Machiavelli by Ross King
Philosopher of Power (Eminent Lives)

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The author of The Prince—his controversial handbook on power, which is one of the most influential books ever written—Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527) was no prince himself. Born to an established middle-class family, Machiavelli worked as a courtier and diplomat for the Republic of Florence and enjoyed some small fame in his time as the author of bawdy plays and poems. In this discerning new biography, Ross King rescues Machiavelli's legacy from caricature, detailing the vibrant political and social context that influenced his thought and underscoring the humanity of one of history's finest political thinkers.

 

About Ross King

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Ross King is the highly praised author of Brunelleschi's Dome (the Book Sense Nonfiction Book of the Year in 2000), Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling (on the New York Times extended bestseller list), The Judgment of Paris, Machiavelli: Philosopher of Power, and two novels, Ex Libris and Domino. He lives outside Oxford in England.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 258 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War, Travel. Non-fiction

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Machiavelli: A Man Misunderstood by Michael White Little, Brown £16.99, pp304 'Hey,' said a guide at the Clinton library opening after chatting to George W's evil genius, 'you're not such a scary guy after all.' At which point, Karl Rove looked down at him scornfully.

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When you read that trouble in a state is like tuberculosis ("in its early stages it's easy to cure and hard to diagnose, but if you don't spot it and treat it, as time goes by it gets easy to diagnose and hard to cure"), you think of the financial crisis and say: "Ah, Gordon Brown obviously didn'...

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Publishers Weekly

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The dove then crashed into a wall and fell dead at the feet of the Ten, but its appearance was still considered a good omen.” It provides a strong sense of the history of both the man and his times and a nice introduction to Machiavelli’s writings.

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Examiner

However, King asserts, rather than having been uniformly demonized or unfairly misunderstood "as a preacher of the straightforward message of evil," Machiavelli has been "conscripted into service" by adherents of all manner of political causes because his thought is strangely malleable to any num...

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Los Angeles Times

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She skillfully and subtly weaves the politics of prewar Afghanistan into her narrative, held together by the thread of the Anwari family's intimate involvement in their country's destiny.

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National Review Online

I can’t improve on the blurb given by James Woolsey, former Director of the CIA: In this fascinating book Bueno de Mesquita and Smith spin out their view of governance: that all successful leaders, dictators and democrats, can best be understood as almost entirely driven by their own politi...

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The New York Review of Books

Trevor-Roper has drawn my attention to the irony of the fact that the heroes of this supreme realist are all, wholly or in part, mythical.↩ 5 At the risk of exhausting the patienc...

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