The Prince and the Art of War
Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli (May 3, 1469 – June 21, 1527) was an Italian diplomat and political philosopher. Machiavelli was a figure of the Italian Renaissance. He is most famous — or notorious — for one of his shorter works,The Prince, which was printed only after his death, in the early 1530s. Whatever Machiavelli's own intentions, his name became synonymous with ruthless politics, deceit and the pursuit of power by any means.
Historians debate whether or not Sun Tzu was a real historical figure. According to traditional sources, Sun Tzu is born in Qi during the Spring and Autumn Period of China (722–481 BC) and becomes a heroic general of the King of Wu that lived c. 544—496 BC. His victories inspired him to write The Art of War. Historians commonly place the writing of The Art of War in the Warring States Period (403–221 BC), based on its description of warfare. During the 19th and 20th centuries, The Art of War gained popularity and saw practical use in Western society.
Common Sense, A Summary View of the Rights of British America, Thoughts on Government and the Speeches of Washington
The American Revolution stands as a major turning point in world history. Most prominently, it resulted in the creation of the United States of America, a nation that has played a dominate role in world affairs for the past century. Equally as important it established a nation based on the republican model of government. In the world of the 18th Century where monarchs and emperors still wielded vast powers, the American model clearly placed the power of the nation with its people and not with a prince. This book contains the key writings and speeches of several major figures in the U.S. Revolutionary War, specifically Thomas Jefferson's "A Summary View of the Rights of British America", Patrick Henry's "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death", Thomas Paine's "Common Sense", John Adams' "Thoughts on Government" and the Speeches of George Washington. Also included is the Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States of America.
From the Missouri Compromise to the Surrender at Appomattox: Milestones to the American Civil War
It can be argued that the road to the Civil War began before the United States was officially founded. The seeds of the conflict lay in the different paths that the North and the South were already traveling at the time of the Revolution, with the major fault line being the issue of slavery. The historical documents and writings included in this book mark important points on the path starting with the Missouri Compromise to the Civil War's conclusion. These documents display how slavery became the overriding domestic conflict of the first half of the 19th Century and show the different ways that Congress tried to resolve the future of slavery in an expanding nation. From the Missouri Compromise to the Surrender at Appomattox contains very little commentary by its editors, other than to frame the documents in their historical context. Instead it is designed to let the documents speak for themselves.
The Cloud of Unknowing &The Jefferson Bible
AND if ever thou shalt come to this cloud and dwell and work therein as I bid thee, thee behoveth as this cloud of unknowing is above thee, betwixt thee and thy God, right so put a cloud of forgetting beneath thee; betwixt thee and all the creatures that ever be made. Thee thinketh, peradventure, that thou art full far from God because that this cloud of unknowing is betwixt thee and thy God: but surely, an it be well conceived, thou art well further from Him when thou hast no cloud of forgetting betwixt thee and all the creatures that ever be made. --- From "The Cloud of Unknowing"
In a letter to Adams written from Monticello, October 12, 1813, Jefferson gives a description of the volume as follows: "We must reduce our volume to the simple Evangelists, select, even from them, the very words only of Jesus, paring off the amphiboligisms into which they have been led, by forgetting often, or not understanding, what had fallen from him, by giving their own misconceptions as his dicta, and expressing unintelligibly for others what they had not understood themselves. There will be found remaining the most sublime and benevolent code of morals which has ever been offered to man. I have performed this operation for my own use, by cutting verse by verse out of the printed book, and arranging the matter which is evidently his and which is as easily distinguished as diamonds in a dung-hill. The result is an octavo of forty-six pages." --- From "The Jefferson Bible" Contemplate and explore these contrasting and complementary approaches to understanding and knowing God.
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, The Lady of Shallot, The Lady of the Fountain,and other Classic Poems and Tales of Camelot
Stories of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table have been told and retold for centuries with each generation adding to the tale and adapting them to fit their times. The Arthurian tales of chivalry, romance, and tragedy have left a lasting impact on English literature.This collection contains Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (trans. 1898), The Lady of Shallot (1833), The Founding of the Round Table (trans. 1914), The Passing of Arthur (trans. 1914), The Morte D'arthur (1914), The Lady of the Fountain (trans. 1877), Arthurian Songs: 1. Avalon (1894), and Sir Galahad, a Christmas Mystery (1858).