Author: Niccolò Machiavelli

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486138534

Category: Philosophy

Page: 384

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This influential study contrasts the government of ancient Rome with that of the author's 16th-century contemporaries. Topics include establishing a republic's internal structure, conducting warfare, and exhibiting leadership qualities.
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A Biography

Author: Miles J. Unger

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439193891

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

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He is the most infamous and influential political writer of all time. His name has become synonymous with cynical scheming and the selfish pursuit of power. Niccolò Machiavelli, Florentine diplomat and civil servant, is the father of political science. His most notorious work, The Prince, is a primer on how to acquire and retain power without regard to scruple or conscience. His other masterpiece, The Discourses, offers a profound analysis of the workings of the civil state and a hardheaded assessment of human nature. Machiavelli’s philosophy was shaped by the tumultuous age in which he lived, an age of towering geniuses and brutal tyrants. He was on intimate terms with Leonardo and Michelangelo. His first political mission was to spy on the fire-and-brimstone preacher Savonarola. As a diplomat, he matched wits with the corrupt and carnal Pope Alexander VI and his son, the notorious Cesare Borgia, whose violent career served as a model for The Prince. His insights were gleaned by closely studying men like Julius II, the “Warrior Pope,” and his successor, the vacillating Clement VII, as well as two kings of France and the Holy Roman Emperor. Analyzing their successes and failures, Machiavelli developed his revolutionary approach to power politics. Machiavelli was, above all, a student of human nature. In The Prince he wrote a practical guide to the aspiring politician that is based on the world as it is, not as it should be. He has been called cold and calculating, cynical and immoral. In reality, argues biographer Miles Unger, he was a deeply humane writer whose controversial theories were a response to the violence and corruption he saw around him. He was a psychologist with acute insight into human nature centuries before Freud. A brilliant and witty writer, he was not only a political theorist but also a poet and the author of La Mandragola, the finest comedy of the Italian Renaissance. He has been called the first modern man, unafraid to contemplate a world without God. Rising from modest beginnings on the strength of his own talents, he was able to see through the pious hypocrisy of the age in which he lived. Miles Unger has relied on original Italian sources as well as his own deep knowledge of Florence in writing this fascinating and authoritative account of a genius whose work remains as relevant today as when he wrote it.
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Author: Leo Strauss

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226777023

Category: Philosophy

Page: 348

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Leo Strauss argued that the most visible fact about Machiavelli's doctrine is also the most useful one: Machiavelli seems to be a teacher of wickedness. Strauss sought to incorporate this idea in his interpretation without permitting it to overwhelm or exhaust his exegesis of The Prince and the Discourses on the First Ten Books of Livy. "We are in sympathy," he writes, "with the simple opinion about Machiavelli [namely, the wickedness of his teaching], not only because it is wholesome, but above all because a failure to take that opinion seriously prevents one from doing justice to what is truly admirable in Machiavelli: the intrepidity of his thought, the grandeur of his vision, and the graceful subtlety of his speech." This critique of the founder of modern political philosophy by this prominent twentieth-century scholar is an essential text for students of both authors.
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Author: Robert Black

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317699580

Category: History

Page: 380

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Machiavelli is history's most startling political commentator. Recent interpreters have minimised his originality, but this book restores his radicalism. Robert Black shows a clear development in Machiavelli's thought. In his most subversive works The Prince, the Discourses on Livy, The Ass and Mandragola he rejected the moral and political values inherited by the Renaissance from antiquity and the middle ages. These outrageous compositions were all written in mid-life, when Machiavelli was a political outcast in his native Florence. Later he was reconciled with the Florentine establishment, and as a result his final compositions including his famous Florentine Histories represent a return to more conventional norms. This lucid work is perfect for students of Medieval and Early Modern History, Renaissance Studies and Italian Literature, or anyone keen to learn more about one of history's most potent, influential and arresting writers.
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How to Wield Power in the Modern World

Author: Jonathan Powell

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0099546094

Category: Great Britain

Page: 340

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The New Machiavelli is a gripping account of life inside 'the bunker' of Number 10. In his twenty-first century reworking of Niccolo Machiavelli's influential masterpiece, The Prince, Jonathan Powell - Tony Blair's Chief of Staff from 1994 - 2007 - recounts the inside story of that period, drawing on his own unpublished diaries. Taking the lessons of Machiavelli derived from his experience as an official in fifteenth-century Florence, Powell shows how these lessons can still apply today. Illustrating each of Machiavelli's maxims with a description of events that occurred during Tony Blair's time as Prime Minister, The New Machiavelli is designed to be The Prince for modern times.
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Author: Niccolò Machiavelli

