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權力的哲人: 馬基維利

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數百年來,馬基維利的君王論一書影響了人們看待權力的方式,包括如何取得與如何維持權力,從而對本書以及本書的作者產生了混雜崇敬、恐懼與鄙視的態度。當眾人都在談論美德,馬基維利獨排眾議,坦承他對人性的觀察,矢志作惡,只要時勢所趨。當主流認為人得以掌握自身的命運時,他卻對命運抱有複雜的心情,這是因為他政治生涯的起落與梅迪奇家族的興衰交織在一塊,有八年的時間被打入冷宮,只能等待。

在我們的文化想像中,「文藝復興」是藝術、哲學、科學展開新頁的昌盛時代,但事實上那個世界衝突不斷,馬基維利既參與也體現了時代特色。他曾和達文西共事,合作運河工程,計畫攻下鄰近城市;當米開朗基羅在替教皇工作的時候,他是佛羅倫斯的朝臣;他還是狂歡節喜劇和詩歌的創作者,拉菲爾很可能幫他的戲劇繪製過佈景;他還是地下外交官,週旋在北方的法國、哈布斯堡家族,中部的教皇國,控制義大利南部的西
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Paperback, 正體中文, 260 pages
Published May 11th 2011 by 左岸文化 (first published 2007)
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Kalliope



I feel sorry for Nicolò Machiavelli for he was a bit of a fool. During his life he made repeated political blunders betting several times on the wrong people. Highly sophisticated his political thinking certainly was, but it did not match well enough his choices in life. They attest a poor political intuition. Out of the wide array of writings he has left us, the historical and political treatises have enjoyed the highest acclaim. In particular The Prince became the bible for the politician for
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د.حنان فاروق
انتهيت حالاً من الكتاب..في الحقيقة أسعدكثيراً حين تسنح لي الفرصة لأكتب انطباعي فوراً حال انتهائي من قراءة عمل ما..لعل الأسماء والأماكن أتعبتني بعض الشيء فالسيرة الذاتية حافلة بالأسماء والتواريخ والأحداث المتلاحقة ولا عجب فهي أشبه بدراسة منها لرواية..وحين يحكي الإنسان سيرته الذاتية يشوب حكايته التأثر والانفعال بخطواته حلوها ومرها لكن حين يكتبنا الآخرون يروننا من منظورهم هم أو من منظور الآخرين..
أعود إلى مكيافيللي ذلك الرجل اللغز الذي عامله كثيرون بكثير تأفف لأنه شرير أو داعية شر..جعلتني قراءة سيرت
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Jillian
Before reading this biography, I knew the Machiavellian personas of The Prince and Renaissance drama, and I was also aware that the real Machiavelli was a multi-talented statesman who wasn't nearly as villainous as his later reputation...but that was about it. I had no idea that he wrote bawdy poetry and plays, that he created and trained a (ultimately unsuccessful) citizen militia, that he was imprisoned and tortured, that he wrote the Prince after his forced retirement, or that he had a wife a ...more
MashailGhammas
Oct 16, 2011 MashailGhammas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"It was easy to find oneself on the wrong side of the ruler-du-jour in 16th-century Italy, which was controlled by corrupt families and defended by contract soldiers whose loyalties were readily purchased. Machiavelli ventured into this world with his diplomatic acumen, then, when he fell out of favor, turned his ambitious mind to brutal political writings, satirical plays and the occasional courtesan. A theoretician of conspiracy and duplicity, he was also a brilliant observer of his times. Sym ...more
Pasteurisiert
Jul 24, 2011 Pasteurisiert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pasteurisiert mit 5 von 5 Sternen. Die Biographie des Menschen, der die Macht analysierte.



Ross King erzählt lebendige Geschichte. Spannend und kompetent schreibt er aus dem Leben Niccolò Machiavellis, der als Diplomat unterwegs, als vermeintlicher Verschwörer eingekerkert und gefoltert und als Autor frivoler Theaterstücke und umstrittener Texte, i.e. Il Principe (Der Fürst), weltberühmt/berüchtigt wurde.



