An Unlikely Prince: The Life and Times of Niccolo Machiavelli

An Unlikely Prince: The Life and Times of Niccolo Machiavelli

by Niccolo Capponi
     
 

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An acclaimed historian presents a fresh and revealing portrait of famous political theorist Niccolò Machiavelli and his native-born city of FlorenceSee more details below

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An acclaimed historian presents a fresh and revealing portrait of famous political theorist Niccolò Machiavelli and his native-born city of Florence

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Publishers Weekly
Niccolò Machiavelli is renowned for being one of the most famous writers of his time. While subsequent scribes have decried him as a cynic, a soulless proponent of tyranny, and a political genius, few have looked closely at his life in an attempt to contextualize his philosophies. Capponi wants readers to understand where Machiavelli was coming from, what his intentions were, and how he was regarded by his contemporaries. He completes this daunting task by relying on exhaustive biographical data, a deep understanding of Florentine culture and history, and a personal investment in the text: he's a direct descendant of Machiavelli. Capponi guides readers through Machiavelli's entire life, pointing out where the writer's political aspirations failed and what made The Prince a desperate bid for favor from the Medici administration. History buffs will appreciate Capponi's enthusiasm and comprehensive research, but readers looking for a new interpretation of The Prince should look elsewhere. As a biography, however, it's fantastic.
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Publishers Weekly, 8/16/10
fantastic...history buffs will appreciate Capponi's enthusiasm and comprehensive research.”

Forward This Week, 9/2/10
“Capponi, renowned historian and descendant of Niccolo Machiavelli, dispels misconceptions and establishes historical context in this biography.”
 

Times Literary Supplement, 10/15/10
“Detailed and engaging.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306817564
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
06/29/2010
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
9.32(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.19(d)

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