Although Carl von Clausewitz participated in many military campaigns, he was primarily a military theorist interested in the examination of war. On War is the West's premier work on the philosophy of war. Other soldiers before him had written treatises on various military subjects, but none undertook a great philosophical examination of war on the scale of Clausewitz's. On War is considered to be the first modern book of military strategy. This is due mainly to Clausewitz' integration of political, social, and economic issues as some of the most important factors in deciding the outcomes of a war. It is one of the most important treatises on strategy ever written, and continues to be required reading at many military academies.
From Chinua Achebe to Toni Morrison and Raymond Chandler to Joan Didion, the Everyman’s Library Contemporary Classics set is a collection of the finest literature of our time by award-winning and bestselling writers with new introductions and author chronologies. This set includes one each of the following titles: Animal Farmby George Orwell Belovedby Toni Morrison The Best of Wodehouseby P. G. Wodehouse The Big Sleep; Farewell, My Lovely; The High Windowby Raymond Chandler Black Mischief, Scoop, The Loved One, The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfoldby Evelyn Waugh The Bookshop, The Gate of Angels, The Blue Flowerby Penelope Fitzgerald The Border Trilogyby Cormac McCarthy Brideshead Revisitedby Evelyn Waugh The Cairo Trilogyby Naguib Mahfouz Carried Awayby Alice Munro The Castleby Franz Kafka Catch-22by Joseph Heller Collected Storiesby Franz Kafka Collected Storiesby Raymond Chandler Collected Storiesby Roald Dahl Collected Storiesby W. Somerset Maugham The Collected Worksby Kahlil Gibran The Complete Henry Bechby John Updike The Complete Short Storiesby Evelyn Waugh The Dain Curse, The Glass Key, and Selected Storiesby Dashiell Hammett Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather Doctor Zhivagoby Boris Pasternak Dublinersby James Joyce Essaysby George Orwell Ficcionesby Jorge Luis Borges The Garden of the Finzi-Continisby Giorgio Bassani The General in His Labyrinthby Gabriel García Márquez The Handmaid’s Taleby Margaret Atwood A House for Mr. Biswasby V. S. Naipaul The House of the Spiritsby Isabel Allende The Human Factorby Graham Greene If On a Winter's Night a Travelerby Italo Calvino Joseph and His Brothersby Thomas Mann The Lady in the Lake, The Little Sister, The Long Goodbye, Playbackby Raymond Chandler Lolitaby Vladimir Nabokov Love in the Time of Choleraby Gabriel García Márquez The Magic Mountainby Thomas Mann The Maltese Falcon, The Thin Man, Red Harvestby Dashiell Hammett The Master and Margaritaby Mikhail Bulgakov Midnight’s Childrenby Salman Rushdie Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamableby Samuel Beckett Mr. Sampath--The Printer of Malgudi, The Financial Expert, Waiting for the Mahatmaby R. K. Narayan Mrs. Dallowayby Virginia Woolf My Ántoniaby Willa Cather The Name of the Roseby Umberto Eco Nineteen Eighty-Fourby George Orwell Offshore, Human Voices, The Beginning of Springby Penelope Fitzgerald One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovichby Alexander Solzhenitsyn One Hundred Years of Solitudeby Gabriel García Márquez Pale Fireby Vladimir Nabokov A Passage to Indiaby E. M. Forster The Periodic Tableby Primo Levi The Plague, The Fall, Exile and the Kingdom, and Selected Essaysby Albert Camus Pninby Vladimir Nabokov A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Manby James Joyce The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity, Mildred Pierce, and Selected Storiesby James M. Cain The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Girls of Slender Means, The Driver’s Seat, The Only Problemby Muriel Spark Rabbit Angstromby John Updike The Radetzky Marchby Joseph Roth Song of Solomonby Toni Morrison Sons and Loversby D. H. Lawrence Speak, Memoryby Vladimir Nabokov The Strangerby Albert Camus Swami and Friends, The Bachelor of Arts, The Dark Room, The English Teacherby R. K. Narayan The Sword of Honour Trilogy
In The Bloody Chamber, Carter's famous collection of deeply unsettling stories inspired by fairy tales, a Beauty is turned into a Beast and Little Red Riding's grandmother is stoned to death as a witch; a young music student is swept off her feet in Paris by a middle-aged aristocrat and transported to his ancestral abode to re-enact the story of Bluebeard against a sumptuous fin de si�cle background; a British soldier on a cycling holiday in Transylvania in the summer of 1914 finds himself the guest of an alluring female vampire. By contrast, in Wise Children, Carter's last novel), the comic, the bawdy and the life-enhancing prevail. An irrepressible elderly lady recalls the many colourful decades she and her sister spent as vaudeville performers - a tale as full of twins and mistaken identities as any plot of Shake- speare's. The early collection, Fireworks, reveals Carter taking her first forays into the fantastic writing that was to become her unforgettable legacy. The Everyman's Library omnibus gathers the best of Angela Carter in one astonishing volume.
A definitive compilation of essays and nonfiction writings spanning more than forty years includes the author's reflections on politics, lifestyle, place, and cultural figures, including her studies of Haight-Ashbury, the Manson family, the Black Panthers, California earthquakes, Bill Clinton and Kenneth Starr, and much more.