In der Zeit Machiavellis Aktivitäten 1498 – 1527 gab es in Italien pausenlos Kriege und Fehde
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Muhammad Refaey
أجد مكيافيللي إنسان شُغل بصناعة مجده الشخصي عن طريق تقديم كل ما في جُعبته من حيل وأفكار أدبية وعسكرية وغيرها بما حظى به من العلوم التي تلقاها قبل إلتحاقة كسكرتير ثانِ وهو منصب دبلوماسي وسياسي، والعلوم التى درسها ومارسها على أرض الواقع بحكم إلتحاقه بالعمل العام في سن صغيرة نسبياً، أجد فيه الطموح والمجون والشر معاً، أقحم نفسه في العديد من المشاكل بسبب المُداهنة والنفاق أحياناً ليبلغ ما يريد من تثبيت كرسيّه الحكومي في فلورنسا بصفة خاصة وإيطاليا أو الدولة الكَنسية بصفة عامة.
Jack Hrkach
I was drawn to this work as I am a fan of Ross King's popular histories. This is not King's best work, as he seemed constrained to a point by the editorial requirements of the publishers. It's not, however, a bad introduction to Macchiavelli, a quick read, and from it I learned several things - a bit more about The Prince, and that he wrote to my mind more interesting work in that subject area. I was pleased that King mentioned his plays, one of which, Mandragola (The Mandrake) is one of the bes ...more
Dustin Simmons
Jul 26, 2015 Dustin Simmons rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a nice biography for those with a passing interest in Machiavelli, or for those who've been exposed to him via other disciplines (Classics, myself) but feel like they'd like a stronger grasp on who he was.

The writing is good and the scholarship seems solid, although the lack of citations and footnotes probably has more to do with the restrictions of the type of book (the Eminent Lives bios are designed to be quick introductions), rather than a reflection on the author's abilities (his o
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Adellet
Aug 22, 2014 Adellet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting and concise biography on one of the most unfairly reviled political players of Florence.

King paints Machiavelli in an even light clearly defining both his skills and his faults. Was great to read that Machiavelli had a humorous, tawdry side to his personality as well as being a serious philosopher of state craft.

The conclusion was a satisfying round up of how Machiavelli has been portrayed throughout history and even mentions some important political figures over the centuries who ha
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Cynthia Karl
I am a big fan of Ross King's books but this book is a different genre. It is one in a series of short biographies of famous people written by several different authors. I suspect King did as much as he could within the scope of the task set for him, but it is not nearly as fascinating to read as the other Ross King books I have read. I did, however, come away with a much better appreciation of the times in which Machiavelli lived and his motivation for writing "The Prince" among other books.
Yvonne
Sep 13, 2014 Yvonne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting new perspective on Machiavelli as a fun loving guy, who simply observed and wrote about the tactics of the powerful political personages of the day. Some amusing anecdotes about the long-running attempts of the Florentines to subjugate the Pisans via some hilariously creative, yet ultimately doomed methods.
Al Maki
Aug 20, 2015 Al Maki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
King tells his life story and puts his writings into the context of the major events in his life. For people interested in trying to understand Machiavelli, his time and his thinking it's a good book, an easy, enjoyable read but not one that simplifies the issues and contradictions. In fact the issue that seems to be at the centre of the book is presenting the contradictions.
Lisa
Jun 11, 2014 Lisa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stuck
Lazy and repetitive: once I figured out the author had gotten a date wrong, I was done.
That said; Machiavelli lived in a fascinating time and place. Any suggestions out there for decent books about Florence in Machiavelli's days?
Kathie H
I think Machiavelli's writings have been taken much too seriously. I think he wanted to be part of the "In" crowd (the Medici family, the pope, or a combination of the two). So he wrote whatever he thought would gain him entrance into the rarefied corridors of power. I think he really had no idea what he was talking about. His treatises on warfare & combat were outdated even before they were printed. I think he just wanted 1. to make some money & 2. to be "somebody." It makes me laugh th ...more
Steven Peterson
Jan 03, 2009 Steven Peterson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For what it is, this is a fine volume. I prefer, I must confess, longer biographies. But this is meant as a brief introduction to an important thinker, part of the "Eminent Lives" series.

