Machiavelli: Selected Political Writings
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Machiavelli: Selected Political Writings

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Here are The Prince and the most important of the Discourses newly translated into spare, vivid English. Why a new translation? Machiavelli was never the dull, worthy, pedantic author who appears in the pages of other translations, says David Wootton in his Introduction. In the pages that follow I have done my best to let him speak in his own voice. (And indeed, Wootton’s...more
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Published October 1st 1994 by Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. (first published 1994)
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May 13, 2010 K rated it 4 of 5 stars
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This gets four stars because it was a stabby walk in the park compared to everything else assigned for class. I liked Wootton's translating job and the introductory essay was intriguing even to a political theory neophyte. Sprightly, mischievous. Kind of thrilling to read Machiavelli's casual tips to pre-emptively murder anybody who could stand in your way, and his provoking praise for Borgia and baffling scare tactics like leaving bisected corpses of scapegoated henchmen in public places. Excer...more
Jul 13, 2008 Marissa rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: War Lovers and Lovers of War Lovers
I gave it a "2-Star" Review but, I mean, how do I give something like Machiavelli a rating. The bright side of having read Machiavelli is that I can confidently say things like "how Machiavellian" now. I, of course, have been saying that for a long time but had no idea what I was talking about.
It's a fairly dense book but super interesting. Machiavelli is a tyrant but with good reason and solid ideas.
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Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli was an Italian political philosopher, musician, poet, and romantic comedic playwright. He is a figure of the Italian Renaissance and a central figure of its political component, most widely known for his treatises on realist political theory (The Prince) on the one hand and republicanism (Discourses on Livy) on the other.
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