Two classic works of military strategy that shaped the way we think about warfare: The Art of War by Sun Tzu and On War by Karl von Clausewitz, together in one volume "Civilization might have been spared much of the damage suffered in the world wars . . . if the influence of Clausewitz's On War had been blended with and balanced by a knowledge of Sun Tzu's The Art of War."--B. H. Liddel Hart
For two thousand years, Sun Tzu's The Art of War
has been the indispensable volume of warcraft. Although his work is the first known analysis of war and warfare, Sun Tzu struck upon a thoroughly modern concept: "The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting."
Karl von Clausewitz, the canny military theorist who famously declared that war is a continuation of politics by other means, also claims paternity of the notion "total war." On War
is the magnum opus of the era of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars.
Now these two great minds come together in a single volume that also features an introduction by esteemed military writer Ralph Peters and the Modern Library War Series introduction by Caleb Carr, New York Times
bestselling author of The Alienist
(The cover and text refer to The Art of War
as The Art of Warfare,
an alternate translation of the title.)