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The Art of War
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Widely read and highly esteemed throughout the 16th century, this major work was a favorite of Frederick the Great, Napoleon, Saint-Cyr, and Clausewitz. In it, Machiavelli makes liberal use of the theories of the Romans while advancing the revolutionary idea that politics and war constitute a kind of functional unity.
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