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Machiavelli was a loyal servant of the 15th-century Florentine Republic. "Machiavellian" is a popular byword for treachery and opportunism, derived from Machiavelli's classic book on statecraft, THE PRINCE, published over 400 years ago. INTRODUCING MACHIAVELLI traces the colorful life of this paradoxical realist and first truly modern political scientist. Illustrated.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published October 30th 1997 by Totem Books (first published February 26th 1992)
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Nov 03, 2007 Nathan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Karl Rove.
Totem Books has a wonderful "Introducing" series that spans many political, artistic, critical, religious and philosophical movements and figures. They're essentially text books in the form of a graphic novel. Most people have heard the phrase "Machiavellian" yet know little about the man or his theories, and I include myself in that. The Introducing... series never fails as a good place to start. Introducing Machiavelli reveals that there was more to Machiavelli than a man who wrote handbooks f...more
Katie Lynn
Pretty basic overview. Would like a little more in-depth info, but I guess that's why it's just an introduction.
Sean Chick
Good introduction to one of the most profound and misunderstood political philosophers.
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Illustrated guide to the crucial Italian philosopher and author of The Prince. 'Machiavellian' is a popular byword for treachery and opportunism. Machiavelli's classic book on statecraft, The Prince, published over 400 years ago, remains controversial to this day because of its electrifying frankness as a practical guide to power. Is it a how-to manual for dictators, a cynical philosophy of 'the end justifies the means', or a more complex and subtle analysis of successful government? Machiavelli...more
Отличный график-гайд по Макиавелли: его работам и философии, а также немного истории современной ему Италии и неплохая попытка представить его идеи в рамках современного общества.
This is a graphic guide to the life and work of on of history's most famous authors. I read "The Prince" many years ago, and enjoyed this little book which puts the work in an historical context. In addition to The Prince, which advises a strong leader on securing the state, this book also discusses "The Discourses" which extolls the virtues of a republic and in many ways lays the basis for ideals on the American constitution. The book also explores the Machiavellian ideas on contemporary politi...more
I am so smrt. Introducing Machiavelli seems to be a good... introduction to Machiavelli. :) There is value in basing your actions upon realities rather than ideals, but in this case "realities" seem to be hindered by rigid interpretations that would change with more observation. The message of The Prince and Discourses seem to be at odds - I'm sure I'm not getting something. All in all, a short, interesting and easy read.
Mark Singer
A sympathetic and well-illustrated examination of Machiavelli's life, writings and legacy. As stated on the back cover, Machiavelli was a citizen of the Florentine republic who opposed the despotism of the Medici family, yet used the tyrant Cesare Borgia as the model for his The Prince. Curry explains how and why Machiavelli is still relevant today.
Edan Marie Esquibel
Reading Machiavelli in a fresh, inviting way.

The graphics are awesome, so are the sentence construction. Simple yet substantial.
Academic materials should be like this to garner the attention of students, and for a fun learning.

This introduction was well done, but I think I have to return to college to really mesh out all of Machiavelli's revolutionary ideas, or at least get a friend to hash it all out with me over a beer.
Explains the setting of Florence and it's a whole biography. It does not only treat The prince but also his other, less known works.
I like the format of this book because it enabled easy understanding of Machiavelli.
A great overview on Machiavelli's work. I loved the artwork too.
Introducing Machiavelli by Patrick Curry (1996)
Seeking a general overview and got one.
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I hold a B.A. (University of California at Santa Cruz, 1978, in Psychology, with highest honours), M.Sc. (L.S.E., 1980, in Logic and Scientific Method), and Ph.D. (University College London, 1987, in the History and Philosophy of Science).

Since September 2006 I have been a Lecturer (0.5) in Religious Studies at the University of Kent (Canterbury), where I teach in the MA programme on the Cultural...more
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