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Machiavelli in 90 Minutes

Strathern, Paul

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ISBN 10: 1566632137 / ISBN 13: 9781566632133
Published by Ivan R Dee, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A., 1998
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Title: Machiavelli in 90 Minutes

Publisher: Ivan R Dee, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition:Very Good

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“Each of these little books is witty and dramatic and creates a sense of time, place, and character....I cannot think of a better way to introduce oneself and one's friends to Western civilization.”―Katherine A. Powers, Boston Globe. “Well-written, clear and informed, they have a breezy wit about them....I find them hard to stop reading.”―Richard Bernstein, New York Times. “Witty, illuminating, and blessedly concise.”―Jim Holt, Wall Street Journal. These brief and enlightening explorations of our greatest thinkers bring their ideas to life in entertaining and accessible fashion. Philosophical thought is deciphered and made comprehensive and interesting to almost everyone. Far from being a novelty, each book is a highly refined appraisal of the philosopher and his work, authoritative and clearly presented.

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In writing about Machiavelli, Paul Strathern must contend with centuries of posthumous demonification by critics who have seen The Prince as a recipe for tyranny and evil. (Bertrand Russell, for one, declared it "a handbook for gangsters.") Tyranny, perhaps, but as Strathern points out, Machiavelli's political philosophy "was not evil in itself. It was just extremely realistic."

But The Prince is, as philosophical works go, fairly easygoing; it's about the same length as this primer, with a clarity that renders further explication somewhat superfluous. Machiavelli in 90 Minutes, then, is primarily of use if you want a quick-and-dirty biography that puts the writings in the biographical context of Machiavelli's turbulent fortunes in the political intrigues of Renaissance Florence.

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