10th out of 34 books — 3 voters
Machiavelli: Selected Political Writings
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
Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 1st 1994 by Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
(first published 1994)
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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
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.
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.More about Niccolò Machiavelli...
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