Introducing Machiavelli by Patrick Curry

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"Machiavellian" is a popular byword for treachery and opportunism. Machiavelli's classic book on statecraft, "The Prince", published over 400 years ago, remains controversial to this day because of its electrifying frankness as a practical guide to power. It is a how-to manual for dictators, a cynical philosophy of "the end justifies the means", or a more complex and subtle analysis of successful government? Machiavelli was a loyal servant of the Florentine republic. His opposition to Medici despotism led him to torture on the rack and exile, and yet he chose as his model for the Prince the most notorious tyrant, Cesare Borgia. This book traces the colourful life of this paradoxical realist whose clear-sighted patriotism made him the first truly modern political scientist. Machiavelli is seen as central to the post-modern debate on civil society.

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Patrick Curry is Senior Lecturer at the Sophia Centre, Bath Spa University College. Argentinean artist Oscar Zarate is the illustrator of Freud for Beginners and Lenin for Beginners.
Published February 26, 1992 by Totem Books. 176 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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So, Nixon probably read The Prince on more than one occasion.

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