This book follows Machiavelli's career, from a successful career as a diplomat to an outcast, as power positions changed, to--at the end of his life--something of a player again.

The book considers some of his major works--plays and political tracts, although I wish that there were more detail on both fronts.

In t
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Ehab Faisal
لن يزيد معلوماتك عن ميكافيللي وفلسفته حيث كان كل شيء مبهم ومشتت
Ian Kemp
Interesting insight into the life and times of Niccolo, specifically covering the formative experiences which led him to develop his analysis of power politics. The book is best for its anecdotes, including one point where Machiavelli is momentarily given command of one of the best fighting forces in Italy, with instructions to parade them. Laughing at the resulting chaos, the general whose troops had been borrowed remarked: "Machiavelli is good at writing about things, whilst I am good at doing ...more
Ava Butzu
Dec 17, 2011 Ava Butzu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ross King is one of the finest young historical writers I've read to date. Although I didn't walk away loving Machiavelli, this piece truly enhanced my understanding of the fickle nature of 15th and 16th century Florentine politics. A chilling parallel can be made to the equivocation and stubbornness of our own modern-day U.S. governments. I added that last part. Much love to Ross King.
Marisa
Jan 06, 2014 Marisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What else can I say about Ross King's books that I haven't said already? This book, like his others, was an interesting and exciting read. I continue to be amazed at the author's detailed research, his ability to discern fact from fiction, and present the facts in a comprehensive manner that tells the whole story of the subject, their work, and the world around them.
Nadine
3.5 stars
Kara
Mar 18, 2009 Kara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, biography
This short bio reveals Machiavelli to be a true *character* with many quirks, gifts and failings, and in general to be much more endearing than his Prince inspired reputation allows. His life was peopled with a Who's Who of famous Florentines, so the setting of his bio is at least as interesting as his personality.
Brock
Sep 25, 2008 Brock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Fascinating book about a very misunderstood man. The Prince didn't even come out until about 200 years after his death, in fact when he was alive, few people even knew about it. He was better know for being a lower tier politician and a play write than anything else. Very intersting
Bruce
Apr 17, 2010 Bruce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid, well written and concise, virtues similar to those of King's books about Michelangelo and Brunelleschi. However, those two dudes were hugely more talented and interesting than Machiavelli, so the book about the latter ends up being on the dull side.
Eric_W
Apr 30, 2009 Eric_W marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I loved Brunelleschi's Dome and hope this will be equally good
Steven
Jan 05, 2011 Steven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This an enjoyable and easy read considering the complicated history of renaissance Italy. I would high recommend it to anyone interested in this period or the genesis of the "end justifies the means" mantra.
Nancy
Jul 24, 2011 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another interesting insight in the the era of da Vinci, Michelangelo and Machiavelli and renaissance Florence. Machiavelli was not at all what I expected considering his reputation for writing The Prince
Lisel Morris
Ross King is great - I'm to blame that the book offered more detailed information than I ever wanted to know about Machiavelli
Andrew Monroe
Sep 15, 2011 Andrew Monroe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love reading Ross King's books. This book wasn't as good as his other offerings, the topic wasn't as interesting as expected.
Sowmi
Oct 15, 2009 Sowmi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
classic ross king. well researched and very readable. this book adds a lot of context to the Prince.
Craig
Mar 11, 2009 Craig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like Ross King and especially enjoyed this clear and fair depiction of a controversial man.
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Ross King (born July 16, 1962) is a Canadian novelist and non-fiction writer. He began his career by writing two works of historical fiction in the 1990s, later turning to non-fiction, and has since written several critically acclaimed and best-selling historical works.

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“The steadfast behavior that could turn the head or melt the heart of Fortune was embodied in the Roman concept of virtus (from the Latin vir, the “man of true manliness”), a cultural value encompassing toughness, bravery, and a never-say-die willingness to combat adversity.” 0 likes
“The Prince to a slightly more upbeat view of human action. In order “not to rule out our free will,” he arrives at a formula by which Fortune is “the arbiter of half the things we do, leaving the other half or so to be controlled by ourselves.” 0 likes
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