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Machiavelli: Philosopher of Power

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The Prince, Niccolò Machiavelli's handbook on power—how to get it and how to keep it—has been enormously influential in the centuries since it was written, garnering a heady mixture of admiration, fear, and contempt. Its author, born to an established middle-class family, was no prince himself. Machiavelli (1469–1527) worked as a courtier and diplomat for the Republic of F ...more
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Published May 29th 2007 by Eminent Lives (first published 2007)
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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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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
Oct 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"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
Aug 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 24, 2011 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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Mar 30, 2015 rated it liked it
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.
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
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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.” 1 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.” 1 likes
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