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Be Like the Fox

Machiavelli's Lifelong Quest for Freedom

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GUARDIAN BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2017
LONGLISTED FOR THE HISTORICAL WRITERS' ASSOCIATION NON-FICTION CROWN 2017

'A ripping read ... fascinating, charming, enjoyably unorthodox' Daily Telegraph

Was Niccolò Machiavelli really the cynical schemer of legend - or was he a profound ethical thinker, who tried to save the democratic freedom of Renaissance Florence as it was threatened by ruthless dynasties? This revelatory biography shows us a man of fox-like dissimulation: a master of disguise in dangerous times.

'A gripping portrait of a brilliant political thinker, who understood the dangers of authoritarianism and looked for ways to curb them' The New Yorker

'Compelling ... this unconventional biography questions whether the philosopher deserves his reputation as an advocate for tyranny' Julian Baggini, Financial Times

From Publishers Weekly

06 March 2017 – Benner (Machiavelli's Prince: A New Reading) successfully rehabilitates the image of the highly quotable and oft-maligned Machiavelli, portraying him as an accessible voice of reason even when his fortunes sank during the heights of Medici influence. Historians have spent centuries debating whether to take Machiavelli at face value in The Prince, or whether to read him instead as employing irony aimed at the ruling Medicis. Benner stands firmly in the latter camp, calling Machiavelli's infamous volume a "masterwork" of irony. Here she expertly blends Machiavelli's words from letters, diaries, and other writings with striking passages from The Prince to prove her point. Benner includes useful information on deciphering the likeliest meanings behind his words; while Machiavelli's unsentimental, harsh assertions may garner attention, she reveals how further inspection of surrounding passages and popular writing techniques of the time suggests that the voice employed is a false voice used to warn against the very methods it touts. Benner contextualizes Renaissance Florence and the life of the Machiavelli family, though Machiavelli's suffering under torture and Pico della Mirandola's complicated relationship with Savonarola receive only cursory treatment. Ideal as a companion to The Prince in university courses, Benner's work places readers in Machiavelli's daily life and recreates his world for academic and casual readers alike.

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  • £3.49
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biography
  • Published: 02 March 2017
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Print Length: 352 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Version: 1.1.0
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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