Publisher: tredition

ISBN: 3847203959

Category: Political Science

Page: 348

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This book is part of the TREDITION CLASSICS series. The creators of this series are united by passion for literature and driven by the intention of making all public domain books available in printed format again - worldwide. At tredition we believe that a great book never goes out of style. Several mostly non-profit literature projects provide content to tredition. To support their good work, tredition donates a portion of the proceeds from each sold copy. As a reader of a TREDITION CLASSICS book, you support our mission to save many of the amazing works of world literature from oblivion.
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Author: John M. Najemy

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139827863

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: N.A

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Niccolò Machiavelli (1469–1527) is the most famous and controversial figure in the history of political thought and one of the iconic names of the Renaissance. The Cambridge Companion to Machiavelli brings together sixteen original essays by leading experts, covering his life, his career in Florentine government, his reaction to the dramatic changes that affected Florence and Italy in his lifetime, and the most prominent themes of his thought, including the founding, evolution, and corruption of republics and principalities, class conflict, liberty, arms, religion, ethics, rhetoric, gender, and the Renaissance dialogue with antiquity. In his own time Machiavelli was recognized as an original thinker who provocatively challenged conventional wisdom. With penetrating analyses of The Prince, Discourses on Livy, Art of War, Florentine Histories, and his plays and poetry, this book offers a vivid portrait of this extraordinary thinker as well as assessments of his place in Western thought since the Renaissance.
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13 Laws of Power, Persuasion and Integrity

Author: Troy Bruner,Philip Eager

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 1785356127

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 216

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Modern Machiavelli will teach you smart, social tactics to advance your career and improve your relationships. This book explains how to successfully manage conflict, influence others, and understand the overt and covert dynamics of interpersonal power. It challenges false but commonly held beliefs that undermine personal and career success. Master the unwritten rules of the social game that few understand.
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The Chief Works and Others

Author: Niccolò Machiavelli,Allan Gilbert

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822309451

Category: Political Science

Page: 1514

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Praise for the 1965 edition "The publication of this handsome edition of all Machiavelli's major works, together with many of the secondary ones either previously un-translated or difficult to obtain, is an event of major importance for English-speaking scholars in the humanities and social sciences; and students of the history of political thought owe a particular debt of gratitude to Professor Gilbert. . . Political theorists already familiar with Professor Gilbert's Prince and selections from other works and the letters will of course be especially grateful to him for his rendering of the Discourses, which is by far the best available. But in addition to this, they will rejoice to find under one roof other works, some of which are difficult or impossible to obtain. Allan Gilbert is unquestionably the most accurate and reliable translator of Machiavelli into English; the publication of this edition is an altogether happy occasion."Dante Germino The Journal of Politics "A most remarkable achievement"Felix Gilbert Renaissance Quarterly
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Alexander Hamilton and the Origins of U.S. Foreign Policy

Author: John Lamberton Harper

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521834856

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 347

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Alexander Hamilton rose from his humble beginnings as an illegitimate West Indian orphan and emigrant to become the premier statebuilder and strategic thinker of the American Founding generation.
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Author: Alan Ryan

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0871407051

Category: Philosophy

Page: 204

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Including significant passages from The Prince, The Discourses, The Art of War and History of Florence, this illuminating book explores the influence of Machiavelli, who was often reviled as a teacher of evil, on the modern state.
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Author: Niccolo Machiavelli

Publisher: FastPencil Inc

ISBN: 1607467216

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 122

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Niccolo Machiavelli is the father of modern day political science. His life was dedicated to cultivating and implementing the tactics captured in his classic book, The Prince. Many political leaders and businessmen today read The Prince in search of strategy for the business and the nation. This Critical Classic is a must-read for anyone studying business or politics.
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discovering a new science of management in the timeless principles of statecraft

Author: Antony Jay

Publisher: Jossey-Bass

ISBN: N.A

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 273

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In this revised edition of his 1967 bestseller, Jay revisits the corporate universe and once again tries to make sense of it all. With the clear vision of a historian and political scientist, he assesses the nature and behavior of corporate princes and commoners based on principles of ancient government.
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Author: Niccolò Machiavelli

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486140369

Category: History

Page: 192

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Machiavelli's revolutionary 1520 work clearly states and discusses military organization and strategy: handling recruitment and weapons, motivating troops, demoralizing enemies, and achieving tactical and strategic advantages.
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Author: John Dunn,Ian Harris

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781858981017

Category: Political Science

Page: N.A

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Author: Niccolò Machiavelli,Rufus Goodwin

Publisher: Branden Books

ISBN: 0937832383

Category: Philosophy

Page: 140

View: 2669

Machiavelli, as the Father of Political Science, continues to be translated and read throughout the world. This latest edition contains many illustrations dealing with The Prince.
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