Ranging in scope from lengthy novellas to fables and folktales only a few pages long, Leo Tolstoy’s short fiction provides a marvelous opportunity to become closely acquainted with Russia’s great novelist. Volume 2 of the Collected Shorter Fiction reveals how Tolstoy’s growing spiritual preoccupations flowered into a series of extraordinary late masterpieces that equal anything in the earlier novels for intensity and power. Readers of The Death of Iván Ilých, The Kreutzer Sonata, Father Sergius, Master and Man, and Hadji Murád will recognize the brilliant novelist now transfigured by his passionate quest for salvation and forgiveness. Aylmer and Louise Maude’s classic translations are supplemented by new translations by Nigel J. Cooper of six stories, including two that have never before appeared in English. (Book Jacket Status: Jacketed) From the Hardcover edition.
Carl von Clausewitz ( 1780 - 1831 ) was one of the most influential military figures of the 19th century.Clausewitz was a Prussian soldier and German military theorist who stressed the importance of the moral and political parts of war.Clausewitzs famous treatise On War is considered one of the most important military treatises ever written.Generals who fought in the Civil War often carried a copy of the treatise to touch up on strategies and tactics.
“This crazy, gorgeous family novel is one of the great literary achievements of the twentieth century. I carry it in my head the way I carry childhood memories; the scenes are of such precise horror and comedy that I feel I didn’t read the book so much as live it.” —Jonathan Franzen, author of Freedom The Man Who Loved Children is a brutally honest examination of domestic life and family. Sam and Henny Pollit have too much—too much contempt for one another, too many children, too much strain under endless obligation. Flush with ego and a chilling domestic power, Sam torments his children, bending and manipulating their seemingly limitless love to his overbearing advantage, while Henny looks on desperately, all too aware of the madness at its root. A favorite novel of Jonathan Franzen and Randall Jarrell, among many others, The Man Who Loved Children stands as Christina Stead’s masterwork.
The award-winning translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky have given us the definitive version of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s strikingly original short novels, The Double and The Gambler.The Double is a surprisingly modern hallucinatory nightmare–foreshadowing Kafka and Sartre–in which a minor official named Goliadkin becomes aware of a mysterious doppelganger, a man who has his name and his face and who gradually and relentlessly begins to displace him with his friends and colleagues. The Gambler is a stunning psychological portrait of a young man's exhilarating and destructive addiction to gambling, a compulsion that Dostoevsky–who once gambled away his young wife's wedding ring–knew intimately from his own experience. In chronicling the disastrous love affairs and gambling adventures of Alexei Ivanovich, Dostoevsky explores the irresistible temptation to look into the abyss of ultimate risk that he believed was an essential part of the Russian national character. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Contains the 6th century B.C. Chinese commander's classic work on the art of warfare, the relationship between war and politics, and diplomacy, and the Prussian soldier's classic work on the nature of war and the conditions which require it.
Karl von Clausewitz's study On War was described by the American strategic thinker Bernard Brodie as 'not simply the greatest, but the only great book about war'. It is hard to disagree. Even though he wrote his only major work at a time when the range of firearms was fifty yards, much of what he had to say remains relevant today. Michael Howard explains Clausewitz's ideas in terms both of his experiences as a professional soldier in the Napoleonic Wars, and of the intellectual background of his time. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
Tolstoy is said to have called Les Miserables the greatest novel ever written, and it exerted a powerful influence on the creation of War and Peace. At one level a detective story in which the relentless Inspector Javert obsessively pursues the escaped convict Jean Valjean, culminating in a dramatic chase through the sewers of Paris, at another level Hugo's masterpiece is a drama of crime, punishment and rehabilitation set against a panoramic description of French society in the years after Napoleon's fall from power. But this book is also about the metaphysical struggle between good and evil in the soul of every man and every community. Coloured by Hugo's distinctive philosophy, it is a plea for social justice, political enlightenment and personal charity which continues to speak with the undiminished authority more than a century after its first appearance.
Winner of the 1970 lost Man Booker prize in 2010. Major Brendan Archer travels to Ireland - to the Majestic Hotel and to the fiancée he acquired on a rash afternoon's leave three years ago. Despite her many letters, the lady herself proves elusive, and the Major's engagement is short-lived. But he is unable to detach himself from the alluring discomforts of the crumbling hotel. Ensconced in the dim and shabby splendour of the Palm Court, surrounded by gently decaying old ladies and proliferating cats, the Major passes the summer. So hypnotic are the faded charms of the Majestic, the Major is almost unaware of the gathering storm. But this is Ireland in 1919 - and the struggle for independence is about to explode with brutal force.
"We are Progress and the New Age. Nothing can stand in our way." When Oxford-educated Emperor Seth succeeds to the throne of the African state of Azania, he has a tough job on his hands. His subjects are ill-informed and unruly, and corruption, double-dealing, and bloodshed are rife. However, with the aid of Minister of Modernization Basil Seal, Seth plans to introduce his people to the civilized ways of the west-but will it be as simple as that? Profound hilarity ensues from the issuance of homemade currency, the staging of a "Birth Control Gala," the rightful ruler's demise at his own rather long and tiring coronation ceremonies, and a good deal more mischief.