because I have just run into an awesome book, which will help me to understand and read more about war and foreign policies and all the wisdom coming from ancient philosophers.
I am half through the book and I know I have hit a goldmine of a bibliography for what I would like to read in the next -- I guess -- couple of years. :-)
The book which made it possible for me to relate to the ancient texts is the book by Robert D. Kaplan: "Warrior Politics - Why Leadership Demands a Pagan Ethos."
It has the great entry quotations of Sun-Tzu:
"The side that knows when to fight and when not will take victory. There are roadways not be traveled, armies not to be attacked, walled cities not to be assaultet."
and another quote I like from Machiavelli:
"Anyone wishing to see what is to be must consider what has been: all the things of this world in every era have their counterparts in ancient times."
Kaplan writes in a way that you can relate wars and the strategic thinking from ancient times very vividly to current affairs and recent history.
Here a list of books I thought I would never read (and just come to them, because the thoughts of war have come close to home), but am inspired to get into by Kaplan's introductionary book.
Aron, Raymond: "Peace and War: A theory of International Relations"
Berlin, Isaiah, "Four Essays on Liberty" and "The Proper Study of Mankind"
Churchill, Winston S.: "The River War: An Historical Account of the Re-Conquest of the Sudan"
Clausewitz, Karl von. "On War"
Djilas, Milovan: "Wartime"
Burckhardt, Jacob: "The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy"
Confucius: "The Analects"
Finer, S.E.: "The History of Government from the Earliest Times"
Hamilton, Alexander, James Madison and John Jay: "The Federalist Papers"
Herodotus: "The Histories"
Howard, Michael: "The Invention of Peace. Reflections on War and International Order".
Livy: "The War with Hannibal"
Machiavelli: "Discourses on Livy" and "The Prince"
Mansfield, Harvey C.: "Machiavelli's Virtue".
Montesquieu: "The Spirit of the Laws"
Morgentau, Hans: "Politics Among Nations"
Niebuhr, Reinhold: "The Irony of American History"
Ortega y Gasset, Jose: "The Revolt of the Masses"
Pangle, Thomas and Ahrensdorf, Peter: "Justice Among Nations, On the Moral Basis of Power and Peace".
Polybius: "The Rise of the Roman Empire"
RAbe, Paul: "Republics, Ancient and Modern"
Seneca: "Moral and Political Essays
Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr: "November 1916: The Red Wheel/Knot II"
Strassler, Robert: "The Landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War"
Strauss, Leo: "The Political Philosophy of Hobbes: Its Basis and Its Genesis".
Sun-Tzu: "The Art of Warfare"
Thucydides: "The Peloponnesian War"
Waltz, Kenneth: "Man, The State, and War"
Weber, Max: "The Profession of Politics"
Well, when I have finished all I add a list of books relating more to peaceful matters ... may be the most tragic love stories in the history of mankind or so. :-)