Machiavelli on Modern Leadership: Why Machiavelli's Iron Rules Are As Timely And Important Today As Five Centuries Ago

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Niccolo Machiavelli, one of the eminent minds of the Italian Renaissance, spent much of a long and active lifetime trying to determine and understand what exceptional qualities of human character— and what surrounding elements of fortune, luck, and timing— made great men great leaders successful in war and peace.

In perhaps the liveliest book on Machiavelli in years, Michael A. Ledeen measures contemporary movers and doers against the timeless standards established by the great ...

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Machiavelli on Modern Leadership: Why Machiavelli's Iron Rules Are As Timely And Important Today As Five Centuries Ago

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Overview

Niccolo Machiavelli, one of the eminent minds of the Italian Renaissance, spent much of a long and active lifetime trying to determine and understand what exceptional qualities of human character— and what surrounding elements of fortune, luck, and timing— made great men great leaders successful in war and peace.

In perhaps the liveliest book on Machiavelli in years, Michael A. Ledeen measures contemporary movers and doers against the timeless standards established by the great Renaissance writer. Titans of statecraft (Margaret Thatcher, Francois Mitterrand, Pope John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton); business and finance (Bill Gates); Wall Street and investing (Warren Buffett); the military (Colin Powell), and sports (Michael Jordan) are judged by Machiavelli's precepts on leadership and the proper use of power. The result is a wide-ranging and scintillating study that illuminates the thoughts of the Renaissance master and the actions of today's truly towering figures as well as the character-challenged pretenders to greatness.

Here is an exceptional book on Machiavelli and his ultra-realistic exploration of human nature— then and now.

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"To illustrate his ideas, Machiavelli made it a practice to give two examples, one ancient and one 'fresh.' With a firm grasp on American contemporary domestic and foreign policy, Michael Ledeen has provided what readers of Machiavelli need today—modern or 'fresh' examples. Machiavelli on Modern Leadership goes beyond the Medici and Borgias, reaches for intelligent and courageous examples in the corrupt worlds of modern government, business, the armed forces and religion, to reveal that Machiavelli's warnings are hammering on the door of the 21st century."—Sebastian de Grazia, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Machiavelli in Hell

Machiavelli on Modern Leadership slaps modern society across the face with ancient truths about human nature and power. Its honesty takes your breath away and its many stories ring true."—Phillip K. Howard, author of The Death of Common Sense

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312263560
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 5/5/2000
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 670,388
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael A. Ledeen, a noted political analyst and author, is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. A regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal, he lives in Washington, D.C.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2000

    Good Contemporary Interpretation

    Ledeen provides a good interpretation of Machiavelli that motivated me to actually read The Prince. It helped me realize why I had misgivings about Clinton despite the fact I had voted for him twice. Several times, however, I wondered why Ledeen chose some of his examples. Nevertheless my second read of the book was invigorating and more enjoyable than the first.

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