Machiavelli in Hell by Sebastian De Grazia

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Convinced that a good political leader or "prince new" would have to engage in acts of cruelty and bad faith, Machiavelli faces a predicament: how to justify this evil to prospective leaders themselves and to people at large. This study offers an exploration of how he penetrated this difficulty. Telling the story of Machiavelli's childhood and period of personal crisis following his imprisonment, the author turns to "The Prince", and uses the facts of biography to illuminate how Machiavelli's ideas gathered power and came together to form a unified vision of humankind and the world.
 

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Published January 1, 1992 by Princeton University Press. 512 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, History, Law & Philosophy, Travel. Non-fiction

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De Grazia's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of the author of The Prince and a study of the roles of work and leisure in Western culture.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Consider, for example, the way he begins his book: He offers up the year 1513 as a touchstone by which to understand Machiavelli the man and Machiavelli the thinker.

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