Anger in time may change to gladness; vexation may be succeeded by content. But a kingdom that has once been destroyed can never come again into being; nor can the dead ever be brought back to life.

Hence the enlightened ruler is heedful, and the good general full of caution. This is the way to keep a country at peace an army intact.

–Sun Tzu, The Art of War: Chapter XII: Attack by Fire, [20-22].

If you’ve read through The Art of Wargaming, chances are you’re already an enlightened wargamer or well on your way. Still, there’s always more knowledge and wisdom to be learned. So, here’s a short bibliography of inspirational reading.

Note: only three titles are directly related to wargaming:

Foundry Miniatures: Painting and Modelling Guide, by Kevin Dallimore.

A History of Warfare, by John Keegan.

The Civil War, by Julius Caesar (Trans. Jane F. Gardner).

The Landmark Herodotus, by Robert B. Strassler.

The Monk and the Riddle, by Randy Komisar.

The Prince, by Niccolo Machiavelli.

The Republic, by Plato

Tides of War, by Steven Pressfield.

“Stillmania,” White Dwarf, Issue 75, by Nigel Stillman.

Wargaming: An Introduction, by Neil Thomas (especially the first few chapters).

The 48 Laws of Power, by Robert Greene