 8/10It is a book on military strategy, not a philosophical tome. Though most works only become philosophical thanks to the retroactive nature of the scholars that come centuries later. One should not fault the work simply because you assumed that the author wrote only in one genre. Would one lambaste Beatrix Potter's early work because they thought her book on mushrooms would be about anthropomorphic ones rather than the scientific nature that it was. That fault lies with the reader [...]

    11. Machiavelli thinks that Italy had fallen far behind the rest of Europe in military science and has become the "shame of the world." Italy must rediscover the methods of their ancestors to retain any dignity or even remain free from Spanish, French, or German domination. If "The Prince" could be boiled down to the question "What would Cesare Borgia do?", this book can be boiled down to "What would the ancient Romans do?" Machiavelli has a few fairly interesting sections discussing the economics o [...]

    12. È un libro breve ma estremamente noioso. Il più grande problema è la forma in cui è presentato. Machiavelli lo imposta come un dialogo tra amici: c’è il sapientone Fabrizio che risponde alle domande degli altri, ma a volte parla per pagine intere, tutto da solo. Poi ci sono gli amichetti, che ogni tanto intervengono, ma sono sempre d’accordo e sempre lo lodano. Le voci non sono distinte tra loro, anche se Machiavelli cambia interlocutore da una parte all’altra, la sostanza è invariat [...]

    13. I struggled with this one - and I suspect it was me, not the book.It was supposed to be a short book to read in short slots of time over a few days, but work gets busy, those times are not available and it all becomes disjointed. I couldn't get the flow if this writing, and couldn't extract the useful from the waffle. I know it is there somewhere, I saw it quoted in other reviews just not this time.I shall endeavour to re-read, and will improve my review, and no doubt my rating one day.

    14. Цікаве джерело з історії військової справи Давнього Риму та Середньовічної Італії, але я очікував не цього. До універсального "Мистецтва війни" Сунь Цзи, з його порадами, які можна використати не тільки у військовій сфері, але й у політичній, не дотягує значно. Цілком не акт [...]

    15. Much like The Art of War by Sun Tzu, this book also presents useful lessons on strategy that one can widely apply in all areas of life. The wisdom behind it is made clear to the reader, and its most valuable lessons are in how to treat different people.

    16. في بدء الامر لا يغرك اسم المؤلف و كتاب ايضا لا يدل عليه عنوانه . لا تدخل الكتاب وانت بذهنية ان تستفيد مثل كتاب فن الحرب لـسو تزو بل هو مراجعة لتنظيمات عسكرية في عصور قديمة لا تفيدك إلا في حالة اردت ان تعرف و ان تدرس تاريخ تلك التنظيمات انصح بقراءة فن لحرب لـسو تزو

    17. I was dissapointed by the book, mostly because I'd been spoiled by the philosophical musings on the art of war by authors like Clausewitz and Sun Tzu. Ultimately it comes down to the fact that Sun Tzu's 'The Art of War' and Clausewitz 'On War' are more about grand strategy and the philosophy behind them, ideas that are fundamentally unchanging. Machiavelli is clearly talking about the more tactical facets of warfare, and tactics, unlike the grand philosophy of strategy, changes far more often, a [...]

    18. The book Art of War, by Niccolò Machiavelli was written between 1519 and 1520. It is separated into a 'Preface' then later broken down into seven chapters. It is basically a dialogue that describes how Machiavelli thinks a proper war should be conducted. He goes into detail about proper usage of troops, where they should be put to become most useful. He also gives a very detailed description on the use of weapons such as firearms, and units such as cavalry. He does think that fire arms and cava [...]

    19. Typically when someone mentions they’re reading the Art of War, the famous book by Sun Tzu comes to mind. Niccolo Machiavelli however, more notoriously known for his work The Prince, wrote another by this same name. Written toward the later part of his life in Florence and published during the August of 1521, when it became apparent that he would not be returning to a life of public service, Machiavelli made the decision to write about warfare. Styled after Plato’s Republic, the book is base [...]

    20. Machiavelli has some interesting ideas about War and differs in parts from Clausewitz. He advocates that a stable society is built upon the foundation of a well-ordered and disciplined military. This foundation is a highly trained state-militia and is held together by good leadership, discipline, love of country etc. He even goes on to say that Religion is very useful and should be utilized to compel men to fight.He believes that the best armies are primarily infantry and that the soldiers shoul [...]

    21. This review was posted on my book blogThe Purple Bookerfirst.When people hear the name Niccolò Machiavelli they tend to think of The Prince, it is by far his most well known book, but certainly not his only one. Machiavelli was a hugely prolific writer and although only a few ( I don't know the exact number off the top of my head) of his works were published in his life time but thankfully we have his works now.Other people hear the name Niccolò Machiavelli and think of immorality and many oth [...]

    22. It took me 4.5 years to finish this one and the translation is almost entirely to blame. The dialogue is so stilted to the modern "ear" that it makes it difficult to maintain the flow of the arguments presented here. The first half of the book is devoted to infantry arrangements, which in my completely non-professional opinion is much less relevant than the latter half of the book. Much like the more widely read Art of War by Sun Tzu, the discussions on encampment, siege warfare, a Captain's cha [...]

    23. Machiavelli’s Art of War is no easy read, but it’s worth your time. In the book, Machiavelli’s friends are asking questions to a general, Fabrizio. The interview was casual, taking place in a garden. The book is Machiavelli’s word-for-word account of the interview. I found the book wordy,and felt Machiavelli did not need to write the account word-for-word. Machiavelli’s introduction was three pages, describing everything from war to weather. Neal Wood, the revisor of the book, could ha [...]

    24. I read this after reading the Prince as part of my self-introductory into military strategies and politics and such. Machiavelli is an interesting writer with keen observations, but some things felt off in his discussion on war. Maybe it was just his dismissal of artillery, or just his dogged-ness in clinging to "the Ancients". I hope to study more on Machiavelli and other subjects in this area, and I feel this is a good start. He does echo many things he said in The Prince, and there was quite [...]

    25. Mainly for antiquarians. It's about how a sixteenth-century army should deploy for battle, in big blocks of pikemen and swordsmen, all laid out down to the foot. There are also similar neat, symmetric diagrams for marches, camps, and sieges. It's thinly disguised as a dialogue, with one experienced condottioro being Machiavelli's mouthpiece and the others just providing structure, praise, and occasional softball questions. The principle point of view is that however the ancient Romans did it is [...]

    26. One of the most hard readings, mostly because half of the book teaches you how to arrange an army and how to defend/attack a city or citadel; but thanks for the historical breaks, in which the narrators explained the tactics and virtues of ancient Princes, like Hannibal, Caesar, Phillip or Alexander the Great, the book is an acceptable reading. "The art of war" is the long instruction for "The Prince", Machiavelli's other book, but he himself recognizes in the end that even if they are descendan [...]

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