Machiavelli : Philosopher of Power
Part of the acclaimed Eminent Lives series, Machiavelli is a superb portrait of the brilliant and revolutionary political philosopher--history's most famous theorist of "warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed"--and the age he embodied. Ross King, the New York Times bestselling author of Brunelleschi's Dome, argues that the author of The Prince was a far more complex and sympathetic character than is often portrayed.
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- Paperback | 245 pages
- 135 x 203 x 15mm | 227g
- 03 Nov 2009
- HarperCollins Publishers Inc
- HarperCollins Publishers
- New York, United States
- Maps; Illustrations, black and white
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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.