The Garments of Court and Palace by Philip Bobbitt
Machiavelli and the World That He Made

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A...serious problem is Bobbitt’s attempt to portray Machiavelli as a supporter of what we today understand as the rule of law.
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The Prince, a political treatise by the Florentine public servant and political theorist Niccolo Machiavelli is widely regarded as the single most influential book on politics—and in particular on the the politics of power—ever written.

In this groundbreaking book, Philip Bobbitt explores this often misunderstood work in the context of the time. He describes The Prince as one half of a masterpiece that, along with Machiavelli’s often neglected Discourses prophesies the end of the feudal era and describes the birth of the neoclassical
Renaissance State. Using both Renaissance examples and cases drawn from our current era, Bobbitt situates Machiavelli’s work as a turning point in our understanding of the relation between war and law as these create and maintain the State. This is a fascinating history and commentary by the man Henry Kissinger called "the outstanding political philosopher of our time."
 

About Philip Bobbitt

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Philip Bobbitt has taught constitutional law and international security and strategy at the University of Texas, Harvard, and Columbia, where he has a permanent chair and is Director of the Center for National Security. He was Legal Counsel to the Senate's Iran-Contra Committee, Counselor for International Law at the State Department under George H. W. Bush, director for Intelligence Programs at the National Security Council, senior director for Critical Infrastructure, and senior director for Strategic Planning under Bill Clinton. The author of The Shield of Achilles, and Terror and Consent, he lives in New York, London, and Austin.
 
Published July 9, 2013 by Atlantic Monthly Press. 240 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Garry Wills on Aug 02 2013

He just shows us how wonderfully Machiavelli agreed with Bobbitt’s longer works — as if Niccolò had read them half a millennium ago.

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Reviewed by Colin Burrow on Jul 11 2013

The Garments of Court and Palace is not the most reliable guide to 16th-century political thought.

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on Jan 29 2013

Dense, repetitive commentary that may lead some readers back to The Prince.

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Reviewed by Francis Fukuyama on Jul 05 2013

A...serious problem is Bobbitt’s attempt to portray Machiavelli as a supporter of what we today understand as the rule of law